5K Celebration

Confidence through

Each season comes to an end with a celebratory 5K. This closing event gives program participants of all abilities a tangible sense of accomplishment. Crossing the finish line instills confidence through completion and is a joyful moment program participants always remember! Everyone in our program receives a commemorative medal to celebrate this incredible achievement.

5K Celebration

Confidence through

5K Event Details

2024 Fall Season 5K Celebration
Saturday, November 23, 2024

Al Lopez Park

4810 N Himes Ave

Tampa, FL 33614


7:30 AM -  Celebration Village Opens!

                   Hillsborough County Teams Arrive 

8:00 AM - Pinellas County Teams Arrive

8:30 AM - Pasco, Sarasota & Manatee County Teams Arrive

9:00 AM - Announcements Begin

9:30 AM - Girls on the Run 5K Begins!


Registration Type Price
5K Participant Registration Fee $35

NOTE: Program participants and coaches have already been registered for the 5K and DO NOT need to register.

Join us on Saturday, November 23, 2024 in Tampa at Al Lopez Park for the most joyous 5K around! The Girls on the Run 5K is open to the public and is for EVERYONE! We encourage walking, running, skipping, hopping - even dancing - to move forward. 

It's a 5K like no other - capes, giggles, smiles, tutus, crowns, girl power sparkle, color hairdos, cheers and encouragement abound! Everyone is free to be themselves (AKA AMAZING) and complete the 5K at their own happy pace and with their own unique style.

The Girls on the Run 5K event is the culminating celebration for every girl who has completed their 10-week Girls on the Run or Heart & Sole program. In the weeks leading up to the 5K, Girls on the Run inspires girls to take charge of their lives and define the future on their terms. It's a place where girls learn they can. No constraints. Only opportunities to be remarkable. 

  • This event is open to the public.
  • Strollers ARE permitted on the course. Children ages 4 and younger will not need to register. 
  • Pets are NOT ALLOWED at the Girls on the Run 5K. With the health and safety of all our participants in mind, we kindly ask that you please leave all furry friends at home! 

Packet Pick-Up for Running Buddies & Community Participants: avoid standing in line the morning of the 5K by picking up your celebration pack (event shirt, bib, and swag) at an earlier schedule packet pick-up.  Dates and locations coming soon!




If you are a volunteer from our community who would like to serve as a Running Buddy (18 years or older who does not have a connection to a specific girl or team) you will need to register for the 5K, as you will complete the course, and indicate that you would like to join our Sparklers!

Click here to register for the 5K as a Sparkler: https://www.pinwheel.us/register/index/S245K 

Sparklers will be provided with fun, sparkly gear and will serve as Running Buddies, Course Lookouts, the Sweep Team (so no girl finishes last) and more!

*Sparklers must have a cleared background check on file to participate. Background checks are completed online at no cost to you!

Volunteers help ensure our end of season 5K celebration is possible! Interested in volunteering at our upcoming 5K event? Click the button below to complete our volunteer form today! 

We need volunteers for the following activities to ensure our event is a success: 

· Set-Up & Break Down
· Parking
· Registration
· Water Stations
· Cheer Stations
· Happy Hair or Bling Your Bib Station

Note: Volunteers may be subject to background check. 

Hip! Hip! Hooray!

Pretty soon you and your girls will make your way to the end-of-season 5K event! This is the time where teams come together and celebrate the accomplishment of girls achieving a goal and preparing to cross the finish line. This moment, celebrated with friends, family, teachers/school administrators and other members of the community, will be the beginning of many more victories GOTR girls will experience in their lives!

Your girls have made incredible strides toward their seasonal feat – but it doesn’t stop here! 

Show your support out on our 5K course by purchasing a themed Spirit Sign for $25!  These 24 x 16 signs are displayed along the cours and can be personalized with your special message! Corporate signs are available as well! 

Signs can be purchased by families, friends, local businesses and anyone who wants to support our girls while fueling our Scholarship Fund! 

Orders MUST be placed by Friday, April 26!

Order Your Spirit Sign Here!

Adult 5K participant smiles while running outdoors through the city


The course for a 5K is 3.1 miles. 

As a reminder, this is a fun, celebratory event for our participants and not a competitive race. While our fastest 5K participants will complete the course in 25 minutes, most cross the finish line in 30-50 minutes. Everyone who participates is encouraged to walk, roll, push, run or skip at their happy pace!

First, we understand that life happens, and circumstance might make it impossible to attend.


We strongly encourage that all participants attend and complete the 5K, as it is the goal that teams are preparing for all season long! It’s the ultimate opportunity to build confidence through accomplishment. Remember, this is the first 5K event for many – including coaches, participants, friends and family members. We are in it together!

For safety reasons, every participant must wear a run bib (provided by the council). Our council ensures every participant has a running buddy, and only critical 5K volunteers have access to confidential information.

To ensure every participant crosses the finish line, we monitor the course and conduct head counts. Our council has a safety plan in place, which trains staff and volunteers on how to respond during an emergency or incident.

Yes. Girls on the Run 5K events are for everyone! All participants can walk, run, push or roll safely and at their own happy pace. Designated parking spots are available.

NO. With the safety of our participants in mind, we kindly ask that you please leave all furry friends at home!

Pets are not allowed in Celebration Village or on the 5K course at any time.

A Running Buddy is an individual (18 years or older) designated by the council or by the parent/guardian to complete the 5K alongside a program participant during the 5K event, for the entire duration of the course.

Yes! This is encouraged! This is a great way to accomplish a goal together. 

These large 24 x 16" signs are customized with YOUR MESSAGE and placed along our 5K route! After the 5K, a volunteer will sweep the course and gather Spirit Signs so your girl can take hers home! 

Absolutely! Every registered participant who completes the 5K will receive a medal and an event t-shirt.

Yes! Family, friends and community members outside of our program can participate in the event, but must register.

Yes. All 5K registration forms include liability waivers.

Yes! Our Council is selling merchandise to support our program! Be sure to look for our merchandise booth/tent to commemorate this memorable event.

Yes! As this is the highlight of the season, there will be a Zumba warm-up, water stations, happy hair and "Bling Your Bib" stations and more! Of course, we’ll have merchandise for sale, too!


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