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Top 5 Must Do 5k Races in the US

Top 5 Must Do 5k Races in the US

According to Running USA’s latest data, there are more than 15,000 5k races in the United States alone! That’s a lot of events and a lot of runners. A few of those 5k road races stand out from the pack. Whether it’s the scenery, tradition, attention of “elite runners” or just the sheer size we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 must do 5k races in the US! 

1.Boston Marathon 5k

More than 125 years after its inception, the Boston Athletic Association continues to be a leader within the sport of road racing and annually carries on the tradition of the Boston Marathon.

Sign Up here: Boston Marathon 5k

2. Hot Chocolate 5k Chicago, IL


The Hot Chocolate 5k, coined as America’s Sweetest Race, is brought to you by RAM Racing. Established in 2008, the inaugural Hot Chocolate 5k ran through the streets of Chicago, Illinois. Since its inception, over 200,000 participants have ran for chocolate, making it the fastest growing race series in the nation!

Sign Up here: Hot Chocolate 5k

3. Rock -n- Roll Las Vegas 5k

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series makes running fun. Each year, more athletes participate in Rock ‘n’ Roll running events than any other running series in the United States. What started as a simple idea in 1998 – a marathon with bands along the course celebrating each participant – soon transformed the running landscape igniting the second running boom.

Sign up here: Rock -n- Roll 5k

4. CVS Downtown 5k  Providence, RI

Due to it doubling as the USA 5K Championships in recent years, this race in Providence, R.I. has been full of running’s biggest names—Shalane Flanagan, Molly Huddle, Ben True, Diego Estrada and Matt Tegenkamp have all won in the last seven years. For age-groupers, the race is a charming run through downtown Providence.

Sign up here: CVS Downtown 5k

5. Freihofer’s Women’s 5k Run


Thousands of women of all ages and abilities will compete alongside many of the country’s greatest long distance runners. In addition to the Women’s 5k, the weekend events include a Health & Fitness Expo and a Kids Run.

Sign up here: Freihofer’s 5k

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