Girls on the Run 5K - Sweet Briar College

April 29, 2017, Sweet Briar College

Registration Details
April 29, 2017

Sweet Briar College
Amherst, VA
8:00 AM | Pre-Race activities begin
9:30 AM | 5K Start Time
Course Information
Course Map

The Celebration 5K course loops around the stunning campus of Sweet Briar College. Setting off with a Cross-Country "wave" Start, the runners will head from the Athletic fields towards Guion Parking lot to the main road. They will stay straight and move onto Elijah Road to make a right turn at Physical Plant Road. Runners will then cross through the traffic circle to Chapel Road and head towards the Student parking area. From there they will pick up Dairy Road and head towards the stables, passing the horse pastures and head up to Daisy's Monument to circle around to the Athletic fields and the Finish Line. This is a challenging course with hills, gravel and dirt roads; we encourage hill training to meet this challenge.  For a map of the campus, click here.  For a virtual experience of the college, click here.

Packet Pick-Up

Run Packets for Participants (and registered family members) of this season's Girls on the Run teams will be delivered to their Coaches.  Registered runners may choose to pick up their packets with their participating child's team OR on Thursday, April 27th from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Girls on the Run office at 1713 12th Street (please use rear  entrance) OR on the day of the event at Sweet Briar College beginning at 8:00 a.m.  You will be given the option to choose your pickup site when you register. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will the 5k run take?

Finishing times vary of course, but our fastest runners will complete the run in about 27 minutes. Most runners will fall between 30-45 minutes We will be sweeping the course at one hour from the starting time to ensure all runners have returned to the starting area.

Weather/Emergency Policy

The Girls on the Run Celebration 5K will happen rain or shine!  Participants should dress in layers appropriate to the weather conditions.  While every effort will be made to work through difficult weather conditions, if it can be done safely, it will go on.  In cases of extreme weather, the event may be cancelled and will not be rescheduled and refunds will not be issued.


All Parking (except Handicap Parking) will be done at Amherst County High School.  Buses will be available to shuttle participants and their families to the Sweet Briar College Campus from 7:45 a.m-9:00 a.m.  The Campus is just 2 miles from ACHS and will take about 5-7 minutes, depending on traffic.  Handicap Parking will be available on Sweet Briar's Campus with appropriate tags or prior arrangements. Return buses will begin around 10:00 a.m., once the main road is reopened.

Can I bring my dog or pet?

For safety, all furry friends are not allowed on the course or at the event, so please leave all pets at home on 5K day!


For safety, only assisted athlete strollers are allowed on the course. Please contact us with any special needs.

Can I get a refund if I can't participate?

Due to the planning and cost of the event, refunds will not be issued. If you find that you cannot attend this event, we can defer your registration to another event in the future with a minimum of 48 hours notice prior to this event.

Volunteer Registration

This event would not be possible without the help of amazing volunteers who believe in our mission and show up to support our girls. Over 100 volunteers are needed to put on our best 5K yet! Whatever your special skills and talents, we have a role for everyone.

Volunteer Today
Race Packet Stuffing

(Saturday, April 22, 2017, 9:30 AM)-Help fill race bags for all participants, coaches and registered runners at our Lynchburg office. This volunteer opportunity is best suited for individuals over 18 years of age.


(Friday, April 28th & 29th)-Help load supplies from our office to the truck for transport to Sweet Briar College and assist our crew at Sweet Briar College in setting up the race course, putting up signage and getting supplies in place for the next day. This involves heavy lifting.


Arrive early to assist with setting up all pre-race activities, and make final course preparations for our runners.


(ages 16 and above)-The parking volunteers will work as a team to facilitate the flow of cars into parking areas. This is a critical area where we need assertive volunteers!


(ages 16 and up)- Assist our Volunteer Coordinator in checking in volunteers, handing out volunteer shirts and disbursing volunteers to their respective duties.


(age 16 and up)-Check in registered runners (does not include GOTR participants), assist with the registration process and hand out race packets.

Merchandise Sales

(age 16 and up)-Help set up and oversee the sale of Girls on the Run Merchandise before, during and after the event.


(age 12 and up)-Help participants apply temporary tattoos and create lively and colorful heads of hair with hair paint and accessories. Gloves and capes will be provided.

Photo Station Attendants

Assist participants and teams in taking photos on individual cameras at our photo station.

Finish Line Security

(Ages 18 and above)-Assist at the finish line with runners coming in. Requires the ability to be firm yet friendly so that this area can remain uncluttered for the participants’ safety.

Course Monitors

These great people will line the course and cheer on girls, providing assistance if needed. You may be asked to walk to your designated spot on the course, but transportation can be arranged as needed.

Running Buddies

Run the course with one or more of our participants to encourage and motivate them to complete the course. Requires the ability to run/walk 3.1 miles.

Water Station Attendants

(ages 8 and up, with adult supervision)-Hand out water to thirsty athletes and cheer them on. Assist with setup and breakdown of the water station as well.

Refreshment Table

(ages 14 and up)-Assist in handing out snacks to participants, coaches, and registered runners in the finish area. This position also involves monitoring the entrance and exit to ensure smooth flow of traffic.


(ages 18 and up)-This requires a flexible person willing to fill in where we need you the most. You may be placed in more than one position throughout the morning.

Course Breakdown

After the last runner crosses the finish line, these folks help clean up the party! This may require heavy lifting. We will be loading the truck on campus, then returning to our mid-town office to unload and you may assist in all or part of this process. You may sign up for any of the other positions in addition to this.

5K Photos

Girls on the Run Central Virginia
1713 12th Street
Lynchburg, VA 24501

(434) 528-3767/FAX: (434) 847-1210