CloseSelect distance
5k10kHalf MarathonUltramarathonMarathon10 Miles
CloseSelect date
Select a date range
October 2022
November 2022
December 2022
January 2023
CloseSelect location
Perks of booking with Let’s Do This
Tick
Best price guarantee
Running Events5k RunsCalifornia

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.

171 events found
La Jolla Coastal 5k Running Tour - December 8th

Thursday, 8 Dec 2022

La Jolla Coastal 5k Running Tour - December 8th

LocationIndicator

San Diego, California

Participants

5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Great sceneryRoad
Heart
Jingle Bell Run for Toys for Tots

Saturday, 10 Dec 2022

Jingle Bell Run for Toys for Tots

LocationIndicator

Fresno, California

Participants

5k

Star4.5

(3 reviews)

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Great atmosphereRoad
Heart
Santa To The Sea Half Marathon & 5k

Saturday, 10 Dec 2022

Santa To The Sea Half Marathon & 5k

LocationIndicator

Oxnard, California

Participants

half marathon, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Road
Heart
Kiwanis Resolution Run 5K and 10K

Saturday, 10 Dec 2022

Kiwanis Resolution Run 5K and 10K

LocationIndicator

Mountain View, California

Participants

10k, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Flat trail
Heart
Summit Rock Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Saturday, 10 Dec 2022

Summit Rock Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

LocationIndicator

Saratoga, California

Participants

10k, 5k, half marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Flat trail
Heart
The Hoover Dam Marathon

Saturday, 10 Dec 2022

The Hoover Dam Marathon

LocationIndicator

Boulder City, Nevada

Participants

10k, half marathon, 5k, marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Heart
Margaritaville Palm Springs 5k

Saturday, 10 Dec 2022

Margaritaville Palm Springs 5k

LocationIndicator

Palm Springs, California

Participants

5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Great sceneryRoad
Heart
La Jolla Coastal 5k Running Tour - December 10th

Saturday, 10 Dec 2022

La Jolla Coastal 5k Running Tour - December 10th

LocationIndicator

San Diego, California

Participants

5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Great sceneryRoad
Heart
Santa Claus For A Cause 5k & 10k

Sunday, 11 Dec 2022

Santa Claus For A Cause 5k & 10k

LocationIndicator

Huntington Beach, California

Participants

10k, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Road
Heart
San Diego Santa Run

Sunday, 11 Dec 2022

San Diego Santa Run

LocationIndicator

San Diego, California

Participants

5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Flat road
Heart
Santa Hustle - Roseville

Sunday, 11 Dec 2022

Santa Hustle - Roseville

LocationIndicator

Roseville, California

Participants

half marathon, 5k

FilledTicket$10 – $69.99
Flat road
Heart
Tinsel Triathlon & 5k

Sunday, 11 Dec 2022

Tinsel Triathlon & 5k

LocationIndicator

Hemet, California

Participants

5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Heart
Lopers Club Holiday Classic Half Marathon, 5k & Elves' Trot

Sunday, 11 Dec 2022

Lopers Club Holiday Classic Half Marathon, 5k & Elves' Trot

LocationIndicator

Loma Linda, California

Participants

half marathon, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Flat road
Heart
HB Resolution Run, 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run

Sunday, 11 Dec 2022

HB Resolution Run, 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run

LocationIndicator

Huntington Beach, California

Participants

5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Trail
Heart
Santa Hustle Roseville

Sunday, 11 Dec 2022

Santa Hustle Roseville

LocationIndicator

Roseville, California

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Flat road
Heart
NBVC 2022 Reindeer Dash 5k

Thursday, 15 Dec 2022

NBVC 2022 Reindeer Dash 5k

LocationIndicator

Port Hueneme, California

Participants

5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Flat road
Heart
NBVC Reindeer Dash 5k

Thursday, 15 Dec 2022

NBVC Reindeer Dash 5k

LocationIndicator

Port Hueneme, California

Participants

5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Heart
La Jolla Coastal 5k Running Tour - December 15th

Thursday, 15 Dec 2022

La Jolla Coastal 5k Running Tour - December 15th

LocationIndicator

San Diego, California

Participants

5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Great sceneryFlat road
Heart
ROOT (Running Out Of Time) 24hr, 12hr & 5k

Saturday, 17 Dec 2022

ROOT (Running Out Of Time) 24hr, 12hr & 5k

LocationIndicator

San Diego, California

Participants

5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Flat road
Heart
La Jolla Coastal 5k Running Tour - December 17th

Saturday, 17 Dec 2022

La Jolla Coastal 5k Running Tour - December 17th

LocationIndicator

San Diego, California

Participants

5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Great sceneryFlat road
Heart
Bakersfield Jingle Bell Run for Toys for Tots

Saturday, 17 Dec 2022

Bakersfield Jingle Bell Run for Toys for Tots

LocationIndicator

Bakersfield, California

Participants

5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Flat trail
Heart
Christmas Palo Alto Double 15k, 10k, 5k & Bob Anderson's Kids Mile

Saturday, 17 Dec 2022

Christmas Palo Alto Double 15k, 10k, 5k & Bob Anderson's Kids Mile

LocationIndicator

Palo Alto, California

Participants

10k, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Road
Heart
Walnut Creek Youth & 5k Series 2022 - December

Sunday, 18 Dec 2022

Walnut Creek Youth & 5k Series 2022 - December

LocationIndicator

Walnut Creek, California

Participants

5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Trail
Heart
La Jolla Coastal 5k Running Tour - December 22nd

Thursday, 22 Dec 2022

La Jolla Coastal 5k Running Tour - December 22nd

LocationIndicator

San Diego, California

Participants

5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Great sceneryRoad
Heart
Showing 25 - 48 of 171 events

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.

© Let's Do This 2022
image
🇺🇸