- Polar Bear 5K 19JAN2020
Polar Bear 5K5k ‧ Denver3.1 mi$30 - $35
- Super Bowl 5k2FEB2020
Super Bowl 5k5k ‧ Denver3.1 mi$30 - $35
- Atlantic City Marathon20OCT
Atlantic City MarathonRunning ‧ Atlantic City32.4 mi • 29.3 mi • 26.2 mi • 19.3 mi • 16.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$40 - $135
- Austin Marathon KXAN SimpleHealth 5K16FEB2020
Austin Marathon KXAN SimpleHealth 5K5k ‧ Austin3.1 mi$39
- Golden Gate Half Marathon3NOV
Golden Gate Half MarathonRunning ‧ San Francisco13.1 mi • 3.1 mi$46 - $121
- Surfers Point Marathon, Half, 10k & 5k10NOV
Surfers Point Marathon, Half, 10k & 5kRunning ‧ Ventura26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$45 - $130
- Run Houston! Sugar Land7DEC
Run Houston! Sugar LandRunning ‧ Sugar Land6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.6 mi
- Santa Hustle Cedar Point Half Marathon & 5K8DEC
Santa Hustle Cedar Point Half Marathon & 5KRunning ‧ Sandusky13.1 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.0 mi$10 - $69.75
- Carrera de los Muertos – Los Angeles26OCT
Carrera de los Muertos – Los Angeles5k ‧ Los Angeles3.1 mi$25 - $50
- Santa Hustle Milwaukee 5K8DEC
Santa Hustle Milwaukee 5K5k ‧ Milwaukee3.1 mi • 1.0 mi$10 - $49.75
- Santa Hustle Indianapolis15DEC
Santa Hustle IndianapolisRunning ‧ Indianapolis13.1 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.0 mi$10 - $69.75
- Carrera De Los Muertos San Diego3NOV
Carrera De Los Muertos San DiegoRunning ‧ San Diego6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$25 - $50
- South Berkeley Christmas 5K8DEC
South Berkeley Christmas 5K5k ‧ Inwood3.1 mi
- Drop 13 Half Marathon - 5K13JUN2020
Drop 13 Half Marathon - 5KRunning ‧ Cottonwood Heights13.1 mi • 3.1 mi$35 - $90
- That Dam Run 13.1, 10K & 5K1MAR2020
That Dam Run 13.1, 10K & 5KRunning ‧ Greenwood Village13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$30 - $60
- Napa Valley Harvest Half Marathon20OCT
Napa Valley Harvest Half MarathonRunning ‧ Calistoga13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$10 - $100
- Temecula Half Marathon & 5K20OCT
Temecula Half Marathon & 5KRunning ‧ Temecula13.1 mi • 3.1 mi$44 - $140
- Florida Halloween Distance Classic27OCT
Florida Halloween Distance ClassicRunning ‧ St. Petersburg13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$25 - $115
- The Honey Badger Half, 10K & 5K27OCT
The Honey Badger Half, 10K & 5KRunning ‧ San Rafael13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$30 - $80
- Cocoa Cup 5K21DEC
Cocoa Cup 5K5k ‧ Summerville3.1 mi • 1.0 mi
- Publix Florida Marathon2FEB2020
Publix Florida MarathonRunning ‧ Melbourne26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 3.1 mi$70 - $140
- St. Petersburg Distance Classic9FEB2020
St. Petersburg Distance ClassicRunning ‧ St. Petersburg26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$25 - $140
- Beat the Bird 5K & Lil Drumstick 1K28NOV
Beat the Bird 5K & Lil Drumstick 1K5k ‧ Bellevue3.1 mi • 0.6 mi$10 - $30
- Thanksgiving Day 5k – Simi Valley, CA28NOV
Thanksgiving Day 5k – Simi Valley, CA5k ‧ Simi Valley3.1 mi$35
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.