Fall 2017 Celebratory 5K

River City Rat Race

Registration Details
River City Rat Race--October 22, 2017

Downtown Fort Wayne
200 East Main Street, Fort Wayne, IN
12:30 PM | Pre-Race Party for Girls on the Run participants and running buddies
2:00 PM | 5K Start Time
Course Information
Course Map


The race starts at 200 East Main Street in Fort Wayne, and finishes at the Old Fort,  1201 Spy Run Ave Fort Wayne. 




Packet Pick-Up

Saturday Oct. 21, from 5-8pm at the downtown Fort Wayne YMCA, 1020 South Barr Street.

 Race day, 1st Source Bank from 12:00-1:30pm. 200 E. Main St., Ft. Wayne, Indiana. 



Fall 2017 Girls on the Run partcipants will run the River City Rat Race 5K. 

Described by Runner's World writer Hal Higdon as "One of the most scenic 10K’s I’ve ever run”, the River City Rat Race is a 10K Race and 5K Race through the autumn parks and riverfront of downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana. The race is fun and family friendly, and benefits the local YMCA.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will the 5k run take?

Finishing times vary of course, but our fastest runners will complete the run in about 25 minutes. Most runners will fall between 30-45 minutes We will be sweeping the course at one hour from the starting time to ensure all runners have returned to the starting area.

Can strollers run?

We allow strollers with walkers. Please start towards the back of the pack.

Can men register?


Can dogs run?


I am a Running Buddy. Do I need to register?

YES. You should have received a discount code from your daughter's coach or a GOTR volutneer coordiantor. Email us if you have not received it.

Are there aid stations available?

Water will be available at the start. Two Aid stations will be available on the course. Each participant should plan to take no more than two servings of water at each Aid Station. Runners are also encouraged to bring water bottles along on the course. Additional water and snacks will be available at the finish line.

My daughter is in Girls on the Run. Do I need to register her?

No. Her race registration is included in her program fee.

Where should I park?

Official event parking is provided in the school parking lot A, on West Sacramento Ave. A loading/unloading zone is available near the starting line, where all teams will gather prior to the run. You are welcome to drop off here, and follow the parking signs to the official event parking area.

Volunteer Registration

5K day is a special day for Girls on the Run participants! They achieve their goal of completing a 5K, a tangible example of what's possible with hard work, determination, and support! To celebrate, we host a pre-race party with music, "happy hair," a photo booth, a "bling your bib" station, and more!  

During our fall season, we rely on volunteers to plan and implement our pre-race celebration at the River City Rat Race! 

Each spring, we host the Girls on the Run 5K, which is open to the community.  We rely on volunters to help run the 5K event and the pre-race celebration. 

Volunteer Today
5K Committee

Help us plan the Spring Girls on the Run 5K.

Pre-Race Volunteers

Help with packet pickup and set-up.

Race Day Volunteers

Help us with water stations, packet pickup, course marshalling, serving snacks, and helping with the pre-race party!

5K Photos

Girls on the Run Northeast Indiana
10326 Missaukee Trail
Ft. Wayne, IN 46804

(317) 407-1145