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

Spring 2024 Celebration 5K
June 9, 2024

Mill Creek Town Center

15310 Main Street

Mill Creek, WA 98012


7:30 - 8:45am - Participants arrive; Fun Zone open and Community Runner Check-In 

8:45am - Announcements and Warm-up

9:00am - Girls on the Run 5K start

10:30am - Event wrap up/Enjoy dining and shopping aroung the Town Center 


Registration Type Price
ADULT Early Bird Registration (ends April 30) $35
ADULT Standard Registration (May 1-June 7) $45
YOUTH Registration (16 and under) $25
Day-of Registration (Adults) $55

NOTE: Current season GOTR program participants and coaches have already been registered for the 5K and DO NOT need to register.

Join us on Sunday, June 9, 2024 starting at 7:30am at the Mill Creek Town Center for a joy-filled 5K day! Our Celebration 5K is open to the public and is for EVERYONE! We encourage walking, running, skipping, hopping - even dancing - to move forward at your own happy pace. 

It's a 5K like no other - capes, bandanas, giggles, smiles, tutus, crowns, girl power sparkle, cheers and encouragement abound! Everyone is free to be themselves (AKA AMAZING) and complete the 5K at their own happy pace and with their own unique style.



The 5K route starts on Main Street in the Mill Creek Town Center and heads up to McCollum Park, then returns to the Town Center. The course is mostly on the roadway with sections on a paved trail and some sidewalk use. VIEW ROUTE MAP


Let this information guide you for the big event! 

  • VIEW MAP of 5K Inspiration Village
  • This event is open to the public. All runners must be registered. (IMPORTANT: all current Girls on the Run program participants and coaches are already registered for the 5K. No further action required!)
  • GOTR girls should wear their PINK program shirt to the 5K.
  • Please plan to arrive at the event starting at 7:30am and no later than 8:20am to allow time for parking, check-in and Fun Zone activites. 
  • GOTR program participants should check in with their coaches in the TEAM ZONE (look for team signs) Coaches have bibs and pins for team members.
  • All other runners (family, friends, community runners and 5K buddies) should check-in at the REGISTRATION BOOTH to pick up race bib (Pre-registration is stronly encouraged to reduce lines on event day)
  • After checking in, visit our FUN ZONE with free activities, sponsor booths, photo booth back drops and more. This is the perfect time for photos!
  • Announcements will begin at 8:45. Re-group at the designated team meet-up spots and do a group warm-up.
  • Strollers ARE permitted on the course. However, pets are NOT ALLOWED at the Celebration 5K. With the health and safety of all our participants in mind, we kindly ask that you please leave all furry friends at home! 
  • At the end of the 5K, every participant receives a finishers medal, then is invited to make their way to the refreshment area.
  • We encourage finishers to stay and cheer on other runners. All GOTR program participants must check out with their coaches before leaving the event.
  • Please remember that this is a non-competitive event, with each runner moving at their own pace and all finishers celebrated equally.



Free parking is available in and around the Mill Creek Town Center, but limited. Plan to arrive early for the closest parking options. Designated ADA parking will be available. We strongly encourage participants to carpool or use community transit. VIEW PARKING GUIDE



We are partnering with Community Transit to encourage 5K participants and spectators to park and ride the Swift Orange Line to our event! Park at the McCollum Park- Park & Ride and take a short trip down to the town center. Or park at Edmonds Community College, Lynnwood Transit Center or Ash Way P&R and hop on the bus. VIEW COMMUNITY TRANSIT GUIDE

Volunteers help ensure our Celebration 5K is possible! Sign up here to volunteer at our 5K event on June 9, 2024. We need 100+ volunteers to help make our 5K successful! We have individual and group volunteer opportunities and multiple time frames for you to choose from. 

