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5k Runs in California

5k (or 3.1mile) running events are hugely popular and easily accessible, especially with the wide variety that California has on offer. Fun runs are a great way of getting kids, friends, family, or even the dog involved with running. These races often require fancy dress or getting covered in bubbles, colors, or mud! They also sometimes have a charitable focus, so they are great opportunities for fundraising and community-building whilst keeping fit. Many larger running festivals often offer a 5k distance event, so that runners of all abilities can get involved. For example, at the Surf City Marathon and Half Marathon, which attracts over 20,000 participants each year, there is a 5k option on the same day. However, our personal favorite 5k event in California is the Carlsbad 5000, which is a super fast, record-breaking course. It has a big atmosphere, and always treats racers to a well-earned craft beer at the finish line.

286 events found
Silver Strand Half Marathon
Booked 112 times this week

Sunday, Nov 13, 2022

Silver Strand Half Marathon

LocationIndicator

Imperial Beach, California

Participants

half marathon, 10 miles, 5k

FilledTicket$25 – $113
Booking perksTrail
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Marin Endurance Festival
Booked 24 times this week

Saturday, Oct 29, 2022

Marin Endurance Festival

LocationIndicator

San Rafael, California

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon, olympic, sprint

FilledTicket$69 – $244
Booking perksGreat sceneryTrail
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Surfers Point Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k
Booked 26 times this week

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
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Back on the Ranch Trail Run and Campout

Sunday, Oct 2, 2022

Back on the Ranch Trail Run and Campout

LocationIndicator

Solvang, California

Participants

ultramarathon, 5k

FilledTicket$55 – $240
Booking perksGreat sceneryTrail
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Jeepers Creepers Run
Booked 9 times this week

Sunday, Oct 16, 2022

Jeepers Creepers Run

LocationIndicator

Santa Clarita, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicket$55 – $110
Booking perksFlat road
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SPACEROCK Trail Race

Saturday, Oct 22, 2022

SPACEROCK Trail Race

LocationIndicator

Agua Dulce, California

Participants

half marathon, 5k, 10k

Star5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket$80 – $165
Booking perksGreat atmosphereTrail
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LA Cancer Challenge
Booked 2 times this week

Sunday, Oct 23, 2022

LA Cancer Challenge

LocationIndicator

Los Angeles, California

Participants

5k

FilledTicket$25 – $45
Booking perksFlat road
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Hidden World 5k & 10k
Booked 3 times this week

Sunday, Oct 23, 2022

Hidden World 5k & 10k

LocationIndicator

Los Angeles, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicket$5 – $65
Booking perksRoad
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Moonlight Beach Fun Run
Booked 2 times this week

Sunday, Oct 23, 2022

Moonlight Beach Fun Run

LocationIndicator

Encinitas, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicket$50 – $69
Booking perksGreat sceneryBeach
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Finish The Ride & Finish The Run Halloween

Sunday, Oct 30, 2022

Finish The Ride & Finish The Run Halloween

LocationIndicator

Santa Clarita, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicket$30 – $85
Booking perksFlat road
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Finish the Ride & Finish the Run Santa Clarita

Sunday, Oct 30, 2022

Finish the Ride & Finish the Run Santa Clarita

LocationIndicator

Santa Clarita, California

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon, medium (50–100km)

FilledTicket$30 – $85
Booking perksFlat
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Seal Beach Turkey Trot

Saturday, Nov 19, 2022

Seal Beach Turkey Trot

LocationIndicator

Seal Beach, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicket$10 – $35
Booking perksFlat beach
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Oakland Turkey Trot
Booked 3 times this week

Thursday, Nov 24, 2022

Oakland Turkey Trot

LocationIndicator

Oakland, California

Participants

5k

FilledTicket$19 – $54
Booking perksRoad
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Thanksgiving Day 5k - Simi Valley

Thursday, Nov 24, 2022

Thanksgiving Day 5k - Simi Valley

LocationIndicator

Simi Valley, California

Participants

5k

FilledTicket$46.50 – $50
Booking perksRoad
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Encinitas Turkey Trot
Booked 9 times this week

Thursday, Nov 24, 2022

Encinitas Turkey Trot

LocationIndicator

Encinitas, California

Participants

10k, 5k

Star5

(3 reviews)

FilledTicket$56 – $69
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat road
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Thanksgiving 5k Santa Clarita

Saturday, Nov 26, 2022

Thanksgiving 5k Santa Clarita

LocationIndicator

Santa Clarita, California

Participants

5k

FilledTicket$50 – $186
Booking perksFlat road
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Run Laughlin Half Marathon, 5k & 12k

Saturday, Dec 3, 2022

Run Laughlin Half Marathon, 5k & 12k

LocationIndicator

Laughlin, Nevada

Participants

half marathon, 5k

Star5

(14 reviews)

FilledTicket$40 – $320
Booking perksGreat atmosphereHilly road
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Holiday Running Festival
Booked 1 time this week

Saturday, Dec 10, 2022

Holiday Running Festival

LocationIndicator

Pomona, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicket$30 – $109
Booking perksGreat sceneryFlat road
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Holly Jolly Half Marathon, 10k & 5k
Booked 2 times this week

Sunday, Dec 18, 2022

Holly Jolly Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

LocationIndicator

Camarillo, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star5

(5 reviews)

FilledTicket$55 – $110
Booking perksGreat atmosphereRoad
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Sombrero Half Marathon, 5k & 10k

Sunday, Jan 29, 2023

Sombrero Half Marathon, 5k & 10k

LocationIndicator

Simi Valley, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star4.5

(2 reviews)

FilledTicket$55 – $110
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat road
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California Seaside Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k - 2023
Booked 12 times this week

Sunday, Feb 19, 2023

California Seaside Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k - 2023

LocationIndicator

Ventura, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicket$45 – $130
Booking perksGreat sceneryRoad
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Silver Moon Race - Paso Robles

Saturday, Mar 4, 2023

Silver Moon Race - Paso Robles

LocationIndicator

Paso Robles, California

Participants

10k, 5k

FilledTicket$60 – $180
Booking perksTrail
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Moonlight Beach Half Marathon

Sunday, Mar 19, 2023

Moonlight Beach Half Marathon

LocationIndicator

Encinitas, California

Participants

half marathon, 5k, 10k

FilledTicket$56 – $99
Booking perksFlat road
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Sugar Daddy Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

Saturday, Jun 17, 2023

Sugar Daddy Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

LocationIndicator

Santa Clarita, California

Participants

half marathon, 5k, 10k

Star4.5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket$30 – $115
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat road
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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. 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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