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

Capital Area 5K
Sunday, November 24, 2024

HACC Harrisburg

One Hacc Drive

Harrisburg, PA 17110


8:00 a.m. - Girls on the Run Friends & Family Zone opens
9:30 a.m. - Girls on the Run 5K start


Registration Type Price
September 20 - 5K Online Registration Opens $35
October 25 - register by this date for a guaranteed GOTR 5K shirt -
November 8 - Spirit on the Course sign closes at 9:00 am $20
November 8 - Online 5K Registration Closes at 9:00 am -
Day of Event Registration $40

Registration prices increases to $40 after November 8 for day of registration. Bring your phone to register on the day of the event. 

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

Let this information guide you for the big event! 

  • Online 5K Registration is open from September 20 - November 8 (closes at 9:00 AM). After the online registration closes, individuals will only have the option to register in person on the day of the event. Registration fee increases to $40
  • Interested in ordering a Spirit on the Course sign to cheer your GOTR girl on? Click here to order by November 8 at 9:00 am. You can also order a sign when registering for the 5K
  • Friends & Family Zone opens at 8:00 am. The entrance will close at 9:10 am to prepare for the start of the 5K. Warm-up and announcements start at 9:15 am with the 5K start at 9:30 am. 
  • Free parking is available. See map for Accessible Parking location at the event. Individuals must have an accessible placard to park in this area. If you do not have a placard but need to park close due to health reasons, please contact for a pass.
  • See our 5K Course map here.
  • Click here to view the Fall 2024 5K Event Guide. It includes all the information you need to know about 5K day! 

    **Entrance to HACC will close for the event at 9:10 am for the start of the 5K and will reopen once all participants are safely on campus (approx. 9:45/50 am). If you are running late, you will be diverted to park at the Farm Show. Tell the parking attendants that you are with the Girls on the Run event and they will not charge for parking!

H - 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! 

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

  • Set-up and Tear Down
  • Registration
  • Volunteer Check In
  • Course Guides
  • 5K Buddies
  • Water Station
  • Cheer Stations
  • Happy Hairband Station
  • Bling Your Bib Station
  • Faulkner Car Station
  • Photo Booth
  • Poster Making Station 
  • Face Jewels


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 23-25 minutes, most cross the finish line in 30-60 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 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 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.

A 5K Buddy is an individual 16 or older, 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 and friends of program participants can participate in the event, but must register. We do not encourage community members to participate due the size of the 5K already.

A site-based 5K means the 5K course will take place at the site where an individual team practiced throughout the season. 

This means our end-of-season 5K is an external 5K, or a community 5K that is developed, organized and managed by an organization outside of Girls on the Run. Our council has chosen to participate in this event as our culminating 5K.

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! 

We highly encourage 5K Buddies, even for the virtual 5K.

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 table to commemorate this memorable event.

Yes! As this is the highlight of the season, there will be flots of activity stations and more! Of course, we’ll have merchandise for sale, too!

The price will increase for individuals registering on the day of the event. 

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Two Girls on the Run Coaches smile while running

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