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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.

390 events found
Shoreline Marathon
Booked 55 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
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat
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Long Beach Classic Half & 5k
Booked 23 times this week

Sunday, Aug 14, 2022

Long Beach Classic Half & 5k

LocationIndicator

Long Beach, California

Participants

half marathon, 5k

FilledTicket$35 – $235
Booking perksFlat road
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Goleta Beach
Booked 2 times this week

Sunday, Jun 12, 2022

Goleta Beach

LocationIndicator

Goleta, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicket$35 – $186
Booking perksFlat road
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Mary Jane 5k - Long Beach
Booked 4 times this week

Sunday, Aug 14, 2022

Mary Jane 5k - Long Beach

LocationIndicator

Long Beach, California

Participants

5k

FilledTicket$35 – $186
Booking perksFlat road
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Oaktown Half Marathon, 5k & Stomper's Stomp
Booked 4 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 – $183
Booking perksGreat atmosphereRoad
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Oakland Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov 24, 2022

Oakland Turkey Trot

LocationIndicator

Oakland, California

Participants

5k

FilledTicket$20.22 – $39
Booking perksRoad
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Encinitas Turkey Trot
Booked 2 times this week

Thursday, Nov 24, 2022

Encinitas Turkey Trot

LocationIndicator

Encinitas, California

Participants

10k, 5k

Star5

(3 reviews)

FilledTicket$54 – $69
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat road
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Irvine Half Marathon

Saturday, Jan 7, 2023

Irvine Half Marathon

LocationIndicator

Irvine, California

Participants

half marathon, 5k

Star4.5

(4 reviews)

FilledTicket$59 – $139
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat road
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Hiller Aviation Museum - Airport Runway Run
Booked 2 times this week

Sunday, Jun 5, 2022

Hiller Aviation Museum - Airport Runway Run

LocationIndicator

San Carlos, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicket$24 – $69
Booking perksFlat road
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Alameda 10 Miler
Booked 1 time this week

Saturday, Aug 27, 2022

Alameda 10 Miler

LocationIndicator

Alameda, California

Participants

10 miles, half marathon, 5k, 10k

Star5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket$70 – $115
Booking perksGreat atmosphere
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Cancer Warriors Run/Walk - Benefiting Angels of Las Vegas

Saturday, Oct 15, 2022

Cancer Warriors Run/Walk - Benefiting Angels of Las Vegas

LocationIndicator

Las Vegas, Nevada

Participants

5k

FilledTicket$10 – $40
Booking perksRoad
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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$59 – $173
Booking perksGreat sceneryTrail
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Seal Beach Turkey Trot
Booked 1 time this week

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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Run Laughlin Half Marathon, 5k & 12k
Booked 1 time this week

Saturday, Dec 3, 2022

Run Laughlin Half Marathon, 5k & 12k

LocationIndicator

Laughlin, Nevada

Participants

half marathon, 5k

Star5

(14 reviews)

FilledTicket$35 – $272
Booking perksGreat atmosphereHilly road
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Holiday Running Festival

Saturday, Dec 10, 2022

Holiday Running Festival

LocationIndicator

Pomona, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicket$30 – $109
Booking perksGreat sceneryFlat road
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Truckee Running Festival
Booked 8 times this week

Saturday, Jun 4, 2022

Truckee Running Festival

LocationIndicator

Truckee, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicket$15 – $90
Booking perksFlat trail
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Great American Race

Monday, Jul 4, 2022

Great American Race

LocationIndicator

Visalia, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicket$35 – $50
Booking perksFlat trail
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Run To The Beach Lake Tahoe
Booked 4 times this week

Monday, Jul 4, 2022

Run To The Beach Lake Tahoe

LocationIndicator

Tahoe Vista, California

Participants

10k, 5k

FilledTicket$45 – $55
Booking perksGreat sceneryHilly trail
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Camarillo Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k
Booked 14 times this week

Sunday, Aug 7, 2022

Camarillo Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

LocationIndicator

Camarillo, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket$35 – $140
Booking perksGreat atmosphereRoad
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Bra Run Los Angeles

Sunday, Aug 28, 2022

Bra Run Los Angeles

LocationIndicator

Los Angeles, California

Participants

5k

FilledTicket$8.50 – $55
Booking perksTrail
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Changing The World 5k

Sunday, Sep 18, 2022

Changing The World 5k

LocationIndicator

Camarillo, California

Participants

5k

FilledTicket$50
Booking perksFlat trail
HeartOutline
The Honey Badger Half, 10k & 5k

Sunday, Sep 25, 2022

The Honey Badger Half, 10k & 5k

LocationIndicator

Santa Venetia, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket$35 – $85
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat trail
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Jeepers Creepers Run
Booked 1 time this week

Sunday, Oct 16, 2022

Jeepers Creepers Run

LocationIndicator

Santa Clarita, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicket$35 – $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$70 – $165
Booking perksGreat atmosphereTrail
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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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