With year-round sunshine here in Central Florida, you can find an abundance of 5k races, 10k races, and Fun Runs throughout the year! Spring and Fall are especially popular when the cooler weather makes us all want to get the kids outside and burn off some energy. Pick a race and cheer each other on as you cross the finish line!

We’ve got a list of 5k races near you in Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, Lake Wales, and more. All of the races listed below are either kid-friendly OR include a separate kids fun run. Many of them also include post-race activities such as food, games, live music, giveaways, and  more for your family to enjoy.  Click on the name of any event for more details.

Visit our calendar for a full list of upcoming events.

{HINT – Worried whether your kids can finish a 5k? Wondering how many miles is a 5k? Approximately 3.1 miles – just over 1 lap around Lake Hollingsworth}


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POSTPONED – Lakeland Airport SUN n’ RUN 5k

Lakeland Airport SUN FUN 5k
April 4 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Lakeland Linder Regional Airport
3900 Don Emerson Dr
Lakeland, FL 33811 US
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Road race at Lakeland Linder International Airport (LAL) during the annual SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo. The race will begin on the Terminal Ramp as the start line is flanked by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. During the run you will be able to witness the launching of over twenty (20) hot air balloons.

POSTPONED – Mayfaire 5k Road Race & Walk

May 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lake Mirror Promenade
121 S Lake Ave
Lakeland, FL 33801 US
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Join the Lakeland Runners Club for an evening 5k road race which runs around Lake Mirror and Lake Morton, a scenic and certified course through Lakeland’s historic district and views of the city’s beautiful lakes. The race will be chip timed. Post-race refreshments, live music, and fireworks are part of the annual Citizens Bank and Trust Mayfaire by-the-Lake Saturday Night Party.

Lakeland Police Foundation Fallen Heroes Memorial 5K

LPD Police 5K
May 16 @ 6:00 am - 10:00 am
Lakeland Family YMCA
3620 Cleveland Heights Blvd
Lakeland, FL 33803 US
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Join us for the Lakeland Police Foundation's Annual Fallen Heroes Memorial 5K! You are going to be a part of a fun, family event showing support for local law enforcement and raising funds for the Lakeland Police Foundation.

Joy’s Journey 5k

May 16 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Winter Haven – Central Park Downtown
41 5th St NW
Winter Haven, FL 33881 US
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Joy’s Journey for Brain Cancer 5k Run & 1 mile Walk on Saturday, May 16th, 2020, 8:00 a.m. in downtown Winter Haven, FL. It’s a fun, challenging, and certified chip-timed 5K run/walk, and 1 mile fun walk for kids and adults, located in Downtown Winter Haven through Central Park and on the scenic Chain of Lakes Trail. This event is in honor of Joy Cochran, a native resident of Winter Haven and retired City of Winter Haven Employee who started her battle with Glioblastoma brain cancer during t...

Lakeland Summer Activities for Kids

Be sure to check out our Spring Activity Guide for Spring Break Camps, Spring Break activities, tips for attending Sun ‘n Fun & Mayfaire, details on Lakeland’s favorite annual Spring events, and more.