Work It Out on the Regular1 of 11
For regular runners, a 10K is a great distance to log a decent workout nearly every day.
The Perfect Distance2 of 11
5Ks are too short and easy. Half marathons are entirely too long. 10K? Just right.
Target Fast(er)-Twitch Muscles3 of 11
10Ks are a good way for longer-distance (marathon and half marathon) runners to work on sprinting. No more losing races at the finish line.
Daily Sweating4 of 11
Those 6.2 miles can be done just about anywhere, and it only takes 30 minutes to a little more than an hour. The distance is doable for busy folks still wanting to get in their daily run.
Grab a Bud5 of 11
As far as race buddies go, there are plenty of people out there who are up for a 10K race. Once you get to the half or full marathon level? Not so much.
Shape Up6 of 11
Need an excuse to get in better shape? Pick a local 10K race for an attainable fitness goal that's not going to take major life changes if you're already into running.
Save Some Dough7 of 11
10Ks don't require quite the level of specialized gear that half or full marathons do, keeping your wallet nicely padded. We don't recommend digging out your 10-year-old sneakers, but you probably won't need the laundry list of accessories recommended for longer distances.
Hit Snooze8 of 11
Much like 5Ks, 10K start times are usually around 8 to 9 a.m., compared to half and full marathons that can begin as early as 6 a.m. #NoThankYou
Theme Party9 of 11
Many themed races offer 10K distance options, from '80s-themed to prison breaks.
Walk It Out10 of 11
Most 10Ks are walker-friendly, and you might even find a competitive walking division. Walkers unite!