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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 30, 2015
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!

Are you up for an amazing celebration of girl power? The Girls on the Run 5k Run/Walk is the culminating celebration for over 700 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 6th 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! Meet the 2014 SoleMale and find out about the next SoleMale auction here.

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 overall and age group finishers
  • 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

InstaGlam Photo Shoot!

Once you've stopped at the Happy Hair Booth for that perfect hair color and your Girl Power Stripes, head over to the InstaGlam photo shoot! It's an open-air photo booth with room for as many people as you can gather, complete with fun GOTR props.

The InstaGlam booth will close no later than 7:45am to allow everyone time to get to the starting line, so ge there early.

InstaGlam and additional 5k photos will be available for high resolution download through our Facebook page and our Shutterfly Share site.

GOTR Health Expo & Packet Pick-Up

Friday, May 29th

5–8 pm
Saturday, May 28th

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.

Arrive as early as possible—we are expecting a minimum of 1600 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: 7:45 to 8:30 am East Maple is closed. 8am to 9am Marquardt is closed.



Online: Online registration will open in early 2015 and will remain open until noon on May 29th, 2015.
Mail entries: Printable registration forms will be available in early 2015 and must be received by Friday, May 22, 2015.
In person: Friday, May 29, 2015 (5 p.m. to 8 p.m.) at the Cecchini Center at Walsh University. Same day registration will be available 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 29, 2015
$30 same day registration


Girls ages 13 and under

$20 pre-registration through noon May 29, 2015
$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 Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at noon.

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

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


2012 GIrls on the Run Participant


Running Buddies

Each of our GOTR girls deserves to have all of the support she can get! Instead of just one Running Buddy, build her a team of running buddies (the Power Patrol).

Families are encouraged to build Power Patrols for their GOTR girls--moms, grandmas, aunts, sisters, cousins, and FEMALES of all ages simply register for the Girls on the Run 5k and meet your daughter and her team for 5k-day warm-ups and cheers!

Then, gather your team at the start line to cheer on your GOTR girl and share the course with her. 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.

Negativity and pressure to compete should be avoided at all costs!



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