In 2011 On Hill Events created the first of the glow stick runs with the Legacy Midnight Run. This was the first of the midnight run races on the Legacy Parkway Trail System. The concept is to run under a full moon at night with glow sticks and attempt to beat the midnight hour. The goal is to beat the midnight Though all medals are high end flashing medals we still encourage all racers to attempt to beat the midnight hour and finish with a great time.
5k Runs in United States
Set an early alarm for this bucket list event around SF. Get an all-access pass to the SF sights, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf, and take up the challenge (expect hills - it's SF after all). Come for the finisher's medal and atmosphere of the on-course cheer stations.
Enjoy the whoops and cheers of the crowd as you take on 4 laps of this well-known course. Flat as a pancake and on entirely paved roads, this is a good one if you're after a PR. And who can say no to the promise of post-race street tacos?
Join us in August for the Fifth Annual Humboldt Bay Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K and Marina Mile Races Sponsored by HPRC, the Humboldt Patient Resource Center.
This is a USATF Sanctioned Event!
The XTERRA Lake Tahoe 5k and 10k trail run happens on the same day as XTERRA Lake Tahoe Offroad Triathlon. The course starts and finishes at the Village Green in Incline Village, NV.
This is a large open grass community field. The event is set up and staged from here. From the starting area the course heads north and onto the great trail system featuring tall pines, aspens and creek crossings. Run one lap for the 5K or two for the 10K. The second lap starts right back in the venue creating a fun viewing area to cheer on the 10K participants.
Bring the kids as this is a great venue for our shorter kids races for ages 4-12 years.
The Huckleberry Half Marathon/10k/5k is one of the Pacific Northwest's most beautiful courses. Stretching through the iconic and beautiful Mt. Hood National Forest with views of the Salmon River and old forest growth, the scenery is one to remember.
Run Provo Canyon then into the Pleasant Grove area. This course is a great downhill route with views of Bridal Veil Fall the Provo River and much more!
Lace up your kicks and join A Runner's Mind for the first annual Suns Out Runs Out Kids 5K, 1 Mile and Dash at Coyote Point Park! Join us for a morning of fun, celebrating friends, family and community.
Following our successful races on Super Bowl Sunday weekend Friday, Feb 1 and June 2nd where we donated proceeds from the races to Back On My Feet, we are again organizing to give hope to others through a Friday morning 5K Run. Atlanta Council District 6 Councilwoman is co-sponsoring the walk to advance awareness and provide proceeds to local initiatives focused on the prevention of homelessness.
This race starts at Big Mountain overlooking Salt Lake City, Utah to the West but heads East to East Canyon Reservior and finishes in Morgan, Utah. Views on this course are spectacular from the high pine trees near Big Mountain Summit to East Canyon Reservior to views of the Morgan Valley with great landscapes and farmlands.
Run/walk with hundreds of community-minded and socially conscious participants to advance awareness and provide proceeds to local initiatives focused on the prevention and elimination of homelessness in Los Angeles charity Back on My Feet. Nestled in Culver City, this electronically chip timed USATF-certified 5K/10K Walk/Run is being held to experience fun with friends, family, locals and tourists for a great cause.
When you participate in this 5K, youll give back to charities that serve the communities of San Diego. 100% of the net proceeds from the Be The Change 5K will benefit Make-A-Wish San Diego, Caterinas Club and the Gary Sinise Foundation. The Be The Change Foundation, on behalf of Youngevity, has committed to donating a minimum of $30,000 to be distributed equally among our three 5K charity partners
Race in the third of this 3 race series around the Lake Balboa bike path at Woodley Park. This is a great local race for all types of runners to chase those PRs. Come for the goody bag, t-shirt and, if you complete all 3 races, an exclusive Series Finisher medal.
With a spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge, runners/walkers of all abilities will enjoy the incredible scenery of Crissy Field, Hawaiian style music and entertainment, tasty Aloha treats, and childrens activities.
Bring the entire family including your canine buddy for this fun and healthy event which will include special kids activities for our younger athletes and doggie treats for your four-legged companion.
Ashland Cherryland 5K Fun Run is organized by the Ashland Cherryland Healthy Communities Collaborative and hosted by Alameda County. This year, FamFest is returning to build civic pride, provide a vast array of resources for community members, and, most importantly, provide fun!
Head over to Ventura for a 5K, 10K or half marathon along the Ojai bike path. Courses don't get much flatter than this, so this race is well-suited to all types of runner. Come for goodies galore, including a finisher's medal, t-shirt and water bottle.
The RC.OktobeRun is open to runners of all levels. From competitive runners on our USA Track & Field certified half-marathon, to a 5K fun run perfect for kids and their families. All proceeds from OktobeRun go to the Redwood City Education Foundation.
