5k Runs in California
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- SDCCU OC Marathon1MAY2021
SDCCU OC MarathonRunning ‧ Newport Beach26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 3.1 mi$30 – $105C-19 Plan
- Oaktown Half Marathon, 5K and Stomper's Stomp14AUG2021
Oaktown Half Marathon, 5K and Stomper's StompRunning ‧ Oakland26.2 mi • 16.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.2 mi$9 – $98(1)
- Christmas Double 15K Challenge19DEC
Christmas Double 15K ChallengeRunning ‧ Palo Alto9.3 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.0 mi$49
- Walnut Creek Running Festival12DEC
Walnut Creek Running FestivalRunning ‧ Walnut Creek10.0 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$65 – $90
- Kiwanis Resolution Run 5K and 10K1JAN2021
Kiwanis Resolution Run 5K and 10KRunning ‧ Mountain View6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$40
- Historic Murrieta Hot Springs 5k19DEC
Historic Murrieta Hot Springs 5k5k ‧ Murrieta3.1 mi • 0.6 mi$15 – $40
- Run Laughlin Half Marathon, 5K & 12K5DEC
Run Laughlin Half Marathon, 5K & 12KRunning ‧ Laughlin13.1 mi • 7.5 mi • 3.1 mi(13)
- City Beer Runs - Seven Stills Brewery13DEC
City Beer Runs - Seven Stills BreweryRunning ‧ San Francisco6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$37
- ZombieRunner Quarry Lakes13DEC
ZombieRunner Quarry LakesRunning ‧ Fremont26.2 mi • 18.6 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$15 – $35
- Run Wild - San Francisco6DEC
Run Wild - San Francisco5k ‧ San Francisco3.1 mi • 0.0 mi
- The Krampus Cross Country 5K & 10K13DEC
The Krampus Cross Country 5K & 10KRunning ‧ San Francisco6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Dove Dash10JUL2022
Dove DashRunning ‧ Trabuco Canyon6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Reindeer Run Long Beach 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon9JUN2023
Reindeer Run Long Beach 5k, 10k, 15k, Half MarathonRunning ‧ Long Beach13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Father Joe’s Villages Thanksgiving Day 5K10MAY2023
Father Joe’s Villages Thanksgiving Day 5K5k ‧ San Diego3.1 mi$28 – $45
- Jingle Bell Rock 5K & 10K13DEC
Jingle Bell Rock 5K & 10KRunning ‧ Santa Cruz6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.6 mi
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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.