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Registration Open for Spring Regional GOTR 5Ks

Girls on the Run of Nebraska presents regional GOTR 5Ks across the state. Registration for spring events is open through April 15. Shirts are guaranteed ONLY if registered by April 5. Start times are subject to change due to weather.

  • Central GOTR 5K -- April 29 at Yanney Park in Kearney (tentative 10 a.m.)
  • Northeast GOTR 5K -- April 30 at Ford Park in O'Neill (tentative 1:30 p.m.)
  • Southeast GOTR 5K -- May 6 at York High School in York (tentative 10 a.m.)
  • Panhandle GOTR 5K -- May 20 at Chadron High School in Chadron (tentative 10 a.m.)
  • Metro GOTR 5K -- Oct. 29 at Pioneers Park in Lincoln (open only to currently enrolled GOTR girls) -- (tentative  9:30 a.m).

Every GOTR Girl Needs Adult Run Buddy at 5K

Every GOTR girl on the course must be accompanied by a registered Run Buddy to encourage her every step of the way. The Run Buddy is a key source of support and safety for a GOTR girl. A Run Buddy is designated by the parents to run with and encourage their GOTR girl from start to finish on the 5K trail. It can be a parent, family friend or sibling (minimum age 18), a teacher at her school – anyone you think will be a positive-minded 5K partner on the course with her. Run Buddies may accompany up to two girls on the course.

Being a Run Buddy at the GOTR 5K is a fun and gratifying experience. A Run Buddy helps ensure a GOTR girl’s safety at this large event and motivates her to do her very best. Sharing the 5K experience with a GOTR girl is an uplifting and unforgettable experience for both participants. It’s a great opportunity for a GOTR girl and her parent, mentor or friend to bond.

Online registrations are accepted until one month before the event. Sign up early to get the lowest entry fees and guarantee your 5K shirt.


What to Expect at a GOTR 5K

  • There will be a large crowd. The GOTR-Nebraska 5Ks range in size from 200 to 2,000 runners on the course. There are always lots of spectators and up to 100 volunteers. In-bound traffic to many regional 5Ks is heavy, so plan accordingly. Directions on venue location, arrival time, parking, team huddles will be sent to you via email. Please follow the instructions that are given to you to ensure the smoothest experience.
  • Enjoy the atmosphere. Unlike many 5Ks, where you just show up and run, the GOTR 5K is a party celebrating the hard work of all the girls. Pre-race time is for signing shirts, painting hair at Happy Hair Station, warming up with their teams and having fun. 
  • Pace yourself on the course. Girls and Run Buddies of all running abilities are welcome at the GOTR 5Ks. Avoid sprinting at the start and run your own 5K instead and maintain a steady pace. There will be many walkers on the route -- please be gracious to everyone. It’s OK to run faster later on in the race, but your experience will be much more pleasant and you’ll get to the finish faster if you don't sprint early on.
  • Hydrate. There will be water near the 1.5-mile mark and at the finish line. Carry a water bottle with you if you'll need more water.

5K Etiquette -- Helpful Hints for First-Timers

  • Like any road race, it will be crowded at the start. It takes a while for the crowd to thin out. Be patient and move forward as best you can. It may take you several minutes before you reach the official “starting line” and that’s OK.
  • Do not push or shove runners out of your way.
  • Be aware of other runners.
  • Just like driving, stay to the right and pass on the left.
  • Enjoy the experience and don’t be afraid to interact with other runners.
  • As you pass the water station, grab some water from the table or the outstretched hand of a volunteer and keep moving. Try to toss the cup to the side of the race route so runners behind you don’t have to run through an obstacle course of crushed cups.
  • As you approach the finish line, some runners will kick it up a notch. Be aware of runners coming up behind you as you approach the finish chute. While it’s not acceptable to push someone out of the way, passing up until the last moment is expected.
  • At the finish line, there will be food and water provided. Please move through the line then find a place out of the way of the finish area to clear the area for the runners coming behind you.
  • Find a place to cheer on the remaining runners.
  • Thank the volunteers as you pass them. This event isn't possible without them. Also acknowledge police officers and other people who are directing traffic as they’re working to keep you safe.