- 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 – $36
- The Honey Badger Half, 10K & 5K4OCT
The Honey Badger Half, 10K & 5KRunning ‧ Santa Venetia13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$30 – $45(1)
- Golden Gate Half Marathon & 5K1NOV
Golden Gate Half Marathon & 5KRunning ‧ San Francisco13.1 mi • 3.1 mi
- Santa Barbara Red Rock Endurance Run21NOV
Santa Barbara Red Rock Endurance RunRunning ‧ Santa Barbara50.0 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 3.1 mi$45 – $115
- Solano Turkey Trot28NOV
Solano Turkey TrotRunning ‧ Fairfield6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.0 mi
- Healing Hearts 5k Walk/Run for Suicide Prevention16MAY
Healing Hearts 5k Walk/Run for Suicide Prevention5k ‧ Oakland3.1 mi$20 – $30
- Wine Run 5K - Four Fools Winery13JUN
Wine Run 5K - Four Fools Winery5k ‧ Rodeo3.1 mi$20 – $25
- Wine Run 5K - Rigger's Loft Wine Company14JUN
Wine Run 5K - Rigger's Loft Wine Company5k ‧ Richmond3.1 mi$15 – $20
- NYCRUNS Prospect Park 5K & 10K18APR
NYCRUNS Prospect Park 5K & 10KRunning ‧ Kings County6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Fremont Guardians Unite 5k25APR
Fremont Guardians Unite 5k5k ‧ Fremont3.1 mi$20 – $40
- NYCRUNS Queens Half Marathon25APR
NYCRUNS Queens Half MarathonRunning ‧ Queens County13.1 mi • 3.1 mi$50 – $85
- YMCA Presidio Trail Run26APR
YMCA Presidio Trail RunRunning ‧ San Francisco6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.5 mi$10 – $60
- Twilight 5K7MAY
Twilight 5K5k ‧ Mount Dora3.1 mi$20 – $30
- Taco Run 5K16MAY
Taco Run 5K5k ‧ Fresno3.1 mi$35
- NYCRUNS Summer Loving 5k and 10k17MAY
NYCRUNS Summer Loving 5k and 10kRunning ‧ New York6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$40
- Blizzard Run22AUG
Blizzard RunMulti-Sport ‧ Shiloh3.1 mi • 0.1 mi
- Drop 13 Half Marathon - 5K13JUN
Drop 13 Half Marathon - 5KRunning ‧ Cottonwood Heights13.1 mi • 3.1 mi
- Hiller Aviation Museum - Airport Runway Run9MAY
Hiller Aviation Museum - Airport Runway RunRunning ‧ San Carlos6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.2 mi
- Bra Run 5k & 12k For Evelyn’s Bff30AUG
Bra Run 5k & 12k For Evelyn’s Bff5k ‧ Los Angeles7.5 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.6 mi$10 – $35
- Donuts with Dad 5K20JUN
Donuts with Dad 5K5k ‧ Ontario3.1 mi • 1.0 mi • 0.6 mi$15 – $27
- Harvest Half Marathon 5k,10k20SEP
Harvest Half Marathon 5k,10kRunning ‧ Los Angeles13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$45 – $85
- Foster 5K26APR
Foster 5K5k ‧ Sunnyvale3.1 mi$40
- Jim Tracy 5K to Defeat ALS26APR
Jim Tracy 5K to Defeat ALS5k ‧ San Francisco3.1 mi$45(9)
- Arroyo Creek Half Marathon28JUN
Arroyo Creek Half MarathonRunning ‧ Simi Valley13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$45 – $75
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.