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Running Events5k Runs

5k Runs

5k (or 3.1miles) is one of the most popular running distances, with over 8 million people in the USA taking part each year. These races are often hugely enjoyable, getting the local community, friends, family, kids, and even dogs involved! If you're just starting as a runner, this is a great distance fo keeping fit, aiming for a new PB or building towards a bigger distance. Beginners should aim to run a 5k in under 30 minutes, and more regular runners can set themselves a challenge of finishing in under 20 minutes. Fun runs always have a great atmosphere, and give you an opportunity to get into your favourite fancy dress, and get covered in colored paint, bubbles, or mud. Alternatively, some of the most popular running festivals offer a 5km option, so anyone can get involved with the big marathon weekends. There are plenty of weekly 5k options available, so these are a great way of getting stuck into a running routine.

337 events found
Redondo Beach 10k
Booked 2 times this week

Sunday, Feb 13, 2022

Redondo Beach 10k

LocationIndicator

Redondo Beach, California

Participants

10k, 5k

Star4.5

(3 reviews)

FilledTicket$25 – $45
Booking perksGreat atmosphereRoad
Mary Jane 5k - Santa Barbara

Sunday, Jun 12, 2022

Mary Jane 5k - Santa Barbara

LocationIndicator

Santa Barbara, California

Participants

5k

FilledTicket$35 – $186
Booking perksFlat road
Mary Jane 5k - Long Beach

Sunday, Aug 21, 2022

Mary Jane 5k - Long Beach

LocationIndicator

Long Beach, California

Participants

5k

FilledTicket$35 – $186
Booking perksFlat road
Oaktown Half Marathon, 5k & Stomper's Stomp
Booked 3 times this week

Saturday, Sep 10, 2022

Oaktown Half Marathon, 5k & Stomper's Stomp

LocationIndicator

Oakland, California

Participants

half marathon, 5k

Star4.5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket$19 – $178
Booking perksGreat atmosphereRoad
Oakland Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov 24, 2022

Oakland Turkey Trot

LocationIndicator

Oakland, California

Participants

5k

FilledTicket$20.22 – $39
Booking perksRoad
Marin Endurance Festival - Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

Sunday, Oct 30, 2022

Marin Endurance Festival - Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

LocationIndicator

McNears Beach, California

Participants

5k, half marathon, 10k

FilledTicket$39 – $149
Booking perksGreat sceneryTrail
Sombrero Half Marathon, 5k & 10k
Booked 5 times this week

Sunday, Feb 6, 2022

Sombrero Half Marathon, 5k & 10k

LocationIndicator

Simi Valley, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicket$50 – $100
Booking perksFlat road
The Rattlesnake Ramble

Sunday, Feb 13, 2022

The Rattlesnake Ramble

LocationIndicator

San Rafael, California

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon

Star5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket$35 – $65
Booking perksGreat atmosphereHilly trail
Seaside Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k - Ventura CA
Booked 26 times this week

Sunday, Feb 20, 2022

Seaside Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k - Ventura CA

LocationIndicator

Ventura, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star4

(4 reviews)

FilledTicket$50 – $130
Booking perksGreat atmosphereGreat sceneryRoad
Marina Double 15k, Marina 10k, UjENA Fit Club 5k Run/Walk & Bob Anderson's Kids 1-mile

Saturday, Apr 9, 2022

Marina Double 15k, Marina 10k, UjENA Fit Club 5k Run/Walk & Bob Anderson's Kids 1-mile

LocationIndicator

Brisbane, California

Participants

10k, 5k

Star5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket$15 – $42
Booking perksGreat atmosphereRoad
Silver Moon Race - Paso Robles

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Silver Moon Race - Paso Robles

LocationIndicator

Paso Robles, California

Participants

10k, 5k

FilledTicket$110 – $250
Booking perksTrail
Surfers Point Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

Sunday, Nov 6, 2022

Surfers Point Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

LocationIndicator

Ventura, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star4

(4 reviews)

FilledTicket$55 – $140
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat road
Thanksgiving Day 5k - Simi Valley

Thursday, Nov 24, 2022

Thanksgiving Day 5k - Simi Valley

LocationIndicator

Simi Valley, California

Participants

5k

FilledTicket$50 – $186
Booking perksRoad
Arroyo Creek Half Marathon, 10k & 5k - Simi Valley, CA
Booked 1 time this week

Sunday, Jun 26, 2022

Arroyo Creek Half Marathon, 10k & 5k - Simi Valley, CA

LocationIndicator

Simi Valley, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicket$45 – $110
Booking perksFlat road
Surf City Marathon and Half Marathon

Sunday, Feb 6, 2022

Surf City Marathon and Half Marathon

LocationIndicator

Huntington Beach, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 5k

Star5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Great atmosphereFlat road
Portland Shamrock Run

Sunday, Mar 13, 2022

Portland Shamrock Run

LocationIndicator

Portland, Oregon

Participants

half marathon, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Flat trail
Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon,10k & 5k

Sunday, Feb 6, 2022

Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon,10k & 5k

LocationIndicator

San Francisco, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star4.5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Great atmosphereFlat road
Myrtle Beach Marathon, Half Marathon & 5k

Saturday, Mar 5, 2022

Myrtle Beach Marathon, Half Marathon & 5k

LocationIndicator

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 5k

Star4

(3 reviews)

FilledTicket$35 – $119
Great atmosphereGreat sceneryFlat road
Hot Chocolate San Diego 15k/5k

Sunday, Mar 20, 2022

Hot Chocolate San Diego 15k/5k

LocationIndicator

San Diego, California

Participants

5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Road
Oakland Running Festival
Booked 8 times this week

Sunday, Mar 20, 2022

Oakland Running Festival

LocationIndicator

Oakland, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 5k, 10k

FilledTicket$15 – $175
Road
Nurses Rock 10k & 5k

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Nurses Rock 10k & 5k

LocationIndicator

null

Participants

10k, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Shoreline Marathon
Booked 2 times this week

Sunday, Jul 17, 2022

Shoreline Marathon

LocationIndicator

Ventura, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star4.5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket$45 – $140
Great atmosphereFlat
Long Beach Marathon

Sunday, Oct 9, 2022

Long Beach Marathon

LocationIndicator

Long Beach, California

Participants

5k, marathon, half marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Beach
Silver Strand Half Marathon

Sunday, Nov 13, 2022

Silver Strand Half Marathon

LocationIndicator

Coronado, California

Participants

5k, 10 miles, half marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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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.

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