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

Fall 2024 5K
November 9, 2024 (Saturday)

Lincoln Land Community College
5250 Shepherd Rd.
Springfield, IL 62703


9:00 a.m. - Family-friendly activities begin
10:00 a.m. - 5K begins


Registration Type Price
Early Bird Registration - Adult (through10/26/24) $30
Early Bird Registation - Youth (ages 3-12) (through 10/26/24) $20
Standard Registration - Adult (10/27/24-11/8/24) $35
Standard Registration - Youth (10/27/24-11/8/24) $25
Day-of Registration - Adult (11/9/24) $40
Day-of Registration - Youth (11/9/24) $30

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

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

  • Packet Pick-Up - 11/8 from 4-6pm, GOTR Office 
    Come hang out with us in the office for a couple hours while we give out race bags to 5K participants.
  • Early Set-Up - 11/9 from 7:30-9am, LLCC 
    If you're a sunrise kind of person, join us early for race set-up. You could be moving cones, hanging signs, setting up tables, and more!
  • Volunteer Check-In - 11/9 from 8-10am, LLCC 
    Help us get the rest of our volunteers checked in and sent where they need to go!
  • Race Day Registration - 11/9 from 8-10am, LLCC
    Many of our community 5K participants register the day of the race. You'll be the one helping them get signed up and giving them a race bag.
  • Packet Pick-Up - 11/9 from 8:30-10am, LLCC 
    Hand our race bags to individuals who have pre-registered...and help get them excited to run!
  • First Aid - 11/9 from 9-11:45am, LLCC (RESERVED FOR LLCC NURSING STUDNETS)
    Safety is our number one priority, but sometimes we still get a few scraped knees and twisted ankles. Hand out bandaids and ice and help our girls feel cared for! Medical or first aid experience preferred.
  • Happy Hair - 11/9 from 8:45-10:15am, LLCC 
    Our girls LOVE this station. Make our race a little bit more vibrant by decking out runners in colorful hair spray.
  • Tattoo Station - 11/9 from 8:45-10:15am, LLCC 
    Another popular pick for our girls! Help get the runner jazzed up and ready to go by applying temporary tattoos.
  • Spirit Station - 11/9 from 8:30-10:30am, LLCC
    From cowbells to beads, you will assist in selling all the accessories for our spectators and cheer teams.
  • Photographer - 11/9 from 8:30-11:30am, LLCC 
    Are you a photographer? We would love to have you capture all the fun, crazy, and victorius moments of the day!
  • Food Tent - 11/9 from 8:30-12pm, LLCC
    When our girls finish the 5K, they are tired, hungry, but HAPPY. Keep those smiles on their faces by helping us hand out water and snacks after they cross the finish line.
  • Cheer Team/Course Marshal - 11/9 from 9-12p, LLCC
    Are you an encourager? Then this job is for YOU! Make sure participants know which way to run AND cheer them to the finish line!
  • Water Stop/On-Course First Aid - 11/9 from 9:30-12pm, LLCC 
    Hang out at our hydrations station and hand out cups of water halfway through the race course while also being available just in case someone gets a scrape along the way.
  • Race Sweeper - 11/9 from 9:30-12pm, LLCC 
    We never want any of our girls to finish last or alone. That's where you come in! As a race sweeper you will run/walk alongside our girls, give them the positivity and encouragement they need, and cross the finish line last.
  • Finish Line Medals - 11/9 from 9:30-12pm, LLCC 
    You get a front row seat to seeing these girls achieve their dreams! Help us hand out medals at the finish line.
  • SAG Car Driver - 11/9 from 9:30-12pm
    Help man the SAG (supplies and gear) car that marks the end of the runners and is available if anyone needs help.
  • Event Tear-Down - 11/9 from 11-1pm, LLCC 
    When the race is all over, we need a few volunteers to help us clean everything up! We're usually out of there by 1, so it's really not bad at all!

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


Adult 5K volunteers smile in front of the GOTR arch.


An official 5K course is 3.1 miles, however our current course at LLCC is 2.9 miles. Click here to view the course map. 

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 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!

For safety reasons, every participant must wear a race bib (provided by the council) that includes necessary medical information on the back. We also have First Aid in Race Village, as well as on the course.

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.

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.

Yes! This is encouraged! This is a great way to accomplish a goal together. All non-program participants must complete a separate 5K registration.

Absolutely! Every registered community participant who completes the 5K will receive a medal and a race swag bag that includes a race shirt. (Shirt sizes only guaranteed through May 4.)

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! Our Council is selling merchandise to support our program! Be sure to look for our Spirit Station booth for GOTR gear and cheer supplies!

Yes! As this is the highlight of the season, there will be temporary tattoos, happy hair stations, booth sponsors, and more! 

Yes, please see our pricing schedule above.

The 5K will be held rain or shine! However, we will delay the event if there is thunder or lightning. Registration fees are not refundable if the event is canceled. We consider your registration fee to be a donation to our 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

No. For the safety of all participants, we do not allow dogs at the 5K. Except for animals present to perform specific disability-related tasks as an accommodation for a person with a documented disabilities, dogs and other animals are not permitted on Lincoln Land Community College premises. Service animals are welcome.

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