5K Event

The Girls on the Run 5k is Saturday, April 9!

The Girls on the Run 5k will be on Saturday, April 9 on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL!

Anyone who has been to a Girls on the Run 5K knows that it is unlike any other running event.  It is a celebration of and for the girls who are completing a ten week season of Girls on the Run programming.  Our 5K is a non-competitive event that will bring a smile to your face!  Join over 300 girls, their coaches, and running buddies as we cover 3.1 miles throughout Charleston, IL. This is a celebration 5K, and times will not be recorded nor will results be posted. Everyone who crosses the finish line is a winner!

We welcome anyone who wants to run, walk, or skip their way to the finish line, and all finishers will receive a medal! Don’t delay! Register online!


  • $20 –Registration (for registrations received on or before 5pm on Friday, April 8)
  • $25 – Day of Registration (for registrations on-site Saturday, April 9)

Packet pick-up will be held on Thursday, April 7 from 4-8pm and Friday, April 8 from noon-6pm at Mattoon Area Family YMCA, 221 North 16th Street, Mattoon IL 61938.  Race day packet pick-up will be held from 7:30-8:30am on Saturday, April 9 at O’Brien Stadium in Charleston, IL.

Sat. April 9 Timeline:

  • 7:30 – 8:30 am: Event Day Registration and packet pick up.
  • 8:45 am: Opening Ceremony
  • 9 am: Non-competitive 5k begins
  • 8 – 11:00 am: 5K Celebration! Join us for music, face painting, a happy hair station and more!

Information for GOTR & Stride Participants and Families

We have over 600 volunteers that will be out on the course, including the Charleston Police Department and the EIU police department. Please help us by saying thank you to the volunteers as you go by! Due to our 5k the size of our event there will be no dogs allowed anywhere on the course.

Please have the Girls on the Run girls and  STRIDE boys wear their program shirts.

If you or your child’s running buddy still needs to register, they can do so by calling (217-234-9494) or visiting us at the Mattoon Area Family YMCA or registering online.

Girls on the Run 5k Time Line

8 am: Coaches and kids arrive!
We will have team meet up signs at the finish line. Please meet up with your coaches and team there. Happy Hair and face painting will be open at 7:30 am so please arrive with enough time to do all the activities you want before the 5k begins!

8:45 am: Opening Ceremony

9 am: 5k Event Starts!

9-11 am: Celebration
Includes music, photo booth, face painting, happy hair station and other family-fun activities!

Our GOTR girls and STRIDERS will get their very own goody bags! We will be selling Girls on the Run and STRIDE merchandise. We will only be able to accept cash or checks during this time.