5k Runs in California
- Rock ‘n’ Roll -San Francisco5APR
Rock ‘n’ Roll -San FranciscoRunning ‧ San Francisco13.1 mi • 3.1 mi
- PPIE Pleasanton Run for Education19APR
PPIE Pleasanton Run for EducationRunning ‧ Pleasanton9.3 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.2 mi$35 – $55
- San Diego Beach & Bay Half Marathon, 5K & 10K18APR
San Diego Beach & Bay Half Marathon, 5K & 10KRunning ‧ San Diego13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$25 – $125(4)
- YMCA Presidio Trail Run26APR
YMCA Presidio Trail RunRunning ‧ San Francisco6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.5 mi$15 – $65
- Levi’s Presidio 1019APR
Levi’s Presidio 10Running ‧ San Francisco10.0 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Go Green Saint Patricks Day Run26APR
Go Green Saint Patricks Day RunRunning ‧ Santa Cruz6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.6 mi$25 – $45
- Mary Jane 5K & Mile19APR
Mary Jane 5K & Mile5k ‧ Santa Barbara3.1 mi • 1.0 mi$35 – $50
- Havasu Half Marathon & 5K4APR
Havasu Half Marathon & 5KRunning ‧ Lake Havasu City13.1 mi • 3.1 mi
- Fremont Guardians Unite 5k25APR
Fremont Guardians Unite 5k5k ‧ Fremont3.1 mi$20 – $40
- Foster 5K26APR
Foster 5K5k ‧ Sunnyvale3.1 mi$40
- Jim Tracy 5K to Defeat ALS26APR
Jim Tracy 5K to Defeat ALS5k ‧ San Francisco3.1 mi$45(9)
- The Sasquatch Scramble Half, 10K, & 5K5APR
The Sasquatch Scramble Half, 10K, & 5KRunning ‧ Oakland13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Great Race for Saving Water & Earth Day Festival25APR
Great Race for Saving Water & Earth Day FestivalRunning ‧ Palo Alto6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.3 mi$5 – $35
- MVFD Fire Drill Run4APR
MVFD Fire Drill RunRunning ‧ Mountain View6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.6 mi
- Arts Run Santa Clarita25APR
Arts Run Santa ClaritaRunning ‧ Santa Clarita6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Ramblas Run4APR
Ramblas RunRunning ‧ San Juan Capistrano13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Western Pacific Marathon, 10K & 5K25APR
Western Pacific Marathon, 10K & 5KRunning ‧ Fremont26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$45 – $98
- Sacramento Zoo Zoom19APR
Sacramento Zoo ZoomRunning ‧ Sacramento6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Fog City Run8APR
Fog City Run5k ‧ San Francisco3.1 mi
- Polio Purple Pinkie Trail Run18APR
Polio Purple Pinkie Trail RunRunning ‧ Reno6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Youth Mentoring Connection Presents Miles Of Music 5 K5APR
Youth Mentoring Connection Presents Miles Of Music 5 K5k ‧ Los Angeles3.1 mi
- Marin County Half Marathon26APR
Marin County Half MarathonRunning ‧ San Rafael13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Chardonnay Run Santa Barbara11APR
Chardonnay Run Santa BarbaraRunning ‧ Santa Barbara10.0 mi • 3.1 mi
- Run Your Tail Off 5K/10K11APR
Run Your Tail Off 5K/10KRunning ‧ Orland6.2 mi • 3.1 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.