5k Runs in California

5k events are hugely popular and easily accessible, especially with the variety that Cali has on offer. From people aiming to raise money for charity or smash a personal best, there is a race for everyone. Our personal favourite is the Carlsbad 5000, which is a super fast, record-breaking course with a big atmosphere, and treats racers to a well-earned craft beer at the finish line.
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  • JUL26
    The San Francisco Marathon
    San Francisco, CA, United States

    The San Francisco Marathon is proud to present its 43rd running on July 26th, 2019. 26,000 runners and over 80,000 spectators will fill the city on race...

    $49 - $409
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Ultramarathon
    • 5k
    • Half Marathon
  • MAY3
    SDCCU OC Marathon
    Newport Beach, CA, United States

    A gorgeous, scenic course that unfolds through the Southern California coastal communities of Newport Beach and Costa Mesa awaits at the OC Marathon, Half...

    $15 - $125
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 5k
  • FEB2
    Surf City Marathon and Half Marathon
    Huntington Beach, CA, United States

    We cant wait for you to join us in beautiful Surf City, USA! This award-winning course is considered one of the best courses in the country and is well...

    $21 - $119.95
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 5k
  • OCT13
    JetBlue Long Beach Marathon & Half Marathon
    Long Beach, CA, United States

    Celebrate 35 years with the JetBlue Long Beach Marathon. Experience your Fall race course that combines spectacular oceanfront views, charming seaside...

    $41 - $149.95
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 5k
    • Road Cycling
  • NOV28
    Turkey Trot Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA, United States

    L.As largest Turkey Trot returns! Join friends and family for this Thanksgiving tradition benefiting a great cause. Join thousands of runners and walkers...

    $15 - $45
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • NOV9
    Monterey Bay Half Events
    Monterey, CA, United States

    The Half Marathon course is in Monterey and Pacific Grove, with most of it next to the beautiful Monterey Bay. It is organized by the Big Sur Marathon...

    $25
    • Running
    • 5k
    • Half Marathon
  • DEC8
    California International Marathon
    Sacramento, CA, United States

    Not yet ready for the full 26.2-mile marathon distance but still want to take part in the CIM fun? Round up some friends and for a team for the CIM Relay!...

    $39 - $275
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • 5k
  • DEC15
    Holiday Half Marathon & 5K Ugly Sweater Run
    Pomona, CA, United States

    From snow falling at the start line, to huge holiday character inflatables, holiday carolers, and festive participant shirts this event has everything you...

    $36 - $116
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 5k
  • APR18
    San Diego Beach & Bay Half Marathon, 5K & 10K
    San Diego, CA, United States

    Run through some of San Diegos most beautiful beaches, bays and resorts, with this fast, flat and scenic half marathon, 5k and 10k. Stick around because the...

    $25 - $125
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • NOV28
    Oakland Turkey Trot
    Oakland, CA, United States

    More than just a healthy start to the holiday, the Oakland Turkey Trot 5K is a fun way to give back while you give thanks!

    In partnership with the...

    $20 - $75
    • Running
    • 5k
  • NOV28
    Encinitas Turkey Trot
    Encinitas, CA, United States

    NOTE: Use the code LDT10% at checkout to get 10% off your entry fee.

    If you have never walked or run along the Pacific Coast in Encinitas in late...

    Free - $58
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • NOV2
    Kaiser Permanente Thrive Half Marathon & 5K
    San Diego, CA, United States

    The Kaiser Permanente Thrive Half Marathon and 5K benefiting Make-A-Wish San Diego encourages the community to Thrive! We can do this together by staying...

    $25 - $105
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 5k
  • SEP22
    SF Aloha Run
    San Francisco, CA, United States

    An Event for Runners of All Levels

    With a spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge, runners/walkers of all abilities will enjoy the incredible...

    $15 - $65
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • OCT26
    Carrera de los Muertos – Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA, United States

    Carrera de los Muertos is a vibrant 5k run that honors Day of the Dead. Join family and friends to remember loved ones that have passed in this rich...

