DO I HAVE TO KNOW A GOTR PARTICIPANT TO REGISTER FOR THE 5K?
No, everyone is welcome to join us! We offer three categories of registration for the 5k - running buddies, sparkle runners and community runners.
- Running buddies - a trusted adult (family member or friend) invited by a girl to run alongside her at the Girls on the Run 5k, supporting her and celebrating her accomplishment.
- Sparkle Runners - Sparkle Runners are the official 'party starter' out on the course. On the morning of the race, they may be paired with a team or simply bring the fun to all the girls along the route. Sparkle Runners must be female, 18+, and submit a background check.
- Community Runners - anyone (any age or gender) who would like to participate in the race on their own.
CAN BOYS/MEN PARTICIPATE IN THE GIRLS ON THE RUN 5K?
Yes! Anyone who wants to run, walk, or skip to the finish line is welcome!
MY GIRL IS A GOTR PARTICIPANT-- DO I NEED TO REGISTER HER FOR THE 5K?
All current GOTR participants (and coaches) are AUTOMATICALLY registered for the 5K. Parents/Grandparents/Guardians who wish to run with their girls will need to register as Running Buddies. Fee waivers are available upon request by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHEN DO I GET MY RACE BIB AND SHIRT?
Girls will receive their race bibs at the 5K event from their coaches. Running buddies, sparkle runners and community runners can pick up their race bibs and shirts ahead of time at Packet Pick-up on June 1 and 2 at Fleet Feet Marathon Sports (2312 W 50th St, Minneapolis), or on race day at Normandale Community College between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. (please allow plenty of time for pick-up on race day).
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Please plan for the weather and dress in layers. Tutus, capes, and any other flair is welcome and encouraged!
What do I do for parking and transportation?
Please allow plenty of time to arrive at the race site. Free parking will be available in the Normandale Community College parking
ramp and parking lots 3,4,5 & 6, enter from Collegeview Rd or W 94th St. from France Avenue. Because of the large size of our event (approximately 4,500 runners) there will be traffic congestion and parking will fill quickly, please note if you arrive after 8am you may have to park in Normandale’s “back” lots which are approximately ½ mile from the race village, please allow for plenty of time. Additionally, the Metro Transit System provides convenient bus service to the college from many locations within the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
IS THERE A PLACE TO CHECK MY BELONGINGS BEFORE THE START OF THE 5K?
Yes, we will have a bag check available to secure your belongings during the race.
WHAT ACTIVITIES ARE HAPPENING BEFORE THE START OF THE 5K?
There are many great pre-race activities and there is some serious excitement in the air!
*Visit the Happy Hair Station sponsored by Great Clips
*Visit the Dream Team (more info below)
*Snap a photo in front of the GOTR picture wall
*Dance to music
WHAT IS THE DREAM TEAM?
Our Spring 2017 race will once again include a Dream Team hall of inspirational leaders from the community who have unique careers. Girls will have the opportunity to meet local women in occupations that are uncommon for their gender. Past participants included: professional athlete, fire captain, fighter pilot and more! Girls will receive a passport to get stamped at each stop as they see how other women boldly pursue their dreams.
What time does the run start?
The 5k run will begin at 9am. The race village will be open at 7:30 am, we encourage you to come early to enjoy our fun pre-race activities!
WHAT IF IT RAINS? WHAT IF IT'S TOO HOT?
This is an important day for our girls and the 5K will be held rain or shine. Should outside conditions become unsafe, we will notify participants through email and social media as soon as possible.
HOW WILL THE 5K START?
To provide all participants a fun and safe experience, we will be starting the race in waves based on school/site name. Each school/site will be assigned a color to designate their starting wave and there will be plenty of signage to help participants know where to go. Each wave will be directed to the start line in three to four minute intervals.
Community runners with a girl participating are welcome to join their girl's wave or start in the first wave. Runners not affiliated with a school/site are encouraged to join the first wave.
IS THE 5K TIMED?
No. We encourage girls to run or walk at their own pace, instead of competing for time or with their peers. If she wants to know her time, we suggest wearing a watch. There will be a large race clock at the finish line.
HOW LONG DOES THE 5K TAKE?
A 5K is 3.1 miles long. Each participant should run or walk at a pace that is comfortable for them.
IS THERE A COURSE TIME LIMIT?
Nope! We keep the course open until every participant crosses the finish line. Typically, the course remains open until 10:30AM (90 minutes after first wave).
HOW MANY WATER STATIONS WILL BE THERE AND AT WHAT MILES WILL THEY BE LOCATED?
There will be two on-course water stations providing water to runners at approximately the 1 and 2 mile mark of the race.
WILL MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS BE ON-SITE?
Yes, we will have a medical tent near the finish line staffed with an ambulance, EMT’s and athletic trainers. In case of a medical emergency, please dial 911 and alert race officials.
Are strollers allowed?
Yes, athletes of all ages are welcome! We ask that participants with strollers start at the back of their wave.
Can I bring my dog or pet?
Sometimes our furry friends can be the best running buddies, but for the safety of everyone, please leave all pets at home. All pets will be asked to return to the pet owner's vehicle if spotted at the event.
WILL THERE BE FOOD OR DRINKS AVAILABLE?
Water, coffee, bagels, and other post-race snacks will be available to all participants.
HOW WILL I FIND MY DAUGHTER AFTER THE 5K?
If you are not participating in the 5K, a Running Buddy (either a volunteer or coach) will be assigned to run/walk with your girl. Upon completion of the 5k running buddies will bring girls back to their team meeting spot to reunite with parents and coaches. Lost girls are encouraged to head back to their team meeting spot or the DJ stage to reunite with their families.
I REGISTERED TO RUN, BUT CAN NO LONGER RUN. CAN I GET A REFUND?
Registrations are non-refundable.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD KNOW?
This will be the first 5K for many participants. Please be positive, courteous, and patient on this incredible day. Volunteers will be available to help with questions on event morning. See you there!