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

  • Set-up and Tear Down
  • Registration
  • Course Marshalls
  • Water Stations
  • Cheer Stations
  • Fun Zone Activities
  • Finish Line Area



Adult 5K participant smiles while running outdoors through the city


Every GOTR program participant is strongly encouraged to have a 5K Buddy for the event. A 5K Buddy ensures each participant’s safety and provides encouraging support throughout the 5K.

5K Buddies must be 16 or older and may be a family member, caregiver, teacher, coach or another trusted person. 5K Buddies do not need to be runners but should be able to complete the 5K (3.1 miles). There is a 5K training program included with your 5K registration for walking, running, or a bit of both! All 5K Buddies must register for the event.

Parents/guardians are responsible for ensuring appropriate supervision for each participant before, during, and after the 5K.

Don't worry! We have special volunteers who sign up to serve as 5K Buddies and Sparkle Runners with teams during the 5K. Please let your Girls on the Run or Heart & Sole coach know as soon as possible if you’d like your child to be matched up with a 5K Buddy.

5K Buddies, family/friends and community runners/walkers will be able to pick up their race bib, and other 5K goodies either at a Packet Pick-Up location prior to 5K day, or on-site on 5K day. You may pick up supplies/bibs for other people.

Here’s the Packet Pick-Up schedule:

  • Tuesday, June 4 from 5-7pm. Brooklyn Bros. Pizza, Mill Creek Town Center. (We are also hosting a Dine Out for a Cause from 3-8pm at the restaurant.)
  • Thursday, June 6 from 3-5pm at First Citizens Bank, 2600 162nd St SW, Lynnwood, WA 98087
  • Saturday, June 8 from 10am-1pm, GOTRSnoCo Office, 6505 218th st SW, Suite #14, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043 (We will also have GOTR Merch available)
  • On-site at the 5K event* on Sunday, June 9 from 7:30-8:45am

*If you are registering or picking up your 5K bib on 5K day, be sure to arrive early (7:30-8:15am) to ensure you are registered and have your bib prior to the 5K start time. Registrations will not be permitted after 8:45am on 5K day.

**Girls on the Run participants will receive thier 5K bibs from their coaches in the Team Zone.

On 5K day, GOTR participants should wear their pink program t-shirts, athletic clothing, and running shoes. Pin your race bib on the front of your shirt. Tutus, capes, and fun accessories are welcome!

Dress for the weather! The 5K will be held rain or shine. If it’s cold, consider wearing gloves, a hat, and a jacket. If it’s raining, bring a raincoat or poncho that you can run in. If it’s warm, wear breathable clothing.

Yes! This is encouraged! This is a great way to accomplish a goal together. You will need to register for the 5K.

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

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. Our 5K course is on paved roads and sidewalks. Designated parking spots are available.

Spectators are invited to bring their positive posters, cheer gear, and joyful spirit! Anyone who would like to support, encourage, and cheer on the runners is welcome to attend – no registration is needed for spectators. Please park in designated parking areas for the event.

Absolutely! Every registered participant who completes the 5K will receive a finisher's medal and post-run treats. 

Yes! As this is the highlight of the season, there will be activities in the Fun Zone, sponsor booths and more! We will have GOTR merchandise for sale, too! Be sure to arrive at the 5K early so you have time to take in all the fun before the run begins.

Yes! Our Council is selling merchandise to support our program! Be sure to look for our merchandise booth/tent to commemorate this memorable event.

For safety reasons, every 5K participant must register and wear a race bib (provided by the council). Our GOTR program participants are strongly encouraged to have a 5K Buddy along the course. We will also have course monitors, police officers, Sparkle Runners and other volunteers  throughout the course.

Our council has a safety plan in place, which trains staff and volunteers on how to respond during an emergency or incident.

Yes. All 5K registration forms include liability waivers.

Learn more about partnering with us as a 5k Sponsor here

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!

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!

Nous écrire

Interested in sponsoring our council’s programs,
5K or a future event?

Email Us


Two Girls on the Run Coaches smile while running

Join us for our 5K!

Not a coach or a Girls on the Run participant?  
Register to join our 5K event!