    $25 - $50
    • Running
    • 5k
  • DEC8
    Lexus LaceUp Running Series – Riverside
    Riverside, CA, United States

    Throw on your Christmas outfits and join hundreds of other cheery runners as you pound the pavements of Riverside this December. This scenic course will be...

    $20 - $80
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 5k
  • NOV3
    Two Cities Marathon & Half
    Fresno, CA, United States


    Join us at one of the Valley's most popular marathon and half races! You'll be joined by live music as you run through beautiful Clovis, and...

    $35 - $105
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 5k
  • NOV16
    Lexus LaceUp Running Series – Palos Verdes
    Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, United States

    This is the most scenic half marathon in southern California and certainly one to add to your bucket list. This event began as a marathon in the 60s and...

    $45 - $85
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • OCT27
    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...

    $20 - $90
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 5k
  • OCT12
    Dead at Night
    Exeter, CA, United States

    Can you survive the zombies? Are you ready to take your chances among the undead at the Kaweah Oaks Preserve? This Haunting trail will take you through a...

    $15 - $25
    • Running
    • 5k
  • OCT19
    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...

    $1 - $14
    • Running
    • 5k
  • NOV10
    Surfers Point Marathon, Half, 10k & 5k
    Ventura, CA, United States

    Start and finish in Ventura's beautiful Promenade Park. The Surfers Point Marathon is an excellent opportunity to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Each...

    $45 - $130
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • DEC7
    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...

    $45 - $110
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • SEP21
    Surf City 10 Sundown
    Huntington Beach, CA, United States

    Join us for an unparalleled experience as we flip the script and bring the party to Surf City, USA beginning at 6:30 p.m. right at the Huntington Beach...

    $46 - $66
    • Running
    • 10 Miles
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • SEP21
    Homeboy 5K
    Los Angeles, CA, United States

    Join thousands of people coming together to support Homeboy Industries at the Annual Homeboy 5K. You can expect a morning filled with fun, music and...

    $20 - $50
    • Running
    • 5k
  • NOV3
    Carrera De Los Muertos San Diego
    San Diego, CA, United States

    Carrera de los Muertos San Diego is a festive and fun 5k & 10k run that will start and finish Embarcadero Park South in downtown San Diego.

    Enjoy...

    $25 - $50
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • SEP29
    Marina 10K, UjENA 5K and Double 15K
    Brisbane, CA, United States

    Want to run a flat and fast course on the San Francisco Bay Trail (all paved and wide) which is just ten minutes north of the San Francisco International...

    $40
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • OCT20
    Temecula Half Marathon & 5K
    Temecula, CA, United States

    Temecula Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk has something for everyone - runners, walkers, families, and wine lovers will all enjoy a day in gorgeous SoCal...

    $44 - $140
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 5k
  • OCT27
    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...

    $30 - $80
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • NOV28
    Thanksgiving Day 5k – Simi Valley, CA
    Simi Valley, CA, United States

    This course is mostly flat along with some mild rollers, which are mid way through your run. There are some long stretches to allow you to really open up...

    $35 - $110
    • Running
    • 5k
  • FEB16
    Seaside Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k
    Ventura, CA, United States

    Welcome to the annual running of this all flat Ventura beachfront course

    Choose from Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k and 5k distance!

    This is also...

    $45 - $130
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • DEC22
    Santa Hustle Roseville
    Roseville, CA, United States

    Its the MOST wonderful time of the year! So, find that Christmas spirit and join us on Sunday, December 22, 2019 at Vernon Street Town Square for the Santa...

    $10 - $69.75
    • Running
    • 5k
    • Half Marathon
  • NOV3
    Golden Gate Half Marathon
    San Francisco, CA, United States

    The Golden Gate Half is more than just a 13.1-mile run through San Francisco. Rather, it is a spectacular journey through this stunning City by the Bay. The...