Run like you give a SH$T on Sunday, 10/27/19 at China Camp State Park in San Rafael!
All runners have a shot at scoring a TON of awesome prizes via our trail treasure hunt! Find a special woodallion (or two) along the course and bring it back to the finish line to claim your prize(s)!
What better way to wrap up the fall running season than with a seaside marathon. This course will appeal to all types of runners, being largely flat and picturesque, with only a few hills to keep you on your toes. Treat yourself to free tacos and beer at the end of the race.
Come out and join us on Delawares prettiest USATF Certified Half-Marathon Course along the fully-paved Michael N. Castle C&D Canal Trail. This event starts and finishes at the Biddle Point trail head; strategically located only a short drive from Baltimore, Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Southeastern Pennsylvania. The trail head is a modern facility with restrooms, picnic tables, and indescribable views of the historic C&D Canal. All runner/spectator parking will be across the street at the Gunning-Bedford Middle School, and free shuttle buses / bag check will be provided. Those with a valid Handicapped placard will be able to park at the trail head.
There is no strict time limit for this race. Participants are able to finish this race in about 4 hours.
Welcome to the Denver Mac 'n Cheese premier 5k road race, starting and finishing in Washington Park. The Mac 'N Cheese 5k is a flat and fast course, offering $5,000 in prize money, age group awards, and plenty of food and beverages at the post-race party!
A Runner's Mind, the Bay Area's local run specialty store, is proud to present the annual Gobble Wobble. Join us on Thanksgiving morning for your choice of a 5K or 10K race and a kids dash, celebrating friends, family and community as we ARM up and give thanks!
There’s no better way to start Thanksgiving than with a 5k run through Simi Valley. Great for all, this undulating course takes you along a tree-lined bike path so you won’t have to worry about cars or the sun. Come along for the medal, finisher’s shirt and goodies.
The Ogden Santa Run is the original Utah Santa Run and held Thanksgiving weekend. Followed by the Ogden Holiday Light Parade and Lighting of the Ogden Christmas Village.
Pull on your most festive costume and head down for this jolly running series. Great for beginners and running veterans alike, this mostly flat course follows a bike path so you won’t have to worry about traffic. Come along for the medal, t-shirt and post-race costume contest.
The Provo Santa Run will still be held at the Shops at Riverwoods. After the race they do an awesome lighting of the shops with a concert and thousands of spectators.
The December weather in Laughlin and Bullhead City is perfect for an early morning race crisp and clear, with high temperatures in the high 60s and visibility for miles.
The Mojave Desert is one of the most picturesque, peaceful and tranquil places to run on Earth.
This Race delivers a downhill yet challenging course, amazing sights such Lake Mohave, running alongside the Colorado River, an opportunity to traverse the Davis Dam into Arizona and back.
The post race party is hosted at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino steps away from Vegas-style Casino Gaming action, live shows, fine dining, night clubs and so much more!
Your non-running support team will find off-roading, championship golf, hiking, ghost towns, concerts, and a variety of other excursions.
Join us for an unforgettable Race + Vacation experience where you'll run:
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The Gardner Village Santa Run is held in West Jordan at Historic Gardner Village. During December the village is decorated with countless Elves.
You have not run far enough. Nor have you run fast enough. Krampus (the Christmas devil) is displeased.
Pay penance to Krampus on Sun, 12/9 and you will not be visited by the cloven hooved devil contracted by Santa to deal with those who have been naughty!
Krampus is hosting his chip timed, cross country 5K & 10K on the beautiful Presidio Trails in San Francisco.
Enjoy a beautiful run around San Diego's Fiesta Bay to start your New Year. Great for runners and walkers alike, this flat course takes you around Mission Bay Park and Fiesta Island, keeping you by the waterside. Come for the chalkboard medal and t-shirt.
The race will start at Rancho Simi Park at 1765 Royal Ave, Simi Valley CA 93065 and run along the Arroyo bike path. Which is lined with beautiful trees for shade and makes a wonderful environment. The bike path runs through the center of Simi Valley and along the Arroyo Creek. This is still home to ducks and herons, (not cranes), who are soaking up the sun while playing in the gently flowing spring /summer time water.
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Located in Melbourne on Floridas Space Coast, between Miami and Jacksonville, east of Orlando and Tampa, the Publix Florida Marathon & 1/2 Marathon makes for a perfect warm winter running destination for runners of all ages and levels. It is held a month after the Disney Marathon. Like a Rock-n-Roll marathon, our event includes up to 20 musical acts along the course of the half and full marathon and half a dozen on the routes of the 5-k.
Welcome to the annual running of this all flat Ventura beachfront course
Choose from Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k and 5k distance!
