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9th Annual Girls on the Run Fall 5k



Time: 1:00 pm
Venue: IC Kickers Soccer Park -- 4400 Soccer Park Rd.
Location: Iowa City, IA

Event Itinerary

This family-friendly, celebratory race is the culminating event of the 10-week, 20-lesson Girls on the Run program for 3rd – 6th grade girls and Heart & Sole program for middle-school girls. Join hundreds of girls and their Running Buddies from 34 area schools in Linn, Johnson, Jefferson and Washington Counties! Our 5k is chip-timed and 0pen to the public. All ages and abilities welcome! Please, NO dogs or strollers.

Schedule of Events
10:30 AM: Same-day registration and packet pick-up opens
11:30 AM: Coaches arrive and check-in at the coaches' table
12:00 PM: Girls and Running Buddies arrive and find their schools; enjoy pre-race festivities including music, face painting, and silly hair spray!
12:45 PM: Welcome from GOTR of Eastern Iowa executive director Esther Baker
12:50 PM: Group warm-up with Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa board member and co-founder Angela Charsha-Harney
12:55 PM: Singing of the National Anthem by Allison Gerstenberger followed by travel to start line with UI Air Force ROTC Color Guard
1:00 PM: Race Start!

Packet Pick-Up

Pick up your t-shirt and race bib before race day and avoid a line!

  • THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12 at NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids, 4-8 PM
  • FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13 at Scheels (upstairs on second floor) in Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville, 4-8 PM
  • SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15 at IC Kickers Soccer Park in Iowa City, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM before the race. No registrations will be taken after 12:30!

Course Information

The start and finish lines are just north of the larger parking lot in the IC Kickers Soccer Park. The 5k (3.1 miles) course incorporates part of Soccer Park Road, Lehman Avenue, and a trail. PLEASE NOTE: There's a second lap! Runners/walkers will turn right shortly after the water station around the 1.5 mile mark to do the second lap. There is a short hill on grass at this turn.

One water station will be available on the course, approximately halfway into the race. Port-a-potties will be available near the staging area. Thanks to donations from a number of generous businesses, refreshments will be available at the finish line.

Sorry, no pets or jogging strollers allowed on the course.

Questions? Contact us at See you at the 5k!

Fall 5k course map IC Kickers Soccer Park


Weather/Emergency Policy

It's November in Iowa, so be prepared to run in any weather! Be brave, wear layers, and come ready to go with the flow, whether it's raining, shining, freezing or somewhere in between. If it is unsafe to run due to precipitation, freezing temperatures or mud, no refunds will be given, and our website and  Facebook page will be updated as soon as possible. Visualize sunshine!


There are two smaller parking lots and one larger lot within the park. Volunteers will be on hand to help direct you to parking. Handicapper parking spots are available near the registration/staging area.