Girls on the Run Circles
Empowering Girls
Stark County


Let your inner Superhero run* free at the Girls on the Run 5K Run/Walk!

*or walk...or skip...or dance! (Really, the only requirement is that you move forward with a positive attitude and your best effort.)


Saturday, May 31, 2014
Check in: 6:00 a.m. to 7:40 a.m.
5K start time: 8:00 a.m.
Walsh University

2020 E. Maple Street, North Canton, OH

Women only! Walkers Welcome!

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Are you up for an amazing celebration of girl power? The Girls on the Run 5K Run/Walk is the culminating celebration for over 600 3rd through 8th grade girls who have completed the 10-week Girls on the Run and Girls on Track programs. In the 10 weeks leading up to the 5K, these girls train with a team of close friends to defeat the Girl Box and complete the GOTR 5K Run/Walk.

Defeat the Girl Box

Our inner Superheroes 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 it, we’re trying to be who we’re told we’re supposed to be (you know—skinny, pretty, perfectly dressed, 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 like no other—capes, giggles, smiles, tutus, crowns, girl power stripes, colorful hairdos, cheers, encouragement, and girl power abound! All women and girls are free to be themselves (aka AMAZING) and complete the 5K at their own pace and with their own unique style.

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


*Don’t worry. It’s just one guy. Just this year. Details about the Guy on the Run opportunity will be available soon. They’ve cheered us on for 5 years, so we thought we’d give them one chance to participate . . . but just one chance.

Superheroes Get Great Perks, Too!

  • Awesome door prizes and drawings
  • Girl power stripes & Happy Hair Booth
  • Massages after the 5K
  • Women’s style T-shirts & Fun 5K goodie bags
  • Indoor restrooms and changing room
  • Race timing using “B-tags”—just pin on your bib and GO
  • Unique awards for top 3 finishers and age groups
  • Certified loop course starting outside the Walsh University track, heading through the Hoover Trail, and finishing on the Walsh University track.
  • Day-before and same-day packet pick-up and registration at the GOTR Health Expo

GOTR Health Expo & Packet Pick-Up

Friday, May 30th

5–8 pm
Saturday, May 31st

6–9:30 a.m. (packet pick-up ends at 7:20 a.m.)

Check out products, services, & samples from local businesses at on-site booths. Located inside the Cecchini Center at Walsh University on your way to packet pick-up and registration.



Online: Click here to register until noon on May 30th, 2014.
Mail entries: Download a printable registration form here. (must be received by Friday, May 23, 2014).
In person: Friday, May 30, 2014 (5 p.m. to 8 p.m.) at the Cecchini Center at Walsh University. Same day registration will be avail- able from 6:00 a.m. to 7:20 a.m.


Entry Fees:

Women and Girls ages 14 and up

$25 pre-registration through noon May 30, 2014 $30 same day registration


Girls ages 13 and under

$20 pre-registration through noon May 30, 2014 $25 same day registration

Additional Details

Course: The course is a certified loop course beginning and ending at the Walsh University running track. Download the course map here.

Timing: All participants will be timed using the Chrono Track “B-Tag” on the bib.

Awards: 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.

T-shirts: T-shirts are guaranteed to all participants registered by Friday, May 23, 2014 at midnight.

Contact: Email our Race Director Patty Lovell at


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


2014 5K Run/Walk Sponsors


Mean Stinks, Secret Athleta
Lego Friends


Mercy Medical Center Aultman College
Stark Women's Center Healthy Woman Atrium OB/GYN RobertsonHeating


Akron Children's Hospital Mid's Homestyle Pasta Sauce
Iron FitnessGet 2 the Core Fitness


Cain Toyota


Friends of Stark Parks Huntington Bank



Walsh University Luna Mix 94.1 Road ID Smith Dairy Sunrise massage Powerade Zero Clif Bar Massillon Chiropractic Clinic



"It [GOTR] was very open and you were allowed to speak your mind."


2012 GIrls on the Run Participant


NEW: GOTR Power Patrol!

If you've participated in the Girls on the Run 5K, you know that we usually have Running Buddies for each girl. Since we're celebrationg our 5th year of empowering girls throughout Stark County, we're changing things up. Instead of Running Buddies, we're adding the Power Patrol!

Wearing HOT PINK CAPES*, the Power Patrol's duties include discouraging negativity (in a positive way) on the course and helping any GOTR girl who needs a dose of positivity to get her to the finish line.

Families are encouraged to build Power Patrols for their GOTR girls--moms, grandmas, aunts, sisters, cousins, and FEMALES of all ages simply choose the Power Patrol option when you register! Then, gather your team at the start line to cheer on your GOTR girl. All members should agree to move forward at their own pace with a positive attitude--whether that means running, walking, or skipping! It's the perfect 5K for first-timers or experienced runners!

This is considered a noncompetitive run, and our GOTR girls understand that everyone in this 5K should be running, walking, or skipping at her own pace.

*Please note that those registering as a member of the Power Patrol will NOT receive a 5K t-shirt with their registration. T-shirts will be available for purchase at the GOTR Gear table at the Health Expo on May 30 & 31. Please contact Amy Shock with any questions.

Capes are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


POWER PATROL REGISTRATION CLOSES May 15, 2014 (or when we run out of capes).


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