Join us the evening of Friday, June 2nd at the MN State Fairgrounds for a joy-filled 5k!
Girls on the Run teams from the Twin Cities Metro area will join us at the MN State Fairgrounds for our Spring 5k event on Friday, June 2, 2023. The run will begin in waves starting at 6:30PM and take place on the roadways within the State Fairgrounds.
Girls on the Run teams in Rochester and Duluth will host smaller regional 5k events on Sunday, June 4th. Click here for Rochester info and here for Duluth info.
Every girl needs to have a registered Running Buddy to accompany her on race day. A Running Buddy is any trusted adult 18+, who can run/walk alongside their girl and cheer her on through this day of accomplishment. A running buddy can be a parent, grandparent, uncle, teacher, family, friend, favorite babysitter - anyone 18+ your girl knows and trusts!
Our 5k is open to all! We invite all runners and walkers to join us for the 5k. Ask other family members, siblings and friends to join us also!
All Running Buddies, parents and friends running the 5k must register. The registration fee is $30 until May 15th, $35 May 16 - June 1 and $40 on race day, with a pay-what-you-can option. Registration opens March 2023! GOTR participants and coaches are automatically registered for the 5k!
Running buddies will receive their t-shirt and race bib from their team's GOTR coaches on race morning; there will be no separate packet pick-up. Upon arrival at the MN State Fairgrounds, Running Buddies and families can go directly to your team meeting location.
Wave Assignments for Spring 2023 will be announced by April 24th. The Spring 2023 event will have 10 start waves. The first wave of runners will start at 6:30PM, with additional waves starting every 7 minutes until 7:33PM. Check back for your teams assigned wave!
Community Runners not affiliated with a GOTR team should plan to start in the first wave.
Please plan to arrive 45 minutes before your wave start time to allow for parking and walking to the start line.
Community Runners not affiliated with a GOTR team will pick up their t-shirt and race bib at our registration tent on race morning. We invite you to start in the first wave.
The 5k course will be run on the roadways in the MN State Fairgrounds. The 5k will begin on Carnes Ave near the Grandstand, weave through all your favorite State Fair locations and finish on Judson Ave near Warner Coliseum. Course map coming soon!
Parking & Transportation
Free Parking will be available in the MN State Fairgrounds. Metro Transit also has routes available and some teams may be taking a bus together from their school; check with your coaches.
ADA Parking will be available for those with a state issued ADA parking permit. ADA Parking will be near our bus parking lot, please follow signs for bus parking and enter the Fairgrounds from Como Ave and Canfield St.
This is an important day for our girls and the 5K will be held rain, snow or shine. Ultimately, we invite you to make the best decision for you and your participant Sunday morning. Should outside conditions become unsafe, we will notify participants through email and social media as soon as possible, and you can also visit our Facebook page for updates.
Race Etiquette This is a non-competitive event and we encourage all runners to go their “happy pace.” To keep the course clear for all, we ask slower runners and walkers to stay to the right, leaving room for other runners to pass.
Pets are not allowed on the run course or in the start/finish areas. We have a large number of youth attending our event, for everyone's safety, please leave pets at home.
Event Guides Check back mid-April for our Spring event guide.