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! Every child in our program receives a commemorative medal to celebrate this incredible achievement.

5K Celebration

Confidence through

5K Event Details

Fall Season Celebratory 5K
Sunday, December 4, 2022

Druid Hill Park 
1 Safari Place
Baltimore, MD 21217


8 a.m. - Girls on the Run Greater Chesapeake Pre-Race Festivities
9 a.m. - Girls on the Run Greater Chesapeake 5K


Registration Type Price
Oct 14 - October 31: Early Bird (Online) $25
Nov 1 - Nov 30 : General (Online) $30

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

Let this information guide you for the big event! 

  • Park at the Maryland Zoo located at 1 Safari Place, Baltimore, MD 21217. 

    There are TWO ENTRANCES that can be used to get into the Zoo parking. 

    1)    Gwynn Falls Parkway off of Druid Lake Park Drive OR

    2)    Greenspring Avenue at Beechwood Drive

    All participants, families/caregivers, friends, and volunteers should park in the ZOO PARKING LOT. Signs, police and volunteers will be positioned throughout the park to direct traffic to the appropriate parking lot. Please see FAQs for additional information.

  • Please note that the course does have some hills
  • RE-RACE PACKET PICK-UP AND LATE REGISTRATION - Pre-race packet pickup on Friday, December 2, and Saturday morning, December 3, at the GOTRC offices at 129 Lubrano Drive, Suite L-102 (lower level), Annapolis, MD 21401.
      • 12/2 (10 am - 2 pm and 4 pm - 6 pm)
      • 12/3 (10 am - 12 pm).
      • Late registration on-site $40

The Girls on the Run 5K would not be possible without the help of amazing volunteers who believe in our mission and show up to support our girls. Whatever your special skills and talents, we have a role for everyone. Keep a look out for our 5K volunteer registration form coming soon!

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

  • Set-up and Tear Down
  • Start & Finish Line Support
  • Bib Pick-Up
  • Course Marshals
  • Running Buddies
  • Water Stations
  • Post Race Refreshments
  • Cheer Stations
  • Happy Hair
  • Bling Your Bib 

Contact us  if you are interested in volunteering at our next 5K! 


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. We will be sweeping the course at one hour from the starting time to ensure all runners have returned to the starting area. Everyone who participates is encouraged to walk, roll, push, run or skip at their happy pace!

If your daughter is participating in the Fall 2022 program, her registration was included in program registration and she does not need to register for the GOTR 5K.

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

All Running Buddies and community participants will need to register for the 5K. Please register in the early bird registration for guaranteed t-shirt sizing (10/14 - 10/31). Standard registration is open through 11/30/2022.

Yes! Family, friends and community members outside of our program can participate in the event, but must register. Please register in the early bird registration for guaranteed t-shirt sizing (10/14 - 10/31). Standard registration is open through 11/30/2022.

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.

We expect approximately 1,600 runners on race day. Please give yourself plenty of time to allow for parking in the Zoo parking lot and walking to the race village at the bottom of Mansion House Drive. ARRIVE EARLY to avoid pre-race parking traffic. GOTRGC girls should plan to meet their team by 7:45 am - 8:00 a.m. in their team color zone. This gives them time to warm up and enjoy pre-race activities in our race village.

On race day we will utilize the parking lots on the Maryland Zoo property (LOTS A, B & C.) PLEASE FOLLOW POLICE AND ATTENDANT DIRECTION! Runners are asked NOT TO PARK in any other area, unless directed. WE ASK RUNNERS TO USE BOTH EXIT 7 and EXIT 9 OFF OF I-83 TO SPREAD THE TRAFFIC. Runners may enter the parking area from TWO ENTRANCES: 1) Gwynn Falls Pkwy. off of Druid Park Lake Dr. 2) Greenspring Ave. at Beechwood Dr. THERE WILL BE TRAFFIC RACE MORNING. PLEASE BE PATIENT AND ARRIVE EARLY. GIVE YOURSELF PLENTY OF TIME TO PARK AND GET TO THE START LINE. PLAN TO LEAVE 30 MINUTES BEFORE YOU WERE THINKING ABOUT LEAVING.

Your girl will meet her team based on the color wave she is in on the Race Village field (along Mansion House Drive). Color waves will be shared with coaches and teams prior to the 5K.

Absolutely! Every registered participant gets a GOTR race bib and those who signed up during the early bird registration are guaranteed t-shirt sizing for their GOTRGC 5K shirt.

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 continually monitor the courses. Our council has a safety plan in place, which trains staff and volunteers on how to respond during an emergency or incident.

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! All pets will be asked to return to the pet owner's vehicle if spotted at the event.

Yes! As this is the highlight of the season, there will be face painting, water stations, happy hair stations and more! Of course, we’ll have merchandise for sale, too!

For non-program participants, we will have early bird, standard and late regitration. Early bird regitration (with guaranteed shirt sizing) is $25 from Oct 14- Oct 31, standard regitration is $30 from Nov 1- Nov 30, late regitsration is $40 during packet pick-up in our Annapolis office on Dec 2 & 3. 

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.

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