Girls on the Run of Greater Detroit

Greater Detroit

Join us as we run or walk (skip, dance, or cartwheel) the Spring 2018 Girls on the Run and STRIDE Celebratory Fun Run! Read on to get all the important info so that you’re ready for the big day, Sunday, May 20th. Note that the GOTR/STRIDE celebratory run is a closed running event for program participants, their coaches and families. 

Please be sure to check back here for updates!



Registration for runners and volunteers will open March 12th


March 12th – April 15th $25 and Guaranteed T-shirt

April 16th – May 13th – $35

May 15th – May 20th – $45


Unlock limitless potential by being a 5k Superhero. Your donation of $100 will gain you free entry into the 5k, an awesome cape, and you will sponsor a child to cross the finish line in the Fall 2018 season! Simply choose “5k Superhero” in the registration. All donations are tax deductible.

We are excited to announce that the finisher’s gift at the 5k will be sunglasses! All GOTR, Heart and Sole, and STRIDE participants will receive a medal at their last practice. 

Packet Pick-Up

Packet Pick-Up will take place at the South Oakland YMCA, 1016 W Eleven Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48067 during the week of the event


There will also be event-day Packet Pick-Up 

GOTR and STRIDE participants will receive their bibs and event shirts at practice. 

Directions & Parking

The Spring 2018 GOTR, Heart & Sole, and STRIDE Celebratory Fun Run will be held at the Lake St. Clair Metropark, 31300 Metro Parkway, Harrison Township, MI 48045.

Entry to Lake St. Clair Metropark

Participants can pre-purchase a one-day vehicle permit for $10 (plus processing) when they register for their GOTR, Heart & Sole, and STRIDE event until Sunday, May 14th. After May 14th, you will be required to purchase your vehicle permit on event day, which will cause you to be in slower traffic. If you wish to exchange your one-day permit for an annual vehicle permit, please bring your one-day permit to the park office on event day.  A Metropark annual vehicle permit costs $35 ($21 for seniors ages 62 and older) and gives you access to all 13 Huron-Clinton Metroparks (see our 5-County Metroparks map) through December 31, 2017.

NOTE: Michigan’s Recreation Passport, purchased for your Michigan license plate, does not allow entry into the Metroparks.  The Huron-Clinton Metroparks is a separate regional park system than the Michigan State Parks and requires its own entry permit.


There is plenty of parking on site at Lake St. Clair Metropark. Please follow the Metropark staff’s instructions on where to park when you arrive.



Event Area Map

More info coming soon!

Event Schedule


Run Details

Running Bibs: You will receive a running bib with your individual number. The running bib must be worn on your FRONT during the run to identify you to our course marshals as a  participant. Your running bib must be clearly visible on the outside of your clothing during the run.

Bib Quick Tips:

  • Running bib is clearly visible on the FRONT during the run
  • Running bib is pinned in all four corners (or secured to a race belt, if you have one)
  • Running bib is worn on the outside of your clothing and is not covered (by jackets, shirts, etc.)

Aid and Facilities

An aid station will be located at approximately mile 1.5. Water and First Aid will be available there. There will also be Port-o-Potties set up near the start line and at the aid station. 

The main first aid table will be inside the casino, Safety volunteers can be identified by their red YMCA hats. Lost children should go to the First Aid  table located inside the casino.

Loved Ones on the Run

Parents, relatives, and caregivers are very welcome to run the 5K with their children. However, they need to be officially registered for the event and they must run in the same zone as their child.

For Safety and Security…

Please, no earbuds, headphones, and musical devices will be permitted on the course. No dogs are allowed on the course. Thank you for your cooperation!

The main first aid table will be inside the casino, safety volunteers can be identified by their red YMCA hats. Lost children should go to the First Aid  table located inside the casino.

Thank You Sponsors

(Your company’s name  and logo here for all to see!)

Now accepting 2018 Sponsorship applications Contact Jackie Kippen for more information (