5k Runs in California

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JUL28
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The San Francisco Marathon
San Francisco, CA, 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.

$64 - $269
The San Francisco Marathon
AUG17
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XTERRA Lake Tahoe 5K and 10K
Incline Village, NV, United States

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.

$11 - $50
XTERRA Lake Tahoe 5K and 10K
AUG18
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Sun's Out Run's Out
San Mateo, CA, United States

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.

$5 - $30
Sun's Out Run's Out
SEP1
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Hope for the Homeless 5k/10k Run/Walk - Los Angeles
Culver City, CA, United States

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.

$20 - $45
Hope for the Homeless 5k/10k Run/Walk - Los Angeles
SEP21
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Be the Change 5K
San Diego, CA, United States

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

$18 - $55
Be the Change 5K
SEP22
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Harvest Half Marathon 5k,10k
Los Angeles, CA, United States

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.

$35 - $95
Harvest Half Marathon 5k,10k
SEP22
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SF Aloha Run
San Francisco, CA, United States

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.

$15 - $50
SF Aloha Run
OCT12
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Ashland Cherryland 5K Fun Run
San Leandro, CA, United States

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!

$1 - $14
Ashland Cherryland 5K Fun Run
OCT13
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Jeepers Creepers Run
Ventura, CA, United States

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.

$35 - $100
Jeepers Creepers Run
OCT27
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Redwood City OktobeRun
Redwood City, CA, United States

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.

$20 - $70
Redwood City OktobeRun
OCT27
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The Honey Badger Half, 10K & 5K
San Rafael, CA, United States

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)!

$30 - $80
The Honey Badger Half, 10K & 5K
NOV10
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Surfers Point Marathon, Half, 10k & 5k
Ventura, CA, United States

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.

$45 - $130
Surfers Point Marathon, Half, 10k & 5k
NOV22
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Gobble Wobble
San Mateo, CA, United States

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!

$5 - $37
Gobble Wobble
NOV28
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Thanksgiving Day 5k – Simi Valley, CA
Simi Valley, CA, United States

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.

$35 - $110
Thanksgiving Day 5k – Simi Valley, CA
DEC1
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Holly Jolly Half Marathon, 10k & 5k
Camarillo, CA, United States

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.

$35 - $95
Holly Jolly Half Marathon, 10k & 5k
DEC7
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Run Laughlin Half Marathon, 5K & 10K
Laughlin, NV, United States

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:

Two States, Two Time Zones, One DAM Great Race!

$45 - $110
Run Laughlin Half Marathon, 5K & 10K
DEC8
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The Krampus Cross Country 5K & 10K
San Francisco, CA, United States

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.

$30 - $60
The Krampus Cross Country 5K & 10K
JAN12
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San Diego Resolution Run 5k, 10k & Half Marathon
San Diego, CA, United States

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.

$25 - $65
San Diego Resolution Run 5k, 10k & Half Marathon
JAN26
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Sombrero Half Marathon, 5K & 10K
Simi Valley, CA, United States

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.

Top 5 Reasons to Run with Elite Sports CA
5 Races always start on time!
4 Race distances are measured correctly!
3 Race SWAG including custom finishers medal, event day dry-fit shirt, event day water bottle and MORE!
2 Race day packet pick up available! Time saver and no hotel to pay for if you are traveling in from out of town! YEAH!!
1 Have an emergency? Cant make the event youve paid for? No problem we will reschedule you for any Elite Sports CA event within the next 12 months. WHAT?? YES unheard of!!

$45 - $95
Sombrero Half Marathon, 5K & 10K
MAR7
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Pasadena Triathlon
Pasadena, CA, United States

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.

$35 - $165
Pasadena Triathlon
JUL20
Sarah DeMille 5K Memorial Run
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, United States

Join us for the annual Sarah DeMille 5K Memorial Run! The memorial run is held in memory of Sarah DeMille (SMCHS Class of 2005). Sarah was a four-year cross country and track athlete at SMCHS who had a deep love for her sport and her teammates.

The goal of this event is to bring Eagle alumni, family and friends to campus and raise funds to sustain the Sarah DeMille '05 Memorial Scholarship.

