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 Presented by Jolt Credit Union
November 23, 2024

Registration and GOTR Festivities will take place at the YMCA of Saginaw (1915 Fordney St, Saginaw). The 5K will start and end at the Andersen Enrichment Center (120 Ezra Rust Dr, Saginaw).


9:00 a.m. - Day-of Registration & Girls on the Run Festivities
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



Jun 3- Oct 31: Early Bird (Online) $25
Nov 1 - Nov 21: General (Online) $30

NOTE: Fall 2024 program participants and coaches are automatically 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 a 3.1 mile loop on closed roads ahead 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! 

Registration will take place at the YMCA of Saginaw (1915 Fordney Ave, Saginaw) beginning at 9am the day-of the event and the music of High Fidelity Entertainment will be revving up the crowd before the race!

You will walk next door to start and finish at the Andersen Enrichment Center (120 Ezra Rust, Saginaw) and 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! 



Parking will be available at the Andersen Splash Park (1830 Fordney Road, Saginaw, MI), the YMCA of Saginaw (1915 Fordney Road 48601, Saginaw, MI 48601), the former Boys and Girls Club (1781 Fordney St.) and former Big Brothers, Big Sisters (1910 Fordney St.) and Crayola Park (1739 Fordney St). 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. 

- 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.

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 Greater Midland Community Center). 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! The Dow RunWalk is a fun, family-friendly event that is open to the whole community! Learn more about this event and other Greater Midland events at www.greatermidland.org/races! Note: Registration for the GOTR 5K at the Dow RunWalk is open only to running buddies and coaches.

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 a DJ and dancing, water stations, an inpirsation station, 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!