5k Runs in California
- Pasadena Half Marathon & 5K19JAN
Pasadena Half Marathon & 5KRunning ‧ Pasadena13.1 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.2 mi$15(2)
- SB 5K Schlep12JAN
SB 5K Schlep5k ‧ Santa Barbara3.1 mi$36
- San Diego Resolution Run 5k, 10k & Half Marathon11JAN
San Diego Resolution Run 5k, 10k & Half MarathonRunning ‧ San Diego13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$25 - $110(4)
- Irvine Half Marathon11JAN
Irvine Half MarathonRunning ‧ Irvine8.1 mi • 3.1 mi$44 - $140(4)
- Coyote Point 5K25JAN
Coyote Point 5K5k ‧ San Mateo3.1 mi$45
- Sombrero Half Marathon, 5K & 10K26JAN
Sombrero Half Marathon, 5K & 10KRunning ‧ Simi Valley13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$45 - $95
- Pirate 5K Booty Run25JAN
Pirate 5K Booty Run5k ‧ Fresno3.1 mi(1)
- Southern California Half Marathon & 5K11JAN
Southern California Half Marathon & 5KRunning ‧ Irvine13.1 mi • 3.1 mi
- Hot Chocolate 15k/5k – San Francisco12JAN
Hot Chocolate 15k/5k – San Francisco5k ‧ San Francisco9.3 mi • 3.1 mi$42(1)
- Fog City Run29JAN
Fog City Run5k ‧ San Francisco3.1 mi
- Fog City Run1JAN
Fog City Run5k ‧ San Francisco3.1 mi
- Rally In The Valley17JAN
Rally In The ValleyRunning ‧ Moapa Valley13.1 mi • 8.3 mi • 3.1 mi
- Dam Run18JAN
Dam RunRunning ‧ Orinda6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Resolution Run25JAN
Resolution Run5k ‧ Temecula3.1 mi • 1.0 mi
- Rotary Mission Ten25JAN
Rotary Mission TenRunning ‧ San Juan Bautista13.1 mi • 10.0 mi • 3.1 mi
- Southern California Half Marathon11JAN
Southern California Half MarathonRunning ‧ Irvine13.1 mi • 3.1 mi
- Redding Marathon19JAN
Redding Marathon5k ‧ Redding26.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Rio Bravo Rumble18JAN
Rio Bravo RumbleRunning ‧ Bakersfield13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Beach Bash11JAN
Beach BashRunning ‧ Long Beach26.2 mi • 19.6 mi • 13.1 mi • 9.3 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Rock Into January5JAN
Rock Into JanuaryRunning ‧ Long Beach26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 9.3 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- The Rotary Club of Brentwood - New Year's Day 5k Run/Walk1JAN
The Rotary Club of Brentwood - New Year's Day 5k Run/Walk5k ‧ Brentwood3.1 mi$45
- Sycamore Island 5k & 10k Run/Walk26JAN
Sycamore Island 5k & 10k Run/WalkRunning ‧ Madera6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Palm Springs Health Run25JAN
Palm Springs Health RunRunning ‧ Palm Springs6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.0 mi
- LMJS Fourth Sunday Race – January26JAN
LMJS Fourth Sunday Race – JanuaryRunning ‧ Oakland9.3 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi(2)
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.