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

Spring Season Celebratory 5K
May 19, 2024

People's Park behind Michigan State University International Center,  427 N Shaw Ln, East Lansing, MI 48824 (tentative)


11:00 AM


Registration Type Price
Early Bird (Online) Adult - thru 3/31  $35
Early Bird (Online) Youth - thru 3/31  $30
Early Bird (Online) 5K Buddy - thru 3/31  $20
General (Online) Adult - 4/1 thru 5/1 $40
General (Online) Youth - Dates:   4/1 thru 5/1 $35
General (Online) 5K Buddy - Dates:  4/1 thru 5/1 $25
Late (Online) Adult - 5/2 thru 5/19 $45
Late (Online) Youth - 5/2 thru 5/19 $40
Late (Online) 5K Buddy - 5/2 thru 5/19 $30

NOTE: Program participants have already been registered for the 5K and do NOT need to register. Coaches DO need to register, but do NOT need to pay a fee.

Let this information guide you for the big event! 

  • Course Map
  • Recommended Parking
  • 5K FAQ
  • Packet Pick Up (*Note:  5K Buddies, and other community participants will be able to pick up their 5K shirt, running bib and other 5K goodies either at a Packet Pick-Up location prior to 5K day, or on-site on 5K day. 5K packets for Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole participants are distributed differently than Running Buddy 5K packets. Coaches will pick up a “team packet” at either packet pick-up option.  The team packet will contain the girls’ bibs, medals, and other goodies.  The coaches will give these to their participants at the 5K.)
    • Friday May 5/17 at Playmakers, 2299 W. Grand River Ave, Okemos 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
    • Sunday, May 19 at People’s Park behind MSU’s International Center, 427  N. Shaw Ln., East Lansing, MI  48824 starting at 9:00 AM
  • Please ensure you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the event to warm up and ensure everyone in your group is checked in at registration.

Volunteers help ensure our end of season 5K celebration is possible. Interested in volunteering at our upcoming 5K event? Fill out our volunteer form today! 

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

  • Set-up and Tear Down
  • Registration
  • Course Marshalls
  • Running Buddies
  • Water Stations
  • Cheer Stations
  • Happy Hair or Face-Painting Station

Note: Depending on the role, volunteers appointed through our council may undergo a background check. 

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 race bib (provided by the council). Our council ensures every participant who would like the support of a running buddy has one, 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.

A Running Buddy is an individual 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. 

Absolutely! Every registered participant who completes the 5K will receive a medal and an event shirt is included with registration through the general registration period.

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

A virtual 5K is still a 3.1-mile event, but is completed from a location that you choose. That could be in your neighborhood, at a nearby park, on a trail or even on a treadmill! It’s your 5K and you can run, walk, roll or push it at your own happy pace! 

We highly encourage Running Buddies, even for the virtual 5K.

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 selfie station, water stations, happy hair stations and more! Of course, we’ll have merchandise for sale, too!

For non-program participants, the price will increase three weeks out from the event.

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Two Girls on the Run Coaches smile while running

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Not a coach or a Girls on the Run participant?  
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