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 Spring 2023 Iowa City 5K
Saturday, May 6, 2023

Riverfront Crossings Park
1001 S Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52240 


11:30 AM: Check-in for Community Runners and Sparkle Runners starts.
11:45 AM: Program participants, families, Running Buddies, and Family Runners start to arrive! Upon arrival, these individuals should go directly to their team's meeting location in the Team Village. 
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM: Pre-5K activities
12:45 PM: Pre-5K warm-up 
1:00 PM: 5K starts! 
1:15 - 2:30 PM: Post-5K activities


Registration Type Price
Community Runner (all ages) $25
Family Runner (all ages) $25
Running Buddy (16+) $25
Sparkle Runner (18+) $25

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

Join us for the happiest 5K there is on May 6, 2023 at Riverfront Crossings Park in Iowa City! This season's 5K Celebration is all about breathing, believing, and gathering as a community to celebrate the accomplishments of every GOTR program participant. Our 5K is a non-competitive, celebratory event that will bring a smile to your face. Click here for the full event guide, including the itinerary, parking info, & more!

Can't join us in person for the 5K? You can register for our Virtual 5K here

Our teams in Cedar Falls (Aldrich, Cedar Heights, and Orchard Hill) will participate in the Run Like a Mother 5K in Cedar Falls while a few of our other teams (Washington YMCA, Mid-Prairie West, and John Cline) will participate in local 5Ks and will receive more information from their coach teams about those events. 

Parking at Riverfront Crossings Park will be limited to event staff and persons who require accessible parking for disabilities that limit or impair their ability to walk. If you require accessible parking, please be sure to have a removable placard, license plate, or sticker with you.

Below are the closest parking options. There is also street parking available and more parking ramps in downtown Iowa City. Please review the options and make a plan before the 5K. Carpooling is recommended!

  • Johnson County Administrative Building
    • Address: 913 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240
    • Distance to start/finish: across the street
    • FREE
  • Lot 36 (next to Iowa Public Radio)
    • Address: 710 S Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52240
    • Distance to start/finish: 6-minute walk
    • FREE
  • Lot 41 (University Services Building)
    • Address:  603 S Madison St, Iowa City, IA 52242
    • Distance to start/finish: 9-minute walk
    • FREE
  • Harrison Street Parking Ramp
    • Address: 175 E Harrison St, Iowa City, IA 52240
    • Distance to start/finish: 9-minute walk
    • Cost: .75/hour, first hour free

Interested in volunteering at our upcoming Iowa City 5K event? We need volunteers for the following activities to ensure our event is a success! 

  • Set-up and Tear Down
  • GOTR Village
  • Parking
  • Cheer Stations
  • Water Stations
  • Course Marshalls
  • First Aid

Note: All volunteers appointed through our council will undergo a background check. 

If you have any questions or interested in bringing a group of volunteers, email


Our teams are geographically dispersed throughout Eastern Iowa. While most of our teams will participate in the Iowa City 5K Celebration, some of our teams are participating in local celebrations. Our teams in Cedar Falls (Aldrich, Cedar Heights, and Orchard Hill) will participate in the Run Like a Mother 5K in Cedar Falls while a few of our other teams (Washington YMCA, Mid-Prairie West, and John Cline) will participate in local, site-based 5Ks and will receive more information from their coach teams about those events.

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 circumstances 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!

A Running Buddy is identified by a 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. 

Extra Running Buddies, siblings, family members, or friends of GOTR participants. You will be asked to select your participant’s GOTR team below when registering.

Community members who are NOT connected to a GOTR team and want to run/walk the GOTR 5K. Their support helps fund our financial assistance program.

Sparkle Runners are volunteers who serve as back-up Running Buddies and provide additional safety and encouragement on the course. Sparkle Runners may be paired with a GOTR participant or team on race morning OR will walk/run the course on the lookout for participants who may need some extra encouragement. Sparkle Runners must be women, ages 18+, and submit a background check. All paces welcome! 

Absolutely! Every registered GOTR participant who completes the 5K will receive a medal and a certificate.

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! There will be celebration activities before the event in our GOTR Village.

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.

This is a non-competitive event and we encourage all runners to go their “happy pace.” To keep the course clear for all, we ask slower runners and walkers to stay to the right, leaving room for other runners to pass. 

Yes, strollers are welcome, and we ask that anyone with a stroller starts at the back of the pack for safety. 

For safety reasons, every participant must wear a race bib provided by us. It’s important for every participant to have a running buddy, and only critical 5K volunteers have access to confidential information.

GOTR coaches and program participants do not need to pick-up a packet. Information regarding packet pick-up for community runners, Running Buddies, family runners, and Sparkle Runners will be provided at a later date.

This is an important day for our girls and the 5K will be held rain, snow or shine. Ultimately, we invite you to make the best decision for you and your participant Saturday morning. Should outside conditions become unsafe, we will notify participants through email and social media as soon as possible, and you can also visit our Facebook page for updates.

This Virtual 5K is an event that can be completed on your own time and in your own place – your neighborhood or even your backyard or living room. Find your “happy pace” – that might be running or biking a 5K (3.1 miles), a 1-mile walk/run, or a 45-minute dance party. Run, walk, roll, bike, dance, jump. Find what works for you. We hope to bring the GOTR core value of "finding strength in our connectedness" to life by fostering this Girls on the Run 5K community.

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