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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.

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La Jolla Coastal 5k Running Tour - December 24th

Saturday, 24 Dec 2022

La Jolla Coastal 5k Running Tour - December 24th

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San Diego, California

Participants

5k

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Placerville’s Holiday Jingle & Mingle Run

Saturday, 24 Dec 2022

Placerville’s Holiday Jingle & Mingle Run

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Placerville, California

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon

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La Jolla Coastal 5k Running Tour - December 29th

Thursday, 29 Dec 2022

La Jolla Coastal 5k Running Tour - December 29th

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San Diego, California

Participants

5k

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Run In The New Year 5k, 10k & Half Marathon

Saturday, 31 Dec 2022

Run In The New Year 5k, 10k & Half Marathon

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Huntington Beach, California

Participants

5k, half marathon, 10k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Resolution Run

Saturday, 31 Dec 2022

Resolution Run

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Las Vegas, Nevada

Participants

10k, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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La Jolla Coastal 5k Running Tour - December 31st

Saturday, 31 Dec 2022

La Jolla Coastal 5k Running Tour - December 31st

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San Diego, California

Participants

5k

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Brazen New Year's Eve Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Saturday, 31 Dec 2022

Brazen New Year's Eve Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

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Castro Valley, California

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Brazen New Year's Day Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Sunday, 1 Jan 2023

Brazen New Year's Day Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

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Castro Valley, California

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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La Jolla Coastal 5k Running Tour - January 5th

Thursday, 5 Jan 2023

La Jolla Coastal 5k Running Tour - January 5th

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San Diego, California

Participants

5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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La Jolla Coastal 5k Running Tour - January 7th

Saturday, 7 Jan 2023

La Jolla Coastal 5k Running Tour - January 7th

LocationIndicator

San Diego, California

Participants

5k

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Hacienda Hills Run (Winter)

Saturday, 7 Jan 2023

Hacienda Hills Run (Winter)

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San Jose, California

Participants

5k, 10k, marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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The New Year’s Duathlon & 5k Run/Walk

Saturday, 7 Jan 2023

The New Year’s Duathlon & 5k Run/Walk

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Granite Bay, California

Participants

5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Hot Chocolate 5k, 10k & 15k - San Francisco

Sunday, 8 Jan 2023

Hot Chocolate 5k, 10k & 15k - San Francisco

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San Francisco, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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The Running Chicken 10k/5k Fun Run & Walk

Sunday, 8 Jan 2023

The Running Chicken 10k/5k Fun Run & Walk

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San Luis Obispo County, California

Participants

10k, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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La Jolla Coastal 5k Running Tour - January 12th

Thursday, 12 Jan 2023

La Jolla Coastal 5k Running Tour - January 12th

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San Diego, California

Participants

5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Lake Mead Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Saturday, 14 Jan 2023

Lake Mead Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

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Boulder City, Nevada

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k, marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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La Jolla Coastal 5k Running Tour - January 14th

Saturday, 14 Jan 2023

La Jolla Coastal 5k Running Tour - January 14th

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San Diego, California

Participants

5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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San Diego Resolution Run 5k, 10k, & Half Marathon

Saturday, 14 Jan 2023

San Diego Resolution Run 5k, 10k, & Half Marathon

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San Diego, California

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Rio Bravo Rumble

Saturday, 14 Jan 2023

Rio Bravo Rumble

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Bakersfield, California

Participants

10k, 5k, half marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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IPA Beer Trail Runs

Saturday, 14 Jan 2023

IPA Beer Trail Runs

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Granite Bay, California

Participants

5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Carlsbad Marathon, Half Marathon, 5k and Double Down Challenge

Sunday, 15 Jan 2023

Carlsbad Marathon, Half Marathon, 5k and Double Down Challenge

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Carlsbad, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 5k

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Rose Bowl Half Marathon & 5k

Sunday, 15 Jan 2023

Rose Bowl Half Marathon & 5k

LocationIndicator

Pasadena, California

Participants

half marathon, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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La Jolla Coastal 5k Running Tour - January 19th

Thursday, 19 Jan 2023

La Jolla Coastal 5k Running Tour - January 19th

LocationIndicator

San Diego, California

Participants

5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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La Jolla Coastal 5k Running Tour - January 21st

Saturday, 21 Jan 2023

La Jolla Coastal 5k Running Tour - January 21st

LocationIndicator

San Diego, California

Participants

5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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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.

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