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2017 Girls on the Run 5k Series Schedule

This year, Girls on the Run will host 4 5ks in order to meet the needs of all of our participants in Stark County and Wayne County.

Saturday, May 20, 2017: STARK COUNTY Girls on the Run 5k Run/Walk at Walsh University

Sunday, May 21, 2017: WAYNE COUNTY Girls on the Run 5k Run/Walk (Wooster area, location to be determined)

Saturday, November 11, 2017: WAYNE COUNTY Girls on the Run 5k Run/Walk (Wooster area, location to be determined)

Sunday, November 12, 2017: STARK COUNTY Girls on the Run 5k Run/Walk (location to be determined)

Girls on the Run 5k Run/Walk
Saturday, May 20, 2017
8:00 a.m.
Walsh University
(2020 E. Maple Street, North Canton, Ohio)

New course!

Women only*! NEW competitive walking option!

Are you up for an amazing celebration of SuperSHEro Power? The Girls on the Run 5k Run/Walk, presented by Second Sole, is the culminating celebration for nearly 600 girls who have completed our youth empowerment programs, Girls on the Run (for 3rd through 5th grade girls) and Heart & Sole (for 6th through 8th grade girls). In the 10 weeks leading up to the 5k, these girls train with a team of close friends to defeat the Girl Box, celebrate their SuperSHEro powers, and complete the GOTR 5k Run/Walk.

*Don’t worry. It’s just one guy! See what it takes to be the next SoleMale here!

Register online here.

Entry Fees

Girls ages 13 & under
$15 if registered by March 31 at midnight
$20 April 1 through April 30 at midnight
$25 May 1 through May 20

Women and Girls ages 14 & up
$20 if registered by March 31 at midnight
$25 April 1 through April 30 at midnight
$30 May 1 through May 20

Registration fees are nonrefundable. T-shirts are only guaranteed to those who register by noon on May 12, 2017. For those who register after noon on May 12th, a limited selection of 2016 5k and vintage GOTR shirts will be available.

Refer Friends & Earn Refunds!

Refer 1 or more runners or walkers and get a refund of up to $2.00 for each registration.
Limit of 5 registration refunds per registrant and all referred registrations must be made by 5/1/2017. A custom referral link will be created for you once you complete your registration--followthe instructions when you register to begin recruiting.

Don't stop recruiting, though! The top referrer will receive free registration to our Wayne County 5k (currently scheduled for Sunday, May 21) and to both of our fall GOTR 5k races (dates and locations to be announced).

2017 GOTR 5k Run/Walk Details

Perks | Competitive Walkers | Packet Pickup | On-Site Registration | Parking

Free Run/Walk Programs | More Details

It's time to defeat the Girl Box!

SuperSHEroes constantly battle the Girl Box. Yeah, the GIRL BOX. Walk down the doll aisle in any store, and you'll see rows and rows of identical boxes. Lots and lots of perfect little boxes. Society pressures all women to fit into its version of these perfect little boxes: the Girl Box.

Inside, we're trying to be who we're told we're supposed to be (you know—skinny but not too skinny, pretty but not too pretty, stylish, smart, etc . . .), instead of being our truly awesome, amazing, powerful, unique selves. Isn't it time you broke out of your Girl Box?

Check your Girl Box at the registration desk, and join us for the Girls on the Run 5k Run/Walk! It's a 5k Run/Walk like no other—capes, giggles, smiles, tutus, crowns, girl power stripes, colorful hairdos, cheers, encouragement, and girl power abound!

All women and girls are encouraged to celebrate the SuperSHEro powers that really matter—the ones you can't see, like courage, quirkiness, confidence, strength, joy, creativity, and just plain awesomeness—as they complete the 5k at their own pace and with their own unique style.

Our 8th annual GOTR 5k Run/Walk is open to female walkers and runners of all shapes, sizes, and abilities . . . and just one guy.*

SuperSHEroes Get Great Perks!

