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 Spring 5K at the Dow RunWalk
June 1, 2024

Registration and GOTR Festivities will take place in the Central Park Elementary School playground (1400 Rodd St, Midland).


7:30 a.m. - Day-of Registration & Girls on the Run Festivities
8:40 a.m. - Girls on the Run 5K



April 1 - May 26: Running Buddy Registration - No shirt $15
April 1 - May 16: Running Buddy Registration - With shirt $25

The Dow RunWalk is generously sponsoring GOTR Spring 2024 program participants' registrations. GOTR participants are already 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 complete our season finale 5K celebration at the Dow RunRalk! 

Running buddy and GOTR participant registration and festivities will take place at the Central Park Elementary School playground (1400 Rodd St, Midland) beginning at 7:30am the day-of the event, and the music of High Fidelity Entertainment will be revving up the crowd before the race!

The Dow RunWalk is generously offering a special discounted rate for running buddies. GOTR 5K registration is open only to running buddies who are paired with a GOTR participant, and to GOTR coaches. Those interested in participating in another Dow RunWalk event on June 1, or learning more about other Greater Midland events, can visit www.greatermidland.org/races to view events and register.


Early: Participants who are able are strongly encouraged to pick up their bib (and t-shirt if applicable) at the GOTR table at the Dow RunWalk Race Expo on Friday, May 31, from 3:30-6:30pm at the Midland Community Center. And we encourage you to stay and visit the other vendors, too!

Day of: Registration will open at 7:30am in the GOTR tent in the Central Park Elementary School playground ground. Participants will be able to pick up their bib (and t-shirt if applicable) here.


Due to parking limitations with the new Community Center construction project, the Dow RunWalk has graciously secured busing with the Midland Public Schools for all GOTR participants, buddies, and spectators on Dow RunWalk Race morning.

Busing to and from Midland High School (1301 Eastlawn Drive) will be available from 7:00am until 10:25am* on Saturday morning. *LAST BUS DEPARTING FROM THE COMMUNITY CENTER HEADED TOWARD MIDLAND HIGH SCHOOL.

MHS parking lots will be open and the buses will pick up and drop off GOTR participants, spectators, and buddies from the turnaround drive directly in front of the school. The bus will drop off on the Jefferson side of the Community Center and the door will be open to walk through the building to head toward the GOTR meeting area in the Central Park Elementary School playground. The bus will then pick up in the same area starting roughly at 9:30am and will make runs until the last run at 10:25am.


Visit http://www.dowrunwalk.com  for all race day information.

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! 

  • Equipment Set Up, 5:30-7:30am
  • Merchandise Table & Set Up/Tear Down, 6:15-9:00am
  • Registration Table & Set Up/Tear Down, 6:30-9:00am
  • Inspiration Station/Selfie Station & Set Up/Tear Down, 6:30-9:00am
  • Finish Line Medals, 8:15-10:30am

PARKING: Volunteer parking will be available in the Miracle Field lot or behind the Greater Midland Community Center.

CHECK IN: Volunteers will check in on June 1 at the Central Park Elementary Playground. 

Adult 5K participant smiles while running outdoors through the city


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. 

Every season we are seeking volunteer running buddies to help our girls shine! If you are not yet paired with a GOTR participant, do not register yet. Your first step will be to reach out to the staff at the GOTR office to add your name to the list. You will then be contacted if a running buddy need arises. Contact Jen Naegele at jennifer.naegele@girlsontherun.org or 989-399-0007 ext. 104.


Running buddies assigned by our council must be a female over the age of 18, and undergo our background check process (a $10 fee). Spring 5K running buddies must also register for the GOTR 5K at the Dow RunWalk. 

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! 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!

Yes. All 5K registration forms include liability waivers.

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!

The course for a 5K is 3.1 miles. 

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!

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.

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

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