    $46 - $121
    • Running
    • 5k
    • Half Marathon
  • FEB9
    New Balance Palm Desert Half Marathon & 5k
    Palm Desert, CA, United States

    The Palm Desert Marathon & 5k is the oldest marathon in the Coachella Valley. The race starts and ends in beautiful Civic Center...

    $14 - $110
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 5k
  • SEP22
    Harvest Half Marathon 5k,10k
    Los Angeles, CA, United States

    Welcome to the annual Harvest half marathon 10k 5k. All flat two loop course along the Woodley Park bike path.

    Elite Sports California are recognised...

    $35 - $95
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • SEP28
    Double Peak Challenge 10k, 5K & Fun Run
    San Marcos, CA, United States

    Double Peak Challenge is a celebration of outdoor recreation like no other. Where trail runners will experience unparalleled beauty from atop North Countys...

    Free - $50
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • JAN11
    San Diego Resolution Run 5k, 10k & Half Marathon
    San Diego, CA, United States

    Walk, run, skip, crawl, we don't care! Whether this is your first race or you're a trained running professional, there's something for...

    $25 - $110
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • OCT20
    Napa Valley Harvest Half Marathon
    Calistoga, CA, United States

    There's no better place to experience autumn than the Napa Valley.This exciting road race starts and finishes at the Calistoga Beverage Company (865...

    $10 - $100
    • Running
    • 5k
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
  • NOV22
    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...

    $5 - $42
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • NOV30
    Quarry Turkey
    Fremont, CA, United States

    The rarely seen Quarry Turkey will make his appearance two days after the big feast, fueled-up and ready to take on all the little turkeys! Come start a new...

    $40 - $79
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • DEC14
    Christmas Double 15K Challenge
    Palo Alto, CA, United States

    "Double Racing, Double for short, is a sport consisting of two-stage running events. Participants first run the longer stage, take a halftime break...

    $15 - $49
    • Running
    • 5k
    • 10k
  • OCT13
    Jeepers Creepers Run
    Ventura, CA, United States

    Welcome to Jeepers Creepers Run! Join us for an exciting event day & spectacular races where you will be running along the mostly flat Ventura / Ojai...

    $35 - $100
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • JAN26
    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...

    $45 - $95
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • MAR22
    The Fresno Donut Run
    Fresno, CA, United States

    Join us on Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 for a fun Donut Themed 5k run/walk at Woodward Park! Not only will runners be treated to the best Donuts after the race...

    $20 - $40
    • Running
    • 5k
  • NOV2
    Catalina Island Triathlon, Duathlon & 5k
    Avalon, CA, United States

    Swim it. Bike it. Run it. Tri it!

    Experience the beauty of Catalina Island and the City of Avalon with the perfect end of the season triathlon. Come...

    $32 - $175
    • Triathlon
    • Sprint
    • Duathlon
    • Running
    • 5k
  • DEC1
    Holly Jolly Half Marathon, 10k & 5k
    Camarillo, CA, United States

    Welcome to the 9th annual running o f the Holly Jolly Half marathon 5k...

    $35 - $95
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • DEC1
    Run Wild - San Francisco
    San Francisco, CA, United States

    Calling all runners, walker dashers, dancers and prancers, join A Runners Mind for Run Wild San(ta) Francisco, SFs local and original Santa hat run at...

    $5 - $37
    • Running
    • 5k
  • SEP28
    West Coast 5k SCADaddle for Research
    San Diego, CA, United States

    Join us at our 5th annual run/walk to raise money for much needed research on the #1 cause of heart attacks in women under age 50, pregnant women and new...

    $15 - $30
    • Running
    • 5k
  • DEC7
    T9 Mermaid Run Woodside
    Woodside, CA, United States

    Stay in shape and get a little muddy this winter as we head for the rolling hills and single track trails in San Mateo County. Join us for a fun...

    $15 - $65
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
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More California 5k Runs

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.