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- Walnut Creek Running Festival12DEC
Walnut Creek Running FestivalRunning ‧ Walnut Creek10.0 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Christmas Double 15K Challenge19DEC
Christmas Double 15K ChallengeRunning ‧ Palo Alto9.3 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.0 mi
- Run Laughlin Half Marathon, 5K & 12K5DEC
Run Laughlin Half Marathon, 5K & 12KRunning ‧ Laughlin13.1 mi • 7.5 mi • 3.1 mi(13)
- Kiwanis Resolution Run 5K and 10K1JAN
Kiwanis Resolution Run 5K and 10KRunning ‧ Mountain View6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Historic Murrieta Hot Springs 5k19DEC
Historic Murrieta Hot Springs 5k5k ‧ Murrieta3.1 mi • 0.6 mi
- Run Wild - San Francisco6DEC
Run Wild - San Francisco5k ‧ San Francisco3.1 mi • 0.0 mi
- The Krampus Cross Country 5K & 10K13DEC
The Krampus Cross Country 5K & 10KRunning ‧ San Francisco6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- ZombieRunner Quarry Lakes13DEC
ZombieRunner Quarry LakesRunning ‧ Fremont26.2 mi • 18.6 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- City Beer Runs - Seven Stills Brewery13DEC
City Beer Runs - Seven Stills BreweryRunning ‧ San Francisco6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- St Nicholas 5K5DEC
St Nicholas 5K5k ‧ Archbald3.1 mi
- The First Watch Locomotive Half Marathon / 5K13DEC
The First Watch Locomotive Half Marathon / 5K5k ‧ Kennesaw3.1 mi
- Jingle Bell Rock 5K & 10K13DEC
Jingle Bell Rock 5K & 10KRunning ‧ Santa Cruz6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.6 mi
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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.