- Play It Forward 5K & Fun Run21MAR
Play It Forward 5K & Fun RunMulti-Sport ‧ Los Angeles3.1 mi • 1.9 mi • 0.6 mi$10 - $35
- Encinitas Half Marathon & 5K29MAR
Encinitas Half Marathon & 5KRunning ‧ Encinitas13.1 mi • 3.1 mi$49 - $125
- Mary Jane 5K & Mile19APR
Mary Jane 5K & Mile5k ‧ Santa Barbara3.1 mi • 1.0 mi$35 - $50
- Ashland Cherryland 5K Fun Run10OCT
Ashland Cherryland 5K Fun Run5k ‧ San Leandro3.1 mi$1 - $20
- Mary Jane Half Marathon, 5K & 10K - Simi Valley17MAY
Mary Jane Half Marathon, 5K & 10K - Simi ValleyRunning ‧ Simi Valley13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$45 - $85
- Run Laughlin Half Marathon, 5K & 12K5DEC
Run Laughlin Half Marathon, 5K & 12KRunning ‧ Laughlin13.1 mi • 7.5 mi • 3.1 mi$35(13)
- Go Green Saint Patricks Day Run15MAR
Go Green Saint Patricks Day RunRunning ‧ Santa Cruz6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.6 mi$20
- Aztlan 5K Classic Run/Walk15NOV
Aztlan 5K Classic Run/Walk5k ‧ Monterey Park3.1 mi
- City Beer Runs 5K/10K21JUN
City Beer Runs 5K/10KRunning ‧ San Mateo6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$47
- Oakland Miles of Hope Challenge 25JUN
Oakland Miles of Hope Challenge5k ‧ Piedmont3.1 mi • 1.0 mi$35
- Dam U Half Marathon 5K & 10K19SEP
Dam U Half Marathon 5K & 10KRunning ‧ Aurora13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$20 - $75
- Run at the Park 5K, 10K & Fun Run20SEP
Run at the Park 5K, 10K & Fun RunRunning ‧ Rancho Cucamonga6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.5 mi$15
- The Honey Badger Half, 10K & 5K4OCT
The Honey Badger Half, 10K & 5KRunning ‧ Santa Venetia13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$30(1)
- The Sasquatch Scramble Half, 10K, & 5K5APR
The Sasquatch Scramble Half, 10K, & 5KRunning ‧ Oakland13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$35 - $75
- Golden Gate Half Marathon & 5K1NOV
Golden Gate Half Marathon & 5KRunning ‧ San Francisco13.1 mi • 3.1 mi
- The Fresno Donut Run22MAR
The Fresno Donut Run5k ‧ Fresno3.1 mi$20 - $40
- Healing Hearts 5k Walk/Run for Suicide Prevention9MAY
Healing Hearts 5k Walk/Run for Suicide Prevention5k ‧ Oakland3.1 mi$20 - $30
- Pasadena Triathlon7MAR
Pasadena TriathlonMulti-Sport ‧ Pasadena3.1 mi$35 - $165(4)
- NYCRUNS Spring Fling8MAR
NYCRUNS Spring FlingRunning ‧ New York6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$35 - $50(4)
- Zoom St. Patrick's Day Run15MAR
Zoom St. Patrick's Day RunRunning ‧ Fremont13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.0 mi$20 - $60
- Walnut Creek Running Festival12DEC
Walnut Creek Running FestivalRunning ‧ Walnut Creek10.0 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$40 - $90
- Modesto Marathon29MAR
Modesto MarathonRunning ‧ Modesto26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$35
- Wine Run 5K - Four Fools Winery13JUN
Wine Run 5K - Four Fools Winery5k ‧ Rodeo3.1 mi$20
- Wine Run 5K - Rigger's Loft Wine Company14JUN
Wine Run 5K - Rigger's Loft Wine Company5k ‧ Richmond3.1 mi$15
About 5k events in the United States
5ks are made so popular in the United States by their accessibility. Every weekend sees thousands of beginners taking their first strides at a 5k event as well as regular runners trying to beat their personal record. These events tend to happen all year round, rain or shine. You have your regular park runs and big event 5ks, but also night runs, color runs, fun runs and charity runs so there's absolutely no excuse not to get involved.
What are the best 5k events?
At most events you'll find fancy dress, friendly runners and often a charitable cause to bring people together. The 5k is where the fun happens. One great example is the Hot Chocolate Chicago 5k which is one of the largest 5ks in the US with over 25,000 participants. As the name suggests, you're greeted with chocolatey goodness at the finish line. This race is part of a series that's held in different cities throughout the US, so there's likely to be one near you. Larger events such as the Twin Cities Marathon and the Gasparilla Distance Classic often host 5k and 10k races alongside their longer flagship events.
What is the average time to run a 5k?
Your own time will vary depending on your goals and whether you're walking or running. The fastest dragsters can finish in under 14 minutes, but most can take up to an hour. Don't focus on others, set your own goals and stick to them. Generally speaking, anything under 30 minutes would be a very good time. For this to happen, you'd have to maintain a pace of around 9.5 minutes per mile for the full race.
How long should I train for a 5k?
Your training will depend on the goals you set and how they correspond to your current fitness levels and experience. First timers who don't consider themselves particularly fit should take on a 5k training program to get race ready. This will lower the risk of injury and help you stay motivated. Take a look at our 6 weeks to 5k training plan to get you up to speed.