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Fall 2017 GOTR 5k!



Time: 10:00 AM
Venue: University of Iowa Ashton Cross Country Course
Location: Iowa City, IA

Event Itinerary

Help us celebrate our 10th birthday at our Fall GOTR 5k!! This family-friendly, celebratory race is the culminating event of the 10-week, 20-lesson Girls on the Run program for 3rd – 8th grade girls. Join hundreds of girls and their Running Buddies from 29 area schools in Linn, Johnson, Jefferson, Benton and Washington Counties! Our 5k is clock timed and 0pen to the public. All ages and abilities welcome--come run or walk with us!

We are excited to be celebrating our 10th anniversary at our Fall 2017 5k--enjoy special activities and treats at our post-race celebration of our 10 years serving girls in Eastern Iowa!

All 5k participants will receive a Girls on the Run 5k t-shirt. You must register by October 15 to be guaranteed a Fall 2017 5k t-shirt. People who register after that date may receive a "vintage" GOTR 5k T.

5k registration fees:

Standard Registration (thru October 15) -- $20.00        

Late Registration (October 16-November 10) -- $25.00            

Day of Race (November 11, 2017)  --  $30.00

Remember that all girls who are participating in the Girls on the Run program are automatically registered for the race and do NOT need to register separately!


  • 8:00 AM: Same-day registration and participant check-in
  • 8:30 AM: Coaches arrive and check-in at the coaches' table
  • 9:00 AM: Girls and Running Buddies arrive and find their schools; enjoy pre-race festivities include music, face painting, silly hair spray, and more!
  • 9:45 AM: Welcome and remarks
  • 9:50 AM: Group warm-up
  • 9:55 AM: Procession from staging area to start line
  • 9: 58 AM: Singing of the National Anthem 
  • 10:00 AM: Race start!
  • After the race: Post-race refreshments and GOTR of Eastern Iowa 10th birthday celebration!


Packet Pick-Up

WEDNESDAY, November 8th from 4:00-7:00PM at Iowa Running Company, 1000 3rd St SE Ste 2 in Cedar Rapids
THURSDAY, November 9th from 4:00-7:00PM at Scheels at the Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville
SATURDAY, November 11th at the University of Iowa Ashton Cross Country Course in Iowa City from 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM before the race


REMEMBER--GOTR girls will get their race bibs from their coaches the morning of the race!  You do NOT need to come to pre-race packet pick-up to get your GOTR girl's packet!



Course Information

The entire 5k will be run right on the Ashton Cross-Country course. Park in the Hawkeye Commuter Lot off Hawkeye Park Road and walk over to the north side of the lot to the entrance to the cross-country course; head up the driveway and meet us under the tents!

 Sorry, no pets or jogging strollers allowed on the course. Assisted athlete strollers are welcome. Remember that there will be more than 500 young participants on the course, many taking part in their very first 5k event, and we want to make it as safe and distraction-free an experience as possible. Thank you for your understanding!

Register for the 5k here.

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 we will cancel--no refunds will be given. Our website and  Facebook page will be updated as soon as possible. Visualize sunshine!