5k Runs in California
Nearby 5k Runs in CaliforniaSee all
- The Krampus Cross Country 5K & 10K13DEC
The Krampus Cross Country 5K & 10KRunning ‧ San Francisco6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Zoom Quarry Lakes13DEC
Zoom Quarry LakesRunning ‧ Fremont26.2 mi • 18.6 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$15 – $60
- Coronado Optimist Sports Fiesta25JUL
Coronado Optimist Sports FiestaMulti-Sport ‧ Coronado16.0 mi • 3.1 mi
- E T Full Moon Midnight Marathon 1 2 10 K 51 K1AUG
E T Full Moon Midnight Marathon 1 2 10 K 51 KRunning ‧ Alamo31.7 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- LMJS Fourth Sunday Race August23AUG
LMJS Fourth Sunday Race AugustRunning ‧ Oakland9.3 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$10
- Great Inflatable Race - Las Vegas24OCT
Great Inflatable Race - Las Vegas5k ‧ North Las Vegas3.1 mi
- Twilight Red Rock 1/2 Marathon, 10K, and 5K17OCT
Twilight Red Rock 1/2 Marathon, 10K, and 5KRunning ‧ Las Vegas13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Rugged Maniac - SoCal (Temecula)21NOV
Rugged Maniac - SoCal (Temecula)5k ‧ Temecula3.1 mi
- Valley of Fire Backcountry14NOV
Valley of Fire BackcountryRunning ‧ Las Vegas31.1 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Silver Strand Half Marathon8NOV
Silver Strand Half MarathonRunning ‧ Coronado13.1 mi • 10.0 mi • 3.1 mi
- TVT Cares Turkey Trot26NOV
TVT Cares Turkey Trot5k ‧ Irvine3.1 mi
- Tiki Beach 5K/10K9AUG
Tiki Beach 5K/10KRunning ‧ Huntington Beach6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- LMJS Fourth Sunday Race - October25OCT
LMJS Fourth Sunday Race - OctoberRunning ‧ Oakland9.3 mi • 6.2 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
- Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon18JUL
Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half MarathonRunning ‧ Napa13.1 mi • 3.1 mi
- Devil After Dark Marathon, 1/2, 10K & 5K19SEP
Devil After Dark Marathon, 1/2, 10K & 5KRunning ‧ Las Vegas26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi
- Lacen It Up 5 K3OCT
Lacen It Up 5 K5k ‧ Bakersfield3.1 mi
- Lederhosen 5 K Olympic Valley19SEP
Lederhosen 5 K Olympic Valley5k ‧ Olympic Valley3.1 mi
- Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Run18OCT
Half Moon Bay Pumpkin RunRunning ‧ Half Moon Bay6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- IPA River Run25JUL
IPA River Run5k ‧ West Sacramento3.1 mi
- Coronado 5 K Turkey Trot26NOV
Coronado 5 K Turkey Trot5k ‧ Coronado3.1 mi
- Almond Bowl 5 K 10 K1NOV
Almond Bowl 5 K 10 KRunning ‧ Chico6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Ascot Hills Challenge 5K26SEP
Ascot Hills Challenge 5K5k ‧ Los Angeles3.1 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.