A morning full of fun and activities is planned! The main event will be the 5K Memorial Run (it's a Trail Run), but there is something for the whole family including a fun run and pancake breakfast! Come out and run or walk together as a family -- bring everyone!

$15 - $30
Sarah DeMille 5K Memorial Run
JUL21
Races for Braces
Lathrop, CA, United States

Enjoy a beautiful view of the San Joaquin River as you run along the levy surrounding River Islands while helping Foster Youth in need get braces. Enjoy the Post-Race faire, Celebration of Life, Remembering Jerald Asican with food, music, and crafts.

$10 - $35
Races for Braces
JUL24
Boogie Nights Summer Run Series – Ventura
Ventura, CA, United States

The annual Boogie Nights Summer Run Series presented by the Ventura Running Club. This is a fun Wednesday Night Run Series taking place at the Ventura Promenade. The course starts and finishes at Aloha Steakhouse and runs along the oceanfront promenade.

$20
Boogie Nights Summer Run Series – Ventura
JUL25
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Into the Wild Rockin' Summer Run 5K #1 - July
Orange County, CA, United States

Our summer evening 5k race will introduce people of all ages to the exciting world of short distance trail racing. Our evening single loop races will wind its way on a course designed for the beginner trail runner or advanced street racer. Runners will use their skills to race the trails outlining Irvine Park as the sun slowly lowers in the sky. Post-race participants will be treated to a concert in the park as they relax with their family and friends enjoying the sounds and sights of the pleasant summer evenings in Southern California. We take pride in giving you the best bang for your buck. Shirts, Medals, Post-race refreshments, overall and age group awards, and a raffle

$29.99
Into the Wild Rockin' Summer Run 5K #1 - July
JUL26
5K Race for Talent
Monterey, CA, United States

Runners and walkers will enjoy a 3.1 mile course along the Monterey Bay while supporting our mission to attract, develop and retain talent for the global produce and floral industry. This race will feature a performance t-shirt, race bag full of goodies, continental breakfast with coffee and juices, and a guaranteed fun time by all.

$40
5K Race for Talent
JUL27
Optimist Club of Coronado Sports Fiesta 5K Run
Coronado, CA, United States

The Sports Fiesta triathlon is recognized as the longest continually running triathlon in the United States. Our triathlon was the prototype for the Hawaiian Iron Man, predating it by 7 years. It is a nationally recognized competition, attracting hundreds of participants each year.

$35
Optimist Club of Coronado Sports Fiesta 5K Run
JUL27
Coronado Optimist Sports Fiesta
Coronado, CA, United States

Longest continually running triathlon IN THE WORLD. The Sports Fiesta triathlon is recognized as the longest continually running triathlon in the United States. Our triathlon was the prototype for the Hawaiian Iron Man, predating it by 7 years. It is a nationally recognized competition, attracting hundreds of participants each year.

$35
Coronado Optimist Sports Fiesta
JUL27
Cypress Run
Cypress, CA, United States

Challenge yourself by finishing in consecutive order any combination of 5K/10K/Triathlon events in each of the cities of Cypress, Los Alamitos and Seal Beach to receive a unique and coveted medal!

$35
Cypress Run
JUL27
IPA River Run
West Sacramento, CA, United States

The IPA River Run will feature a new course along the Sacramento River on the River Walk Trail in West Sacramento. The race will start and finish at Drakes: The Barn across from historic Old Sacramento. Included for each runner is a custom Finishers IPA River Run Pint Glass, with craft beer and a special lunch coupon provided by Drakes: The Barn after the race. There will be post race refreshments along with awards three deep in each age group division.

$40
IPA River Run
JUL27
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Bad Bass Half Marathon
Castro Valley, CA, United States

Rising up from the depths of Lake Chabot, the Bad Bass (a strangely kilt-wearing, bagpipe-playing Scottish bass with teeth) shows itself once again! Why is he Scottish? What is he doing in Castro Valley? How can he play bagpipes with his fin? We have no idea how to answer those questions. Why is he so bad-to-the-fishbone? Maybe he just knows how awesome the trails of Lake Chabot really are! Whatever the Bad Bass is doing here, we hope you'll join us at the beautiful Lake Chabot Marina in Castro Valley for the scenic Bad Bass 5K, 10K or Half Marathon!

