Family Friendly 5K Races and Kids Fun Runs in the Lakeland area

5K Near Me Kids Fun Run Lakeland

With year-round sunshine here in Central Florida, you can find an abundance of 5k races, 10k races, and Fun Runs throughout the year! Fall and Spring 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 upcoming 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.  NEW in 2020 – some of your favorite races have gone virtual! Details below.

Click on the name of any event for more details. **Check directly with event organizers for any changes.**

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{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}


2020 Lakeland Magic 5K

The Lakeland Magic invites fans to participate in our annual 5K with the ease and safety of our new virtual format! Participants can run/walk a 5K (or 3.1 miles) any time between Friday, December 4th through Sunday, December 6th. All participants will receive an exclusive 2020 Lakeland Magic 5K finishers medal and official T-shirt. Proceeds from the event will benefit the United Way of Central Florida.


Lakeland Airport SUN n’ RUN 5k

December 5 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Lakeland Linder Regional Airport
3900 Don Emerson Dr
Lakeland, FL 33811 US
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Come join us for one of the most unique 5K race courses in Florida! Proceeds will go to the Lakeland Aeroclub, a high school flying club that teaches high school and college-age students how to fly and restore airplanes, as well as the Women in Aviation Lakeland Chapter.


December 5 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Bartow – Fort Fraser Trail
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The Fa,La,La,La PHEEL GOOD 5k is the perfect way to start the holiday season with family, friends, and others who enjoy sharing the holiday spirit. Put on your festive attire and walk or run 3.1 miles along a segment of the beautiful, paved Fort Fraser Trail in Bartow, FL.

Holly Jolly Jingle Bell Jog 5k

Jingle Bell Jog 5k Lakeland
December 12 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Cleveland Heights Golf Club
2900 Buckingham Ave
Lakeland, FL 33803 US
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Join the City of Lakeland for the Annual Holly Jolly Jingle Bell Jog 5k. Eeryone has the opportunity to come out to the Cleveland Heights Golf Course and jingle all the way! Proceeds from the event go to the perpetual care fund for the 3 Parks Trail. Virtual race option also available.