5k FAQs

Do I have to register for the race to run with my daughter?

Yes, for safety reasons, all runners must be registered. This is also our largest fundraiser which helps keep the price of the program as low as possible for all girls to participate, regardless of ability to pay.

Where can I park?

Ride the Metrolink and avoid parking downtown! The Civic Center stop is one block from race village.

There is plenty of street parking with meters surrounding the race village. As of July 2013, the City of St. Louis is enforcing parking meter charges downtown. If you choose to park on the street, you will need to pay the meter. There is typically a two hour time limit.

There will be several parking lots open the morning of the 5k. They will be charging $5 per vehicle. This is a great option to avoid having to return to your car to feed the parking meter.

Handicapped parking is available on Market St. between 13th St. and Tucker

Where do I meet my team?

Meet your team in our School Village area. Teams will be lined up in alphabetical order beginning on Market near 15th St. and extending down Market to 13th, across 13th to Chestnut, and down Chestnut towards Tucker. There will be an elevated sign for each school/site so just look for your team name.

The 5k will start at 8am on May 9. We recommend arriving no later than 7am to ensure ample time for parking. We will have activities for the girls and families in race village up until the start of the 5k.

Where can I meet my runner after she has finished?

The most convenient place to meet your runner is back at her school meeting place where she started the race. Only race participants will be allowed into the finisher’s chute and the large crowd will make it difficult for you to spot her leaving the chute. Even if you are running the race with your GOTR, we recommend that you pick a meeting spot in advance in case you get separated. Inside the finish chute or at the end of the finish chute are not good meeting places.

Beginning Fall 2014, we made the opening at the end of the finisher's chute much wider to accomodate the crowds leaving the chute. Please do not wait for your runner at the end of the finisher's chute - you block the flow of traffic from the chute and due to the large number of people, it is unlikely that you will be able to spot your runner in the crowd.

Potential meeting locations:

  • At your runner's school sign where she started the 5k (preferred)
  • The statue in the park located next to the finish chute, across from Peabody Opera House
  • The steps or one of the statues at Soldiers Memorial
  • The Information Tent in Race Village

What if I can't find my runner and/or she can't find me?

If you can’t find your runner, please go to the Information Tent in race village (you might want to check the DJ/dance area first). Race officials and volunteers will take any unattended children to the Information Tent.

What happens if it rains?

We will run rain or shine but may delay or cancel the race if the weather is severe. Check our website and Facebook page for updates. No refunds will be given for cancellation for any reason, including weather.