South Bend 5K | GOTR Michiana


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

May 18, 2024

Potawatomi Park (corner of Greenlawn and Wall Street), South Bend, IN

South Bend 5K Course

5K Village Map

Parking Map


9:30 A.M.


Registration Type Price
Through April 7: Early Bird (Online)
Shirt Guaranteed
$15 (12 & Under); $25 (13 & up)
April 8 - May 17: General (Online) $20 (12 & Under); $30 (13 & up)
Day of Registration
$25 (12 & Under); $35 (13 & up)

*The 5K registration fee is a pay-what-you-can model. On the final page of registration, look for the Additional Adjustments box to select a lower registration fee as needed.

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

Let this information guide you for the big event: 

  • Day before packet pickup:  3 to 6 PM in the Chris Wilson Pavilion at Potawatomi Park
  • Day-of packet pickup:  8 to 9:15 AM
  • Girls on the Run participants should arrive at 8:30 AM
  • 5K Race begins at 9:30 AM
  • Free parking will be available at the Potawatomi Zoo, John Adams High School and IUSB. Please allow 15 minutes to walk to Potawatomi Park if parking at IUSB.
  • Community Runners: Please ensure you arrive at least 30 minutes before the event to warm up and ensure everyone in your group is checked in at registration.


Yes! As this is the highlight of the season, there will be music, happy hair, an opportunity to decorate bibs, photo opp sets and more! Of course, we’ll have merchandise for sale, too!

Yes! Family, friends, and community members outside of our program can participate in the event but must pre-register. Registration by April 15 guarantees a 5K Shirt.

Yes. All 5K registration forms include liability waivers.

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

As a reminder, this is a fun, celebratory event for our participants and not a competitive race. While our fastest 5K participants might complete the course in as little as 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. 

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

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. Drop-off locations and designated parking spots are indicated on the event maps. ADA toilets will also be available. Please contact Hannah Francis at to discuss additional race accommodations needed.

For safety reasons, every participant must wear a race bib (provided by the council). Our council ensures every participant has a running partner, 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 booth/tent to commemorate this memorable event.

Although we love animals, as a friendly reminder, pets are not allowed.

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