Girls on the Run hosting virtual 5K through June 9

Participants in a past Girls on the Run 5K event. This year's race will be virtual May 9 through June 9.

Girls on the Run San Diego, a non-profit dedicated to empowering third through eighth-grade girls, has remained committed to serving girls in San Diego County despite school closures and stay-at-home orders.

Prior to the pandemic, 734 girls from 47 different locations, including Carmel Valley and Cardiff, had enrolled in Girls on the Run for spring 2020. The season typically concludes with a celebratory 5K event. Due to COVID-19, the group decided to transition to a fully virtual format including online programming, a social outreach initiative and a virtual “socially distanced” 5K.

The first (and hopefully only) Girls on the Run Virtual 5K is open to all of San Diego County. From May 9 through June 9, complete a 5K or any physical challenge and share on social media using #GOTRSD and #GOTR5K. Registration for community members is open at Virtual 5K participants who register will receive a training plan, printable finisher’s certificate and a medal that will be distributed when it is safe to do so.

“Even though we’re unable to gather for lessons or the 5K events, we remain steadfast in our commitment to provide opportunities for girls to be physically active, emotionally healthy and engaged with the core values of our programs,” said Kasey MacNair, executive director at GOTRSD. “Girls on the Run San Diego is working now more than ever to offer our girls and community a break from the fear and uncertainty they may be feeling.”

Girls on the Run’s #GOTRGotYourBack digital campaign offers tips, activities and mini lessons for everyone to enjoy by following the hashtag on Facebook and Instagram. Proceeds from the 5K will support GOTRSD’s programs and ensure all girls in the community can participate. To learn more or donate, visit