5 Beginner-Friendly Races Perfect For Your First 5K

Ready to take the plunge and sign up for your first ever 5K? We’ve got the perfect beginner-friendly races for you to cross the finish line.

Runners enjoying the Firefly Run.

Ready to take the plunge and sign up for your first ever 5K? We’ve got the perfect races to put the wind in your sails.

Best Beginner-Friendly 5Ks

What do Abraham Lincoln and the Portland Parks 5K have in common? A five-dollar bill! Runners looking to ease their way into the race scene only have to part with a five-spot to participate in this event. Complete with family-friendly activities like rock wall climbing, your entire cheering squad can tag along for a fun, healthy outing.
Where: Portland, Ore.
When: Various Dates
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Are you craving a finish line but not sure you want to run the whole 3.1 miles? The Biggest Loser Race Series is the perfect choice for you! With separate run and walk divisions (and top awards for each), participants are encouraged to accomplish the distance however they feel most comfortable. No matter what pace you choose, prepare to be encouraged. Fellow racers, cheering fans and even guest celebrities chip in to boost you to the finish!
Where: Locations Nationwide
When: Various Dates
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Not ready to face a start line in broad daylight? Race incognito at the after-dark Firefly Run. This nighttime 5K will enchant your senses as lights dance through the course, dazzling your eyes and igniting the spark in your step. As you beam your way through the finish, enjoy the incredible light show and refreshments at the post-race party.
Where: Locations Nationwide
When: Various Dates
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Ease your way into racing without making a huge investment at the Run for Wellness 5K. If you’re looking to test your speed, enjoy time with a training buddy or simply cross the finish line, this free(!) event welcomes anyone (super beginner-friendly) looking to accomplish a 5K goal. After all, you don’t have to be a big spender to have healthy fun.
Where: Houston, Texas
When: Various Dates
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Need a little extra motivation to cross the finish line? There are plenty of perks to put pep in your step at the 5K Turtle Krawl. With a women’s-specific tech shirt, on-site massages, free childcare and a post-race bash loaded with food, this race delivers enough swag to offset aching muscles.
Where: Indiatlantic, Fla. and Virtual Race
When: September 2017
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