- GHS Half Marathon & 5K29FEB2020
GHS Half Marathon & 5KRunning ‧ Greenville13.1 mi • 3.1 mi
- Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon11SEP2020
Great Smoky Mountains Half MarathonRunning ‧ Townsend13.1 mi • 3.1 mi
- Freeze Your Buns Off 5K8FEB2020
Freeze Your Buns Off 5K5k ‧ Littleton3.1 mi$20 - $35
- The Rattlesnake Ramble23FEB2020
The Rattlesnake RambleRunning ‧ San Rafael13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$40
- New Balance Palm Desert Half Marathon & 5k9FEB2020
New Balance Palm Desert Half Marathon & 5kRunning ‧ Palm Desert13.1 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.6 mi$14 - $110
- End of The Trail Half Marathon & 10K1MAR2020
End of The Trail Half Marathon & 10KRunning ‧ Visalia13.1 mi • 6.2 mi$55 - $95
- Catalina Island Marathon, 10K, 5K & Kids Run14MAR2020
Catalina Island Marathon, 10K, 5K & Kids RunRunning ‧ Los Angeles County26.2 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.0 mi$15 - $160
- Encinitas Half Marathon & 5K29MAR2020
Encinitas Half Marathon & 5KRunning ‧ Encinitas13.1 mi • 3.1 mi$49 - $125
- Aztlan 5K Classic Run/Walk15NOV2020
Aztlan 5K Classic Run/Walk5k ‧ Monterey Park3.1 mi
- Oakland Miles of Hope Challenge 25JUN2020
Oakland Miles of Hope Challenge5k ‧ Piedmont3.1 mi • 1.0 mi$35
- Coyote Point 5K25JAN2020
Coyote Point 5K5k ‧ San Mateo3.1 mi$45
- Great American River Run23MAY2020
Great American River RunRunning ‧ Memphis13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$20 - $80
- Renegade Santa Run21DEC
Renegade Santa RunRunning ‧ Irvine6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.5 mi$18 - $54
- Dam U Half Marathon 5K & 10K19SEP2020
Dam U Half Marathon 5K & 10KRunning ‧ Aurora13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$20 - $75
- Run at the Park 5K - 10K - Fun Run20SEP2020
Run at the Park 5K - 10K - Fun RunRunning ‧ Rancho Cucamonga6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.5 mi$15 - $27
- Run To The Beach Lake Tahoe4JUL2020
Run To The Beach Lake TahoeRunning ‧ Tahoe Vista6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$35 - $45
- The Honey Badger Half, 10K & 5K4OCT2020
The Honey Badger Half, 10K & 5KRunning ‧ Santa Venetia13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$30
- Sombrero Half Marathon, 5K & 10K26JAN2020
Sombrero Half Marathon, 5K & 10KRunning ‧ Simi Valley13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$45 - $95
- NYCRUNS Frozen Penguin1FEB2020
NYCRUNS Frozen PenguinRunning ‧ New York6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$35 - $50
- Golden Gate Half Marathon & 5K1NOV2020
Golden Gate Half Marathon & 5KRunning ‧ San Francisco13.1 mi • 3.1 mi
- The Fresno Donut Run22MAR2020
The Fresno Donut Run5k ‧ Fresno3.1 mi$20 - $40
- All-Out Mardi Crawl Half Marathon, 10K, 5K & 1 Mile22FEB2020
All-Out Mardi Crawl Half Marathon, 10K, 5K & 1 MileRunning ‧ Lakewood13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.0 mi$20 - $60
- Pasadena Triathlon7MAR2020
Pasadena TriathlonMulti-Sport ‧ Pasadena3.1 mi$35 - $165
- Angalls & Demens 5K/10K Trail Run28MAR2020
Angalls & Demens 5K/10K Trail RunRunning ‧ Rancho Cucamonga6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$27 - $36
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.