  • Girl power stripes & Happy Hair Booth
  • InstaGlam Photoshoot—show off your SuperSHEro awesomeness at our free open-air photo booth with room for as many people as you can gather, complete with fun GOTR props! (InstaGlam will close at 7:30 am on May 20 and reopen after the start of the 5k.)
  • Free photos will be available on our Facebook page and our Shutterfly Share site.
  • Day-before and same-day packet pick-up and registration.
  • GOTR 5k t-shirts (guaranteed if you register by Friday, May 12th at noon, for those who register after noon on May 12th, a limited selection of 2017 5k and vintage GOTR shirts will be available)
  • 5k power packs (goodie bags) loaded with fun
  • Dynamic B-tag bib assignment—just pin on your bib and GO
  • Mat-to-mat (net) time to give you accurate time—no matter where you start in the pack!
  • Indoor restrooms and changing room
  • Unique awards for top 3 overall and age group finishers
  • Tear-off coupons for 6" subs from Subway (subs will no longer be served at Ohio Challenge Series events)

New Walking Category

We're adding an all new competitive walking option to our 5k with age group awards!

The top finisher will receive an award as well as the top finisher in each of the following age groups: 15 & under; 15-25, 26-35, 36-45, 46-55, 56-65, 66 & over!

Winners will receive a Thirty-One Gifts bag, along with a set of pin-back buttons.

Be aware that if you sign up to walk our 5k, you will be disqualified from awards if you run at all.

Packet Pickup

Friday, May 19, 2017

5–8 pm

Saturday, May 20, 2017

6–7:20 am

Located inside the Cecchini Center at Walsh University. Be sure to check out the Girls on the Run store, Kickin' Keagan's Tutu Booth and more while you're there!

On-site Registration

Online registration will remain open until May 20 at 7:20 am
Friday, May 19, 2017, 5 pm to 8 pm

Saturday, May 20, 2017, 6:00 am to 7:20 am.

Cecchini Center at Walsh University

Parking & Road Closings

Arrive as early as possible—we are expecting a minimum of 2,000 participants! There is NO parking at the Walsh track. Park at Walsh in the lots across from the track or park in the Giant Eagle parking lot and walk to the track.

(Please do not attempt walking across East Maple—you can reach registration through the tunnel by the Walsh track.)

Road Closings will be announced once we have finalized our new course map!


The course is a certified loop course beginning and ending in front of Walsh Universit. We will no longer be using the track as part of the 5k.

Additional Details

Timing: All participants will be timed using the ChronoTrack “B-Tag” on the bib. Mat-to-mat timing allows for accurate 5k times no matter when you cross the start line.


RUNNERS: The top three finishers will receive an award as well as the top three in each of the following age groups: 14 and under, 15–18, 19–24, 25–29, 30–34, 35–39, 40–44, 45–49, 50–54, 55–59, 60–64, 65–69, 70 and over.

WALKING: The top finisher will receive an award as well as the top finisher in each of the following age groups: 15 & under; 15-25, 26-35, 36-45, 46-55, 56-65, 66 & over

T-shirts: T-shirts are guaranteed to all participants registered by Friday, May 12, 2017 at noon. We will not be ordering additional t-shirts for late registrants this year. A limited number of vintage GOTR shirts will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contact: Email our 5k Director Angie Gill.

Run/Walk Programs for Adults

Are you looking to run or walk your first 5k, too? If so you can download one of our training programs. Follow our programs and you'll be ready to go in just 10 weeks!

5k Running Training Plan

5k Walking Training Plan


Thank you for joining us at the

2016 Girls on the Run 5k Run/Walk!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

View your results online here.

Download pictures from our Shutterfly site here or on our Facebook page here. Please note that we did not have a finish line photographer for the 2016 GOTR 5k. Both scheduled photographers had family or health issues to attend to. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. If you have any photos of this event, please post them to our Facebook page or tag us in them.

Tell us what you thought in our short survey here.


2016 National Sponsors

Athleta Smart Wool Logo Fox SupportsCigna

Girls on the Run 5k Run/Walk presented by Second Sole Ohio


Questions about the GOTR 5k Run/Walk?

Our 5k Director Angie Gill can help you!


Spring 2017 Local Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Second Sole Ohio


Mix 94.1


Mercy Medical Center Logo




Cain Motors
Soroptimist Canton Stark


Get 2 the Core Fitness
Walsh University

Our National Sponsors

JusticeCignaThirty-One GiftsGamma Phi Beta Asics Smart Wool Fox Sports Supports