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

Fall 2024 5k
Saturday, November 9th

Delaware Park, Buffalo NY


9:30 a.m. race start - RAIN OR SHINE!!!




OPEN now through November 6th : Online registration $25
Friday, November 8th: Walk up registration at FLEET FEET BUFFALO 10AM-6PM $30


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

The 3.1 mile course is at Delaware Park, Buffalo, NY  (by Buffalo Zoo entrance)

Date: Saturday, November 9th


RACE START: 9:30 am 

Pre-5k activities:

  • Each team will meet at their school sign prior to the race.
  • Coaches will have colorful hairspray for the team!
  • There will be pre 5k Zumba & music!
  • Be sure to check out our selfie station to take a picture with your running buddy or team.
  • We will have new fun GOTR gear available for purchase at the Merchandise Tent! 

Packet Pick up: Fleet Feet, Buffalo, NY

 Running Buddies will pick up their race bib & shirt on Friday, November 8th at FLEET FEET BUFFALO, 10AM - 6 PM

You do not need to pick up anything for your GOTR girl- they will wear their GOTR season shirt and they will receive their race bib from their coach. 

Girls Bibs: Will be given to them from their coaches.  Please pin bibs to front, outermost layer of clothing. 

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
  • Food Tent
  • Traffic
  • Cheer Stations
  • Happy Hair or Face-Painting Station
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 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.

A Running Buddy is an individual (18+) 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 GOTR girl who completes the 5K will receive a medal.

Yes! This race is open to the public. 

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 Zumba & music to warm up, team meet-up locations, hairspray & facepaint for coaches & teams & of course, we’ll have merchandise for sale, too! Post race grab and go bags provided by Wegman's for all participants!

The price increases to $30 for in-person registration. There is no race day registration. 

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