The first running of the Got Your Back 5k was in 2014 to celebrate and provide support to Texas State Head Athletic Trainer, David Gish, as he fought a battle against cancer.  David lost his battle, but we continue to run the race to honor David and support other families and Texas State Alumni as they fight against cancer.

The beneficiary of the 2023 Got Your Back 5k will be named at a later date.

Race Day Schedule

07:00 AM - Registration and packet pickup
08:30 AM - 5k Run/Walk

Entry Fees

5k Run/Walk                              $25 (Shirts cannot be guaranteed if you register after March 25)

Sleepwalker (No chip time)     $20 (Shirts cannot be guaranteed if you register after March 25)

Virtual 5k                                    $20


Online registration will close 2  days before race day.  Walk-up registration is available during packet pick-up times and race day. 

Cash, check, or Venmo is accepted.  Shirts cannot be guaranteed to late registrants.


In person 5k run/walk will begin and end at 5 Mile Dam Park, San Marcos, TX.

Address:  4440 Old Stagecoach Rd, San Marcos (Kyle), TX.

The event will occur rain or shine.

Parking:  Enter 5 Mile Dam Park, follow the one-way road through the park until you reach the second parking lot on your right.

Award Categories

5k Run/Walk
Overall Male/Female
Masters Male/Female (40 +)
Top 3 Male/Female in age groups:
     1-12, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-99
Virtual 5K Run/Walk
No age group awards
No age group awards

Logging Your Virtual Results

How to log your results:

  • Sign up for the race
  • Go for a run or walk specifically for the virtual run!
  • <<<If you don’t have an account on athleteguild.com, set one up – make sure the email address you use is unique to you and hasn’t been used by someone else in your family.  If you need help getting this straightened out, just contact webmaster@athleteguild.com>>>
  • Log in
  • Head to your event page on athleteguild.com
  • Click Results
  • Look up your name and click Update
  • Enter your time and click submit – results might not post immediately
  • Tell all your friends!
  • Virtual packets will be shipped following the close of the race.
Contact Info
Carla Heffner, ch37@txstate.edu