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
Saturday, May 11, 2024

Akron RubberDucks Stadium / Canal Park

300 S. Main Street

Akron, OH 44308


Gates open at 8am, 5K start at 9:30am


Registration Type Price
Early Bird (through April 11th) (online only) $35.00
Standard Registration (April 12th-May 9th) (online only) $40.00
Day-of Registration (May 11th) (in-person only) $50.00

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! 

  • Parking is free in many of the lots surrounding the stadium. CLICK HERE to see our Parking & Dropoff Zone Map.
  • We recommend arriving at least 30 minutes prior to the event to warm up and ensure everyone in your group is checked in at registration - be sure to account for traffic and construction.
  • A venue map will be added here as event logistics have been finalized.
  • Find our 5K Course Map HERE.
  • Check out our ACCESSIBILITY GUIDE to see what information and services are available at our event.
  • Check out our 5K SOCIAL STORY to learn more about what you can expect at our 5K event.
  • Review our event CODE OF CONDUCT.

Volunteers help ensure our end of season 5K celebration is safe and fun for all in attendance! Multiple volunteer shifts are available to choose from!

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

  • Set-up and Tear Down
  • Registration
  • Course Crew
  • Water Stop
  • Merchandise
  • Cheer Stations
  • and SO MUCH MORE!

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!

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). 

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. 

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.

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

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, we plan for a variety of activities. Of course, we’ll have merchandise for sale, too!

For non-program participants, the price will increase a month out from the event, as well as at the event for day-of registration.

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Community members wearing tutus run the 5K

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