$58 - $83
Bad Bass Half Marathon
JUL27
Fab 40s 5K
Sacramento, CA, United States

Join us for the annual Fab 40s 5k Run/Walk benefiting the Alzheimers Association of Northern California. We want to increase the understanding of Alzheimers disease and its devastating affect on families. We feel the need to provide an opportunity for affected families to meet and interact with one another.

$32
Fab 40s 5K
JUL28
Live Well San Diego 5K and Kids 1-Mile Fun Run
San Diego, CA, United States

Now in its 6th year, the 2019 Live Well San Diego 5K and Kids 1-Mile Fun Run will bring thousands of San Diegans together on Sunday, July 28th in support of a healthy, safe and thriving San Diego County.

$15 - $25
Live Well San Diego 5K and Kids 1-Mile Fun Run
AUG1
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Into the Wild Rockin' Summer Run 5k #2 - August
Orange, CA, United States

Our summer evening 5k race will introduce people of all ages to the exciting world of short distance trail racing. Our evening single loop races will wind its way on a course designed for the beginner trail runner or advanced street racer. Runners will use their skills to race the trails outlining Irvine Park as the sun slowly lowers in the sky. Post-race participants will be treated to a concert in the park as they relax with their family and friends enjoying the sounds and sights of the pleasant summer evenings in Southern California. We take pride in giving you the best bang for your buck. Shirts, Medals, Post-race refreshments, overall and age group awards, and a raffle!

$29.99
Into the Wild Rockin' Summer Run 5k #2 - August
AUG3
Legends of Cross Country 5K
Las Vegas, NV, United States

The Legends of Cross Country course includes smooth, crushed rock and grass. The course starts and finishes in the grass on the east side of Sunset Park and includes three (3) laps around the pond at Sunset Park. The finish is flat and fast with great visibility as you approach the finish line. The fastest 5K times of the year for Las Vegas are most often produced during the Legends of Cross Country.

$40
Legends of Cross Country 5K
AUG3
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Summer Breeze Half Marathon
San Leandro, CA, United States

What makes this such a popular race? Is it the refreshing cool breezes in August? The flat course? The race shirt? The finisher medal? The custom age group medals? Probably the 'It's It' ice cream sandwiches at the finish! Find out for yourself at our 10th Annual Summer Breeze races. Everybody will enjoy a flat, easy bayside trail that rarely strays more than a few feet from water. Perfect for setting a personal record.vHikers/walkers are always welcome!

$53 - $83
Summer Breeze Half Marathon

About 5k events in the United States

5ks are the most accessible of the regular race distances and are very popular as a result. You'll find a mixed bag of competitors, from newbies to running veterans all competing in the same events. There are loads of 5k events throughout Cali, large and small, at all times of the year so it's never a bad time to book onto your first (or fifteenth) event.

What are the best 5k events?

People run these events for all sorts of reasons, from fitness goals to charity fundraising, but one constant is the amount of friendly faces and fancy dress you'll see - these are the events to have fun at. The Carlsbad 5000 is one of the most famous 5ks in the United States, it's a super fast course and world records have been set there. After you've raced your way to the finish line, you'll be treated to some quality craft beer. If you love the big atmosphere, the largest running festivals often host a series of shorter races. The California International Marathon is a great example as they host a popular 5k race on the same day as the marathon.

What is the average time to run a 5k?

Finishing times will vary depending on fitness levels, motivation and training. The real speedsters can run 5k in under 14 minutes. but, for the rest of us, it can take anything from 30 minutes to an hour. Half an hour is considered a very good time, especially for someone new to running. You'd have to run at a pace of 9.5 minutes per mile for the whole race to achieve this.

After you've completed a few 5k events, you might even feel like trying your hand at 10k, check out our race calendar to see if there's something for you.

How long should I train for a 5k?

You might be tempted to enter a 5k without training. If you want to do anything other than walk it, we would advise that you take on our 6 weeks to 5k training plan. Training will not only allow you to unlock your running potential and set a strong PR but it will also minimise the risk of injury. It's definitely worth building up to an event.

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