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

Greater Charlottesville Fall Season Celebratory 5K
Sunday, November 17, 2024

St. Anne's-Belfield Learning Village
799 Faulconer Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903


8:00 a.m.: Pre-Race Activities
9:30 a.m.: Race Start Time


Registration Type Price
Early Bird (Online): 8/7/2024- 9/29/2024 $20
General (Online): 9/29/2024- 11/13/2024 $30
Race Day Registration: (At the event) $45

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

Parking for ALL Girls on the Run Participants, families, registered runners and friends will be available at Albemarle High School (2775 Hydraulic Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22901). 

Shuttles will provide transportation to St. Anne's Campus and back. THERE IS NO PARKING AVAILBLE AT ST. ANNE'S-BELFIELD LOWER SCHOOL.

Please respect our hosts by parking off campus and using the provided shuttle bus for transportation. 

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! 

Most Needed Positions:

  • Parking
  • Runner Registration
  • Course Monitors/ Cheer Station

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

  • Set-up and Tear Down
  • Parking
  • Runner Registration
  • Merchandise
  • Volunteer Check-in
  • Course Monitors/ Cheer Station
  • Water Station
  • Pre-Race Activities
  • Lap Counters

Note: All volunteers appointed through our council will 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!

No. All GOTR participants, family members, registered runners and friends must park at Albemarle High School TO BE CONFIRMED (2775 Hydraulic Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22901) and take the shuttle bus.

Only 5K Volunteers, Girls on the Run Coaches, and approved handicapped visitors are allowed to park on campus.

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 that 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 upon request. 

A Running Buddy is a volunteer designated by our council to complete the 5K alongside a program participant.

No. Running buddies are volunteers and must undergo a background check. All other participants (parents/ guardians) are considered registered runners and must register as such.

If you would like to participate in our 5K Event, we encourage you to register as a registered runner and accomplish this goal alongside your child.

Absolutely! Every registered participant who completes the 5K will receive a medal.

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

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! 

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

Yes. Early bird registration will end on 3/6 and there will be a price increase. There will also be a price increase after registration ends on 4/17. If you have not registered by 4/17, you will be able to register on race day.

Council staff will send reminders for those wishing to participate to register in advance.

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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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