5k Runs in California
- Reaching for the Cure Half Marathon, 10K, 5K22MAR
Reaching for the Cure Half Marathon, 10K, 5KRunning ‧ Irvine13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.6 mi
- Newport-Mesa Spirit Run Mile1MAR
Newport-Mesa Spirit Run MileRunning ‧ Newport Beach9.3 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.0 mi
- The Fresno Donut Run22MAR
The Fresno Donut Run5k ‧ Fresno3.1 mi(1)
- Awesome 80s San Diego – 5K & 10K29MAR
Awesome 80s San Diego – 5K & 10KRunning ‧ San Diego5.0 mi • 3.1 mi
- Zoom St. Patrick's Day Run15MAR
Zoom St. Patrick's Day RunRunning ‧ Fremont13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.0 mi
- Lakewood Run7MAR
Lakewood RunRunning ‧ Lakewood6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.6 mi
- Modesto Marathon29MAR
Modesto MarathonRunning ‧ Modesto26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Encinitas Half Marathon & 5K29MAR
Encinitas Half Marathon & 5KRunning ‧ Encinitas13.1 mi • 3.1 mi
- Play It Forward 5K & Fun Run21MAR
Play It Forward 5K & Fun RunMulti-Sport ‧ Los Angeles3.1 mi • 1.9 mi • 0.6 mi
- Zoom San Francisco21MAR
Zoom San FranciscoRunning ‧ San Francisco13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- 5K for Venezuela - California15MAR
5K for Venezuela - California5k ‧ Los Gatos3.1 mi
- Jig & Jog 5K & 10K15MAR
Jig & Jog 5K & 10KRunning ‧ San Mateo6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.0 mi • 0.2 mi
- Catalina Island Marathon, 10K, 5K & Kids Run14MAR
Catalina Island Marathon, 10K, 5K & Kids RunRunning ‧ Los Angeles County26.2 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.0 mi(1)
- Las Vegas St Patrick's Day Run14MAR
Las Vegas St Patrick's Day RunRunning ‧ Boulder City13.1 mi • 7.5 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.0 mi
- San Francisco Bay Double 15K, Marina 10K and UjENA Fit Club 5K Run/Walk8MAR
San Francisco Bay Double 15K, Marina 10K and UjENA Fit Club 5K Run/WalkRunning ‧ Brisbane9.3 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi(1)
- Pasadena Triathlon7MAR
Pasadena TriathlonMulti-Sport ‧ Pasadena3.1 mi(4)
- End of The Trail Half Marathon & 10K1MAR
End of The Trail Half Marathon & 10KRunning ‧ Visalia13.1 mi • 6.2 mi(2)
- Angalls & Demens 5K/10K Trail Run28MAR
Angalls & Demens 5K/10K Trail RunRunning ‧ Rancho Cucamonga6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Cottontail Half Marathon22MAR
Cottontail Half MarathonRunning ‧ Los Angeles13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- City Beer Runs - Bare Bottle Brewing8MAR
City Beer Runs - Bare Bottle BrewingRunning ‧ San Francisco6.2 mi • 3.1 mi(3)
- Santa Cruz Half Marathon1MAR
Santa Cruz Half MarathonRunning ‧ Santa Cruz13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi(1)
- Coast to Crest 10k and 5k7MAR
Coast to Crest 10k and 5kRunning ‧ San Diego6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Elevate 5k & 10k at First Baptist Church7MAR
Elevate 5k & 10k at First Baptist ChurchRunning ‧ Santa Maria6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Centanni-Cottle Memorial 5K29MAR
Centanni-Cottle Memorial 5K5k ‧ Yorba Linda3.1 mi
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.