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 North 5K Newark (Essex, Morris and Union)
Saturday, June 10

Branch Brook Park, Northern Division between Bloomfield Avenue and Heller Parkway, Newark NJ

Park Entrance near GOTR Village: Ballantine Gates at 257-259 Ballantine Parkway, Newark NJ 07104

*Please note parking is limited along the one-way Branch Brook Park loop road. Please leave extra time to get to the starting line! 


7:45 AM - Packet pick up 

8 AM - Girls on the Run Festival; GOTR teams meet by their county flag Morris, Union & Essex

8:30 AM - Pre-race program begins

8:45 AM - Teams gather at starting line 

9 AM - Girls on the Run 5K Start

*The 5K Celebration is a rain or shine event!


Registration Type Price
Online Registration through June 8 $35
June 9 - 10 (race day) $40

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

Additional information for 5K day:

  • Free parking is available along Branch Brook Park Drive. Limited parking is also available in a small lot at the north end of the soccer fields (Branch Brook Park Drive and Heller Parkway).
  • We are recommending an 8am arrival to warm up and ensure everyone in your group is checked in at registration.
  • Race morning registration and bib pickup will begin at 7:45am at our registration tent.
  • Please come to the Athlete's Village to meet your coaches and your team.
  • This is a self-timed event.


We are seeking 5K sponsors! Check out our 2023 Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities for details.


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
  • Parking
  • Registration
  • Course Marshals
  • Sparkle Runners
  • Water Stations
  • GOTR Spirit Tables



Adult 5K participant smiles while running outdoors through the city


The course for a 5K is 3.1 miles. 

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!

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!

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. 

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

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, there will be an appreciation station, water stations, happy hair stations, music and more! Of course, we’ll have merchandise for sale, too!

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.

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.

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