- California International Marathon7DEC
California International MarathonRunning ‧ Sacramento26.2 mi • 16.3 mi • 3.1 mi$39 - $275
- Holiday Half Marathon & 5K Ugly Sweater Run15DEC
Holiday Half Marathon & 5K Ugly Sweater RunRunning ‧ Pomona16.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.0 mi$36 - $116
- Santa Run Silicon Valley15DEC
Santa Run Silicon Valley5k ‧ San Jose3.1 mi • 0.2 mi$45 - $52
- Run Houston! Sugar Land7DEC
Run Houston! Sugar LandRunning ‧ Sugar Land6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.6 mi
- Run For A Claus7DEC
Run For A Claus5k ‧ Irvine3.1 mi • 1.0 mi$5 - $40
- Santa Hustle Galveston15DEC
Santa Hustle Galveston5k ‧ Galveston13.1 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.0 mi$10 - $69.75
- South Berkeley Christmas 5K8DEC
South Berkeley Christmas 5K5k ‧ Inwood3.1 mi
- Lexus LaceUp Running Series – Riverside8DEC
Lexus LaceUp Running Series – RiversideRunning ‧ Riverside13.1 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.6 mi$20 - $80
- Santa Hustle 5K Chicago7DEC
Santa Hustle 5K Chicago5k ‧ Chicago3.1 mi • 1.0 mi$10 - $49.75
- Cocoa Cup 5K21DEC
Cocoa Cup 5K5k ‧ Summerville3.1 mi • 1.0 mi
- Reindeer Fun Run7DEC
Reindeer Fun Run5k ‧ Aberdeen7.5 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.6 mi$15 - $30
- Mount Dora Half Marathon & 5k22DEC
Mount Dora Half Marathon & 5kRunning ‧ Mount Dora16.5 mi • 13.1 mi • 3.1 mi$30 - $69
- Rock’in Santa Half Marathon & Sunshine Santa 5K14DEC
Rock’in Santa Half Marathon & Sunshine Santa 5KRunning ‧ Knoxville13.1 mi • 3.1 mi$20
- 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
- Santa Hustle Indianapolis15DEC
Santa Hustle IndianapolisRunning ‧ Indianapolis13.1 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.0 mi$10 - $69.75
- Santa Hustle Milwaukee 5K8DEC
Santa Hustle Milwaukee 5K5k ‧ Milwaukee3.1 mi • 1.0 mi$10 - $49.75
- Christmas Double 15K Challenge14DEC
Christmas Double 15K ChallengeRunning ‧ Palo Alto9.3 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.0 mi$15 - $49
- Santa Hustle Maine 5K8DEC
Santa Hustle Maine 5K5k ‧ South Portland3.1 mi$34.75 - $49.75
- SVR Winter Series -race215DEC
SVR Winter Series -race25k ‧ Winchester3.1 mi
- Santa Hustle North Carolina14DEC
Santa Hustle North CarolinaRunning ‧ Belmont13.1 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.0 mi$10 - $69.75
- Jingle Bell Half Marathon & 5K8DEC
Jingle Bell Half Marathon & 5KRunning ‧ Haverhill13.1 mi • 3.1 mi$25
- Santa Hustle Roseville22DEC
Santa Hustle RosevilleRunning ‧ Roseville13.1 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.0 mi$10 - $69.75
- Jingle Bell Run - Orange County & Inland Empire7DEC
Jingle Bell Run - Orange County & Inland Empire5k ‧ Corona3.1 mi • 0.6 mi$20 - $40
- Renegade Santa Run21DEC
Renegade Santa RunRunning ‧ Irvine6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.5 mi$18 - $54
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.