How To Find 5K Races Near You

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Looking to find 5K races near you?

Then you have come to the right place.

Setting a 5K race goal is a great way to give meaning to your training, improve your fitness level, and, most importantly, stay motivated in the long run.

For more icing on the cake, it’s never been easier nowadays to sign up for running races—with thousands taking place all over the globe every year.

However, if you’re busy or can’t afford travel, your best option is to find a race taking place in your own backyard—or at least an hour’s drive away.

In today’s post, I’m going to share with you some of my favorite and tested methods for easily finding local running races.

Use Online Resources

By far, this is the easiest step to find 5K races in your region.

There are many online resources with lots of local event listings.

Some of these resources may even allow you to narrow down your options by location, type of event, or time of the year.

Great sites with lots of local events to check out include:

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Google The Smart Way

Type into google “5K races near me,” and you’ll get plenty of results from running events in your region.

That’s trick number one.

Trick number two is to check Google Maps then come up with a list of towns that are 60 to 90 minutes far from you.

Once you got the list, get on Google search and type in the name of the town, followed by “5K race” (or any other race distance.

This should help bring to the fold many events that you might not be on online directories—or in towns you didn’t know were that close to you.

Check Your Local Running Store

Another way to locate running races is to ask the staff at your local running shop.

This is a fantastic way to find new 5K races and get more support at the same time, which comes in handy for beginner runners.

While looking for your next pair of shoes, keep an eye on posted signs advertising future events.

What’s more?

Some sports stores may offer group training runs leading to race or registration discounts.

You can also sign up for the store’s newsletter (if available), so you can stay updated on upcoming events and group runs.

Check your Local Running Club

Your local running club is another fantastic place to meet like-minded runners, and why not find your next race.

What’s more?

Many of these sports outlets often sponsor a few local races each year.

Keep in mind that you also may be eligible for an affiliate discount on most races when you’re a member of a running club.

So why not join one so you can stay informed about their training runs and upcoming events: two birds, one stone.

Don’t know how to find the nearest running club?

Check out the Road Runners Club of America.

Check Social Media

Last but not least, follow local running clubs and organizations on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to keep you updated on what’s coming up on their calendars.

You can also publish your own posts, asking your followers for their favorite races.

I find that this works very well on Twitter and Instagram, especially if you have lots of running friends.


There you have it!

If you find it hard to locate 5K races nearby, then the above guidelines are more than enough to set you on the right path.

Just get on it, choose a race, and start training.

The rest is just details.

Please feel free to leave your comments and questions in the section below.

In the meantime, thank you for dropping by.

Keep training strong.