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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

Girls on the Run-Chicago Spring 5K in Grant Park
May 11, 2024

Arvey Field in Chicago's Grant Park.


· 5K Grounds Open to Public: 6AM

· 5K Activities Open: 7AM

· 5K Start Time: 8AM 

· Event End Time: 11AM

Participant registration opens April 1! 


Household Income Price
$0-$14,999 $0
$15,000-$24,999 $10
$25,000-$49,999 $15
$50,000-$74,999 $20
$75,000-$99,999 $30
$100,000-$149,999 $35
$150,000-$199,999 $40
$200,000+ $50

Spring program participants are automatically registered and DO NOT need to register here. Coaches and Site Liaisons, you received a discount code via email to register for free.

To celebrate everything they’ve achieved throughout their season, our teams are participating in a variety of 5K events all across Chicagoland! Coaches make the event selection and will notify families.

  • Small-scale site-based 5K - Your coaching team will plan and host a small-scale 5K in your community (e.g., your school or community center, neighborhood park, etc.). Girls on the Run-Chicago will provide 5K materials and volunteer support to assist with set-up, tear-down, passing out medals, cheering for the girls, etc. 

  • CARA Go Run - A limited number of teams can participate in a CARA Go Run, which are hosted on Saturdays in neighborhoods throughout Chicago. Girls on the Run-Chicago will provide 5K materials and GOTRC staff or volunteers will be onsite to assist you with anything you need.

  • Large-scale 5K hosted by Girls on the Run-Chicago - Girls on the Run-Chicago will host a large-scale 5K on Saturday, May 11, 2024, at Chicago's Grant Park!

This is a great opportunity to give back to girls in your community while seeing the program you love in action—the girls will achieve a goal they've been working toward all season! We welcome both individuals and groups for this opportunity. Come experience the magic of 5K day with Girls on the Run-Chicago!

We will be recruiting volunteers to support our Spring 2024 5K series, which will take place in May and June. 

The volunteer form for our Grant Park 5K is closed; however, we host smaller-scale 5Ks throughout Chicagoland. Register through the forms below: 

Sign up here if you would like to receive information about volunteering. 



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!

Stay tuned!

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). Our council ensures every participant has a running buddy, and only critical 5K volunteers have access to confidential information.

To ensure every participant crosses the finish line, we monitor 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. 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.

Every program participant at the 5K must run alongside a Running Buddy. A Running Buddy is an adult (18+, or a sibling 15+) of their choosing who is responsible for encouraging, motivating, and keeping them safe on the 5K course and throughout the day. Download our 5K training plan here!  

Yes! This is encouraged! This is a great way to accomplish a goal together. 

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

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





Our official parking partner for the 5K is Millennium Garages. They’re offering a special event rate of $14 for up to 12 hours for participants and spectators in the Grant Park South Garage. Purchase discounted parking here.

Located just to the south of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Grant Park South Garage is located along South Michigan Avenue between Jackson Boulevard and Van Buren Street (325 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60604).

If you are taking the CTA, the Van Buren Red Line stop is the nearest Chicago 'L' station. If you are taking the Metra, the Museum Campus/11th Street stop is the nearest. 

A site-based 5K means the 5K course will take place at the site where an individual team practiced throughout the season. 

Yes. All 5K registration forms include liability waivers.

Yes! As this is the highlight of the season, there will be multiple activity stations! 


View our 5K Volunteer FAQ here!

Yes, there will be a private space available.  It will not have power or refrigeration.

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