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

GOTR Spring 5K Celebration
Sunday May 21, 2023

Westfield Montgomery Mall, Northeast parking lot (across the street from Home Depot Plaza) 

7101 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda MD 20817



Girls on the Run of Montgomery County has adopted a more sustainable approach to our 5K.  As we continue to adopt best practices to reduce the waste produced from our event, we need the help from our 5K participants and spectators to accomplish our goals.  Please avoid single-use plastic water bottles or coffee cups and choose a sustainable, reusable water bottle or coffee cup. Water cups at our finish line are compostable so please use the compost bins provided to compost banana peels, water cups and other organic materials. Bar wrappers can be recycled through our partnership with Subaru in the Terra Cycle bins. After your amazing finish, locate the Bib & Pin orange recycling containers to recycle your race bibs and reuse donated pins for the next GOTR 5K. 

Thank you for being part of the solution!    If you would like to help out and be part of our sustainable movement, please contact


8:00 a.m. - Arrival time 
9:00 a.m. - Start of the Girls on the Run 5K

5K start line will close at 9:10 a.m.  Late starts will not be permitted.



Note: Guaranteed deadline for a team coach to pick up a buddy runner bib/shirt if applicable is May 7 @ 11:59pm. Buddy runners who register on or after May 8 must pickup their race material at packet pickup or the morning of the 5K.  Expect long lines and delays on race day! All runners must have a 5K bib in order to particpate.

Registration Type Dates Pricing 
Early bird pricing & guaranteed runner premium March 29-April 17


Standard pricing & coach pickup deadline April 18-May 7 $40
Late pricing

May 8-May 18, last day to register on-line, closes @ noon.

Saturday Packet Pickup Pricing

Last day to register in-person 


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


The ring road that encompasses Celebration Village will be closed beginning at 6:30am. To avoid road closures and control traffic delays before and after the run, we ask that you park in the following lots:

  • Purple bib: Nordstrom garage and open parking lot. Enter and exit off Democracy Blvd.
  • Green bib: Northwest parking lot, corner of Westlake Dr. & Westlake Terrace. Enter and exit off Westlake Dr.
  • Pink bib:  AMC/Macy's parking garage or lot. Enter and exit off Westlake Dr. or Democracy.

Please park and walk to Celebration Village located at the corner of Motor City Dr. and Westlake Terrace. There is no racer drop off. 



The Girls on the Run 5K (3.1 miles) end of season non-competitive and untimed event will start and finish in Celebration Village located in the northeast parking lot at the Westfield Montgomery Mall.  The 5K is an essential component of the program as it is an experiential opportunity for girls to learn and embrace the confidence that comes from accomplishment. We ask participants to arrive between 8-8:15am and join their team in Celebration Village. The 5K will begin promptly at 9:00am. The start line will close to all runners at 9:10am so please do not be late! When you arrive, please head to the feather flag that matches the color and number on your bib. Wave lists can be found HERE. 


Our 5K course begins in Celebration Village and will exit the mall at Motor City Dr. onto Westlake Terrace, turning left onto Democracy and left onto Rockledge. Course water station is located across the street from Walter Johnson High School. Runners will continue along the rolling hills of the industrial park before returning back to the mall to complete the 5K. There are no first aid stations on the course however if a runner requires first aid/medical attention, please seek assistance from one of our many course marshals wearing a GOTR orange vest or a safety runner wearing a GOTR pink. If you separate from your GOTR girl during the run, plan to meet back at your team's meeting area or at the family reunion area located in front of the stage.


Bananas, bars and water in cups will be available for runners who have completed the 5K. Please help us by using the compost receptacles provided to compost banana peels and water cups at one of the three recycling stations. Additionally, bar wrappers can be recycled using the Terra Bins provided by Subaru. We kindly ask that you limit the waste you bring to the 5K and that you recycle or compost.  


  • Rolling county road closures will begin at 8:30am and will be in effect until the last runners have safely cleared the area.   
  • Westbound lanes from Autopark Dr.-Democracy
    N/S lanes at Rock Spring Dr. between Fernwood and Rockledge.
    Rockledge Dr. loop between Democracy and Westlake Terr. 

Please refer to the 5K course map and Celebration Village map for additional information. 




Volunteers help ensure our end of season 5K celebration is possible. Interested in volunteering at our upcoming 5K event? Fill out our 5K Volunteer Registration Form today! 

5K Buddy Registration:

On-line registration will close on Thursday, May 18, at 12:00pm.

Last chance 5K buddy runner registration will take place on Saturday, May 20, at packet pickup located in front of lululemon in the mall. Higher fees will be in effect. Save your time if registering for yourself or another participant by printing and signing the appropriate waiver below. All waivers must be signed by the participating adult and be 18 years or older. If adding a participant under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must execute the agreement on behalf of the minor.  ENGLISH / SPANISH  waiver .

There is no 5K day buddy runner registration. 


Packet Pickup on Saturday, May 20 between 10am-12pm 

All Buddy Runners who registered on or prior to May 7 and designated a school/GOTR participant will have their 5K bib/shirt (if applicable) sent home with the GOTR participant the week of the 5K. Particpants who registered on or after May 8 or did not designate a school/GOTR participant should plan to attend packet pickup on one of the following days:

  • Saturday, May 20 @ Westfield Montgomery Mall (in front of Lululemon) and last chance 5K buddy runner in-person registration.
  • OR Sunday, May 21 @ the packet pickup tent between 7:30am-8:30am. Arrive early and expect delays. Tent will close at 8:30am no exceptions.  No race day buddy registration.
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!

Always best to make a plan with your child ahead of time. If you get lost during the 5K, we encourage all runners to finish the run and meet up at your team meeting area. If you cannot locate your child, head to the stage/family reunion area for announcements.

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) which has your emergency information listed.

Our council has a safety plan in place, which trains staff and volunteers on how to respond during an emergency or incident.  Most important, all volunteers and participants should be aware that if they “see something, say something.”

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. Please contact Leanne Till to make arrangements.  

For safety reasons, every girl in the program needs at least one 16 year old or older to be
her Buddy Runner at the 5K. This does not need to be her parent/guardian - it can be a coach,
teacher, relative or family friend! Adults can be running buddies to multiple girls (for example, one
teacher can be paired with a group of three girls on a team that will be participating together.)

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

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 that must be signed by the individual that is registering for the race. All waivers must be signed by a parent if the runner is under the age of 18.

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 want all our particpants to celebrate! Visit the sponsor booths and get free items or leave your mark on our 20' coloring mural or dance your way to the start line and so much more!  Of course, we’ll have merchandise for sale, too!

Celebration Village is where all the fun starts and ends. The location is the Westfield Montgomery Mall parking lot across the street from Home Depot off Westlake Terrace. 

Your bib will have all the information you need to locate your team.  The color and number on your bib will correspond with the color and number on a feather flag located in Celebration Village ie. if the color/# of your bib is purple 3, head to the #3 purple flag.

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