Girls on the Run of the High Country 5K

The Girls on the Run of the High Country 5K is celebrated twice each year as the culminating event in our 10-week GOTR curriculum. The 5k is open to the general public and current and past GOTR participants, coaches and families.


Event Details


December 8, 2024 at 2:00 P.M.


Lowe's Park at River's Edge- Wilkesboro, NC

Bib Pick-up/On-site Registration

12:30 - 1:30 P.M.

Registration and Fees

Everyone except current GOTR program participants and coaches need to register! Registration fees are $15.00 if received by November 12, 2024 - t-shirt guaranteed. From November 13, 2024 until race day, registration is $20, t-shirts will be available on a first come basis. Day-of registration starts at 12:30 P.M., only cash and check payments will be accepted.

If you need to pay 5K registration fees offline before the day of, please contact Mary Sheryl Horine at 828-262-7557.

Register for Girls on the Run of the High Country 5K


GOTR-HC 5K registration is open to the general public, past GOTR participants, running buddies and families.

Participants in the current season of Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole do not need to register, as the 5K registration and fees are included as a part of the season program.

To ensure a t-shirt for the Fall 2024 GOTR-HC 5K, the registration deadline for running buddies and community members is November 12, 2024. Online registration is open until December 6, 2024.  

Race Day Information

The Course: The safety of our participants and families at the GOTR-HC 5k is our top priority. As always, we will have plenty of volunteers to make sure this is truly a celebration for our girls. The running route is an out and back route on a paved surface. There will be no road crossings!

Dogs and Strollers: Bring 'em!

Getting to the Race and Parking: Arrive early to allow time to get from your car to the race start. The 5k starts at 2:00pm so give yourself plenty of time to get settled in. We will have fun warm-up activities for the entire family!

Cancellation Policy: All attempts will be made to hold the event whether rain, shine or snow! It may be necessary to cancel if road conditions are unsafe or if lightening or ice is predicted. We will update the Girls on the Run of the High Country website as well as our Facebook page in the case of severe weather. A final decision will be made by 11:00am as to the status of the 5k.

Refund Policy: Your race registration fee is a donation to the Girls on the Run Scholarship fund. No refunds will be given even in the event of race cancellation, illness or injury. With written request, registration fees may be able to be transferred to the next 5k.

Race Day Schedule of Events

  • 12:30 pm: Packet Pick-up and Race day registration opens
  • 12:30 pm: Suggested arrival time for GOTR-HC participants (coaches will pick-up all necessary items for girls)
  • 12:30 pm: Race Village opens with happy hair, creative, and photo stations
  • 12:30 pm: Pre-race warm-ups begin
  • 1:30 pm: 5k runners will be called by team to line-up
  • 1:45 pm: Announcements and National Anthem
  • 1:55 pm: Parade of teams
  • 2:00 pm: Start of 5k!!!
  • 2:15 pm: Hospitality vendor's tables open in the Race Village
  • 4:00 pm: Race Village closes

Volunteer as a 5K Helper

The goal of each 5K is for the girls to do their best and HAVE FUN! Girls are not encouraged to race competitively but are encouraged to reach their own goals. For most girls, that's making it to the finish line – whether it is by walking, running, or skipping.

To make this a FUN event, we will need helpers to fill several positions including Sparkle Squad, cheerleaders, decorators, and directional flag-wavers.