This is also a Certified Boston Qualifier marathon
This event features a reverse sprint triathlon (5k run, 15k bike and 150m swim in the Rose Bowl Aquatic Pool), duathlon, 5k Fun Run, and a Junior Triathlon for kids. This event is a great event for new triathletes and competitors.
Note: USAT membership is required to enter all of the races except the 5K. If you have a membership, simply tell registration your number. If you do not, you will have to purchase a day pass.
Join us for El Chupacabra de San Antonio 5/10K!
Join in the 8th Annual Pultneyville Homecoming 5K Run/Walk! Proceeds to benefit the Access for All Fund at Gates Hall, the second oldest little theatre in continuous operation in the United States.
Join us for our annual HERO RUN 5K & Kids Fun Run!
This is a family-oriented event! Dress up as a SUPER HERO! As we run/walk in memory of a hometown hero, Cpl. Edwards !
We can't think of a better way to celebrate summer than a 5K dash to a Bell's Beer Garden serving up cold Oberon! Pair this summer favorite with a bottle opener finisher's medal, a finisher's pint glass, a sweet shirt! This fun course will take you along the river for an incredible Indianapolis skyline view, then bring you back to Historic Military Park at White River State Park where we will have live music, corn hole and BEER!
Freedom Trail Run is a 5k running tour of Bostons Freedom Trail. Well show you all of our citys most famous historical sites while you enjoy a fun workout!
This great annual event coincides with the 170th Annual Parish Picnic and features a 5K Run & 3K Walk through the area neighborhoods. Expanded post-race party will feature live music by Party of Nine, local craft beers and food trucks from Mineo and Sapio Street Eats, J & L BBQ, and Sassi Cakes. First 300 registrants will receive a dry fit t-shirt!
An Ability Fest Party with a 5k Run or Roll / 1k Fun Walk to help individuals with spinal cord injuries and disabilities to thrive and to support paralysis research.
This is Race #3 in a series of 4 monthly runs on the greens at Meadow Parks Golf Course this summer! You can run in one or more of these races.
This is the 22nd Annual event Co-Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce & Finger Lakes Regional Burn Association, and is open to the public. Race starts at 7PM on Saturday, July 19, 2019. Starts and ends at East Rochester School District campus, 200 Woodbine Ave.
Course starts & finishes at the Mentor High School track and runs along the bike path.
From downtown Highwood, up along the beautiful lake shore and through historic Fort Sheridan, the North Shore Taco Run 5K will be an event to remember. Whether you run or walk, grab a friend, grab your kids, grab your parents and come join the fun. When you've completed the race, walk right over to the North Shore Taco Festival grounds, listen to some live music and grab your complimentary taco and for participants 21 and older, a complimentary beer or margarita!!
This Life Challenge event is being conducted simultaneously on the same course, side by side, with another Life Challenge event: The 15th Annual Challenge Cancer 5k presented by Charities Challenge. Lets share the love as well as the road, and learn from one another about the Power of RxExercise to help us live well beyond lifes challenges. Go US!
The Lunar Landing 5K is a great way to celebrate one of mankinds greatest accomplishments.
About 5k events in the United States
5ks are made so popular in the United States by their accessibility. Every weekend sees thousands of beginners taking their first strides at a 5k event as well as regular runners trying to beat their personal record. These events tend to happen all year round, rain or shine. You have your regular park runs and big event 5ks, but also night runs, color runs, fun runs and charity runs so there's absolutely no excuse not to get involved.
What are the best 5k events?
At most events you'll find fancy dress, friendly runners and often a charitable cause to bring people together. The 5k is where the fun happens. One great example is the Hot Chocolate Chicago 5k which is one of the largest 5ks in the US with over 25,000 participants. As the name suggests, you're greeted with chocolatey goodness at the finish line. This race is part of a series that's held in different cities throughout the US, so there's likely to be one near you. Larger events such as the Twin Cities Marathon and the Gasparilla Distance Classic often host 5k and 10k races alongside their longer flagship events.
What is the average time to run a 5k?
Your own time will vary depending on your goals and whether you're walking or running. The fastest dragsters can finish in under 14 minutes, but most can take up to an hour. Don't focus on others, set your own goals and stick to them. Generally speaking, anything under 30 minutes would be a very good time. For this to happen, you'd have to maintain a pace of around 9.5 minutes per mile for the full race.
How long should I train for a 5k?
Your training will depend on the goals you set and how they correspond to your current fitness levels and experience. First timers who don't consider themselves particularly fit should take on a 5k training program to get race ready. This will lower the risk of injury and help you stay motivated. Take a look at our 6 weeks to 5k training plan to get you up to speed.