Nearby 5k RunsSee all
- Berkeley Half Marathon15NOV
Berkeley Half MarathonRunning ‧ Berkeley13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.6 mi$15 – $99
- Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose3OCT
Rock ‘n’ Roll San JoseRunning ‧ San Jose13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$35 – $79
- SDCCU OC Marathon8NOV
SDCCU OC MarathonRunning ‧ Newport Beach26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 3.1 mi
- Encinitas Turkey Trot26NOV
Encinitas Turkey TrotRunning ‧ Encinitas6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.6 mi$5.99 – $59(2)
- Oakland Turkey Trot26NOV
Oakland Turkey Trot5k ‧ Oakland3.1 mi • 0.1 mi$15 – $69
- Lake Tahoe Marathon 9OCT
Lake Tahoe MarathonRunning ‧ South Lake Tahoe72.0 mi • 52.4 mi • 26.2 mi • 16.4 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$54 – $155
- Ashland Cherryland 5K Fun Run10OCT
Ashland Cherryland 5K Fun Run5k ‧ San Leandro3.1 mi$1 – $20
- Herbalife24 Triathlon25OCT
Herbalife24 TriathlonMulti-Sport ‧ Los Angeles22.0 mi • 3.1 mi$25 – $345(1)
- Surfers Point Marathon, Half, 10k & 5k8NOV
Surfers Point Marathon, Half, 10k & 5kRunning ‧ Ventura26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$50 – $110(4)
- Aztlan 5K Classic Run/Walk15NOV
Aztlan 5K Classic Run/Walk5k ‧ Monterey Park3.1 mi
- The Honey Badger Half, 10K & 5K4OCT
The Honey Badger Half, 10K & 5KRunning ‧ Santa Venetia13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$30 – $45(1)
- Golden Gate Half Marathon & 5K1NOV
Golden Gate Half Marathon & 5KRunning ‧ San Francisco13.1 mi • 3.1 mi
- Santa Barbara Red Rock Endurance Run21NOV
Santa Barbara Red Rock Endurance RunRunning ‧ Santa Barbara50.0 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 3.1 mi$45 – $115
- Solano Turkey Trot28NOV
Solano Turkey TrotRunning ‧ Fairfield6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.0 mi
- Gobble Wobble26NOV
Gobble WobbleRunning ‧ San Mateo6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.0 mi • 0.0 mi$5 – $42
- Look Good Feel Good Marathon10OCT
Look Good Feel Good MarathonRunning ‧ San Leandro26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.0 mi$25 – $55
- City Beer Runs - Standard Deviant Brewing18OCT
City Beer Runs - Standard Deviant BrewingRunning ‧ San Francisco6.2 mi • 3.1 mi$37
- Napa Valley Turkey Chase18NOV
Napa Valley Turkey ChaseRunning ‧ Napa6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Thanksgiving Day 5k – Simi Valley, CA26NOV
Thanksgiving Day 5k – Simi Valley, CA5k ‧ Simi Valley3.1 mi$35
- Great Trail Race4OCT
Great Trail Race5k ‧ Truckee21.5 mi • 17.9 mi • 17.2 mi
- WRC Turkey Trot 5k22NOV
WRC Turkey Trot 5k5k ‧ Sierra Vista3.1 mi
- CHaD HERO18OCT
CHaD HERORunning ‧ Hanover13.1 mi • 3.1 mi
- Stars & Stripes Run3OCT
Stars & Stripes Run5k ‧ Utica3.1 mi
- Great Inflatable Race - Las Vegas24OCT
Great Inflatable Race - Las Vegas5k ‧ North Las Vegas3.1 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.