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- The San Francisco Marathon25JUL
The San Francisco MarathonRunning ‧ San Francisco52.4 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 3.1 mi(5)
- Oakland Running Festival30AUG
Oakland Running FestivalRunning ‧ Oakland26.2 mi • 16.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.6 mi
- Shoreline Marathon19JUL
Shoreline MarathonRunning ‧ Ventura26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi(1)
- North Shore Classic7JUN
North Shore ClassicRunning ‧ Highland Park13.1 mi • 3.1 mi
- Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon11SEP
Great Smoky Mountains Half MarathonRunning ‧ Townsend13.1 mi • 3.1 mi
- Aloha Run – Long Beach2AUG
Aloha Run – Long BeachRunning ‧ Long Beach6.2 mi • 3.1 mi(2)
- Crown City Classic – Coronado’s 4th July4JUL
Crown City Classic – Coronado’s 4th July5k ‧ Coronado7.5 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.0 mi • 0.5 mi
- Lederhosen 5K19SEP
Lederhosen 5K5k ‧ Olympic Valley3.1 mi
- Alameda Running Festival13SEP
Alameda Running FestivalRunning ‧ Alameda13.1 mi • 10.0 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.6 mi(1)
- Grand Rapids Triathlon14JUN
Grand Rapids TriathlonMulti-Sport ‧ Ada70.2 mi • 57.2 mi • 32.0 mi • 25.8 mi • 16.0 mi • 8.1 mi • 1.2 mi • 0.9 mi • 0.5 mi
- Blizzard Run22AUG
Blizzard RunMulti-Sport ‧ Shiloh3.1 mi • 0.1 mi
- Wine Run 5K - Rigger's Loft Wine Company14JUN
Wine Run 5K - Rigger's Loft Wine Company5k ‧ Richmond3.1 mi
- Wine Run 5K - Four Fools Winery13JUN
Wine Run 5K - Four Fools Winery5k ‧ Rodeo3.1 mi
- Hope for the Homeless 5k/10k Run/Walk - Los Angeles18JUL
Hope for the Homeless 5k/10k Run/Walk - Los AngelesRunning ‧ Los Angeles9.3 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.6 mi
- San Francisco Pride Run27JUN
San Francisco Pride RunRunning ‧ San Francisco6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.2 mi
- Awesome 80's Run Long Beach - 5K & 10K14JUN
Awesome 80's Run Long Beach - 5K & 10KRunning ‧ Long Beach6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Drop 13 Half Marathon - 5K13JUN
Drop 13 Half Marathon - 5KRunning ‧ Cottonwood Heights13.1 mi • 3.1 mi
- Golden Gate 10K, UjENA 5K and DOUBLE 8K2AUG
Golden Gate 10K, UjENA 5K and DOUBLE 8KRunning ‧ San Francisco6.2 mi • 5.0 mi • 3.1 mi(2)
- Zoom Dynamite29AUG
Zoom DynamiteRunning ‧ Richmond13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- 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
- Dam U Half Marathon 5K & 10K19SEP
Dam U Half Marathon 5K & 10KRunning ‧ Aurora13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- NYCRUNS Brooklyn Ice Cream Social 5K & 10K22AUG
NYCRUNS Brooklyn Ice Cream Social 5K & 10KRunning ‧ Kings County6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Sun's Out Run's Out 9AUG
Sun's Out Run's Out5k ‧ San Mateo3.1 mi • 1.0 mi • 0.6 mi
- NYCRUNS Governors Island 5K & 10K8AUG
NYCRUNS Governors Island 5K & 10KRunning ‧ New York6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
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.