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

GOTR Fall 5K Celebration
Sunday November 20, 2022

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

7101 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda MD 20817


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

5K start line will close at 9:10am 


Buddy Runner Pricing Schedule.      

No race day registration 

Registration Type Dates Pricing 
Early Bird & Guaranteed Tshirt  Oct 3-17 $35
Standard Oct 18 - Nov 17 (12:00pm) $40
Late  November 19 @ Packet Pickup $50

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) will start and finish in Celebration Village located in the northeast parking lot at the Westfield Montgomery Mall.  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. S22 Wave List (1)-1


Runners will exit the mall at Motor City Dr. onto Westlake Terrace, turning left onto Democracy. Before turning left onto Rockledge runners will hit the 1 mile marker just before the one and only water station 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 is experiencing difficulty, 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 our event and that you recycle or compost when possible! 


  • County road closures will begin at 8:30am and will last in the affected areas until the last first and 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 map and Celebration Village 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 volunteer form today! 

Packet pickup and Last Chance 5K registration

Saturday, November 19 


Westfield Montgomery Mall (in front of Lululemon)

Packet Pickup is for buddy runners who registered on or after November 7th.  If you are a buddy runner who registered prior to Sunday, November 6th at 11:59pm, your 5K shirt (if applicable) and race bib will be sent home with the GOTR participant you designated at registration.  Packet pickup is also available (although highly discouraged) on race day between 7:30am-8:30am. Please be patient as long lines are common. 

Last Chance 5K Buddy Registration will also take place at packet pickup.  Higher fees in effect. There is no race day buddy runner 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!

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 highly encourages every participant to have a running buddy, and only critical 5K volunteers have access to confidential information.

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. Please contact Leanne Till to make arrangements.  

A buddy runner is a parent/guardian who completes the 5K alongside a program participant through the entire duration of the course and are responsible for their well being. We request that all buddy runners be over the age of 16. 

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.

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!

For non-program participants, the price will increase three weeks out from the event.

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Two Girls on the Run Coaches smile while running

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