How Long Is a 5K Race?

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"I keep hearing about people who are running 5K races. Exactly how far is a 5K race?"

Running a 5K is a popular goal among runners because the distance is short enough that even beginner runners can be ready for it in a few months. A 5K run is 5 kilometers long, which is the equivalent of 3.1 miles. Local 5K races are fairly easy to find, especially in the spring, summer, and fall, because it's a popular distance for charity races.

If you're interested in running or run/walking a 5K, here are free 5K training programs:

  • 5K Training Schedule for Beginners: This eight-week training schedule is designed for beginner runners who want to get you to the finish line of a 5K race. It assumes that you can already run at least 1.5 miles. This training schedule is also available as an email course.
     
  • 5K Training Schedule for Advanced Beginners: This eight-week schedule is geared toward runners who can run 2 miles comfortably and can run 4 to 5 days per week. You may have never run a 5K before, but you're looking for a schedule that's a little more challenging than the 5K Beginner Schedule.
     
  • 4-Week Beginner 5K Schedule: If you're signed up for a 5K that's a month away, here's a beginner training schedule that will get you ready.
     
  • 8-Week 5K Training Schedule for Intermediate Runners: This eight-week schedule is geared toward runners who can run 5 miles comfortably and can run 4 to 5 days per week.
     

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