9 Fast and Flat 5Ks
Fast Times 5K
San Diego, California - April 21 1 of 10
This spectator-friendly two-loop course offers fantastic views of Mission Bay and is super flat. Combined with the predictably friendly weather, this is the perfect chance to get a PR.
Camp Gilead River Run 5K
Carnation, Washington - May 27 2 of 10
The USATF-certified course winds through flat country roads along the Snoqualmie River with mountain views. Fly through the race and enjoy a pancake breakfast afterward.
Hospital Hill Run 5K
Kansas City, Missouri - June 1 3 of 10
One of the oldest road races in Kansas City, the UMKC School of Medicine 5K starts and finish at Crown Center—thus keeping it flat by avoiding the Hospital Hill the half marathon is named after.
Windham Fast 'N' Flat 5K
Windham, New Hampshire - June 9 4 of 10
This race takes you down the Windham Rail Trail, a shady and picturesque paved trail at the historic Windham Depot. A cash award is offered if you can break the course record.
Santa Rosa 5K
Santa Rosa, California - August 25 5 of 10
Take a tour of downtown Santa Rosa and Railroad Square. The loop has gradual hills but nothing to prevent it from being a great shot at a PR for you.
Brooksie Way 5K
Rochester, Michigan - September 29 6 of 10
Taking place on the campus of Oakland University, this fun 5K is a great early-morning run with Michigan's fall foliage beginning to appear.
Amica Marathon 5K
Newport, Rhode Island - October 12 7 of 10
The 5K starts and finishes at Brenton Point right on the coastline, and is a great quick race to complement the half marathon and marathon the next day.
Indianapolis Monumental Marathon 5K
Indianapolis, Indiana - November 2 8 of 10
Explore downtown Indianapolis, running through the shadows of skyscrapers and flying to the finish line. This fast race takes place just after the start of the marathon and half marathon from the same start line.
Bunny Rock 5K
Chicago, Illinois - March 30 9 of 10
Enjoy '80s music throughout the course in Montrose Harbor, right along the shores of Lake Michigan. Participants get a T-shirt, sunglasses and bunny ears.