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 5K & Reindeer Run Benefitting Girls on the Run (Spring 5K Volunteers - See volunteer button below to sign up to volunteer for the spring GOTR 5K on June 3!
November 18, 2023

Castle Museum
500 Federal Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48607


9:15 a.m. - Girls on the Run Festivities Begin
10:40 a.m. - Reindeer Run Benefitting GOTR (Open to all community members of all ages)
10:45 a.m. - Girls on the Run 5K


Registration Type Price
 Aug 9 - Oct 31: Early Bird (Online) $25
Nov 1 - Nov 16: General (Online) $30

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


We can't wait for you to join Girls on the Run Great Lakes Bay as we partner with Positive Results Downtown Saginaw! You will run/walk the 3.1 miles of streets just in front of the Holiday Parade as Girls on the Run Great Lakes Bay participants complete their season finale 5K! All participants receive reindeer antlers, but we encourage you to wear festive attire too! 

You will finish at the Andersen Enrichment Center (120 Ezra Rust, Saginaw) where the finish line will greet you with hot chocolate, shopping at the Downtown Saginaw Farmer's Market winter market, an amazing display of cookie houses inside the Center, and a great front row view of the Holiday Parade! 

Registration will take place at the Castle Museum (500 Federal Avenue, Saginaw, MI 48607) beginning at 9am the day-of the event and the music of High Fidelity Entertainment will be revving up the crowd before the race!

The 2022 run will begin at the Castle Museum, head north on Jefferson, left (west) on Genesee, right (north) on Franklin, left (west on Johnson) left (south) on Washington Avenue, make a loop in Hoyt Park by the Veteran's Memorial Park, head west on Ezra Rust, left (south) on Fordney, then finish in front of the Andersen Enrichment Center.




Parking at the starting line will be available in the Michigan Works! parking lot (312 E. Genesee, Saginaw, MI 48607), Hoyt Library (505 Janes Ave), Great Lakes Bay Health Center (321 N. Warren Ave.) the parking lot of 100 S. Jefferson Ave, and various street parking surrounding the Castle Museum. Please note some roads may be closed due to race/parade routes.    


Parking at the finish line will be available at the Andersen Splash Park (1830 Fordney Road, Saginaw, MI), the YMCA of Saginaw (1915 Fordney Road 48601, Saginaw, MI 48601), and Crayola Park. Limited parking will be available at the Andersen Enrichment Center (120 Ezra Rust, Saginaw, MI 48601) for senior citizens. Please note some roads may be closed due to race/parade routes. 


- This is a family event, strollers are permitted. Please be advised: A portion of the course does travel through gravel. 

- No dogs or pets on leashes, please. 

- Shuttle service will be available from the finish (Andersen Center) to the start (Castle Museum). We cannot guarantee minimum wait times. If you have the means to make alternate travel arrangements from finish to start, you are encouraged to do so. 

- We will do our best to see every paid participant receives a set of reindeer antlers and a finisher medal. However, they are only guaranteed for those who register by the early registration deadline of October 31.

On June 3, our girls will be completing their spring season with their Girls on the Run 5K at the Dow RunWalk. Volunteers help ensure our end of season 5K celebration is possible. Interested in volunteering at our upcoming GOTR 5K? Fill out our volunteer form today! 

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

  • Set-up and Tear Down
  • Registration
  • Course Marshalls
  • Running Buddies
  • Water Stations
  • Cheer Stations
  • Happy Hair or Face-Painting Station

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


Adult 5K participant smiles while running outdoors through the city


The course for a 5K is 3.1 miles. 

As a reminder, the Girls on the Run 5K 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). 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 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.

A Running Buddy is an individual designated by the council or by the 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. 

Absolutely! Every volunteer and every registered participant who completes the 5K will receive a set of GOTR 5K reindeer antlers.

Yes! Family, friends and community members outside of our program can participate in the event, but must register for the Reindeer Run Benefitting Girls on the Run

Yes. All 5K registration forms include liability waivers.

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

Yes! As this is the highlight of the season, there will be face painting, water stations, happy hair stations and more! Of course, we’ll have merchandise for sale, too!

For non-program participants, the price will increase three weeks out from the event.

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Two Girls on the Run Coaches smile while running

Join us for the Reindeer Run 5K Benefitting Girls on the Run Great Lakes Bay!

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