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

Spring Season Celebratory 5K
Saturday, May 11th

Whittier Narrows Recreation Area

751 Santa Anita Ave

South El Monte, CA 91733


8:00 am - Gates Open!

8:00 - 10:00 am:

Registration, Bib Pick Up

Face Painting, Temporary Tattoos, Bib Decorating, Cheer Cards and more!

10:00 am - 5K Run/Walk

12:00 pm - Event Concludes


Registration Type Price
Pre-Purchase Adult (15+) $30
Pre-Purchase Child (6-14) $20
General (Day of) $35

NOTE: Program participants and coaches are automatically registered for the 5K and DO NOT need to register again!

The big event is a celebration!  The GOTRLA Family 5K is not timed and we want all to run or walk at you Happy Pace.   

  • Parking is $7 and can be prepaid through the race registration form
  • Please ensure you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the race start to warm up and ensure everyone in your group is checked in at registration
  • Read 5K FAQ below for additional information on what to expect

Volunteers make the GOTRLA end-of-season 5K celebration possible! If you're interested in being a part of our upcoming 5K, please sign up today!

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

  • Parking/Traffic Control
  • Course Safety Monitors
  • Course Marking 
  • Floaters to help

Note: All volunteers 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, this 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 only critical 5K volunteers have access to confidential information.

To help see every participant safely across the finish line, we monitor the course with safety runners and course marshals. 

Every participant is strongly encouraged to have a family member or close family friend run with the participant for safety and encourament during the race. Plus, it's a wonderful bonding experience to share in the event 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.

Whittier Narrows Park charges an entry fee of $7 for vehicles and $18 for buses.  GOTRLA offers participants a chance to pre-pay parking in the 5K registration form. You can purchase parking even if you are not buying a race entry!  Pre-paid passes are emailed the day before the 5K and must be PRINTED and handed in at the parking kiosk.  Electronic passes are not accepted by the park. Cash (bills no larger than $20) and credit cards are accepted at the kiosk.  Pre-paying through our registration form is strongly recommended to keep traffic moving.

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

Yes! Family, friends and community members outside of our program can participate in the event, but must register.

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 booth/tent to commemorate this memorable event.

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

For non-program participants, the price will increase on event day.

YES! Strollers are allowed. No other wheeled devices (roller blades, skate boards, scooters) allowed on the race course.

Dogs and pet are not allowed in the Village or on the race course, other than offical service pets (with papers).

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