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}

Lakeland Regional Health Hollis Cancer Center Promise Run
Saturday, February 29

Promise Run Lakeland Regional Health Cancer Center 5K 10K

Lakeland Regional Health Hollis Cancer Center Promise Run – Limited Time Discount Codes

The Lakeland Regional Health Hollis Cancer Center Promise Run celebrates its 6th Anniversary this year, and we've got two exclusive discount codes for Lakeland Mom readers.
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Use promo code LAKMOM to receive $10 off of Promise Run registration.
Kids under age 18 years old can use promo code STUDENT5K to register for only $10.

Carillon Classic 5K Run/Walk

February 29 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Bok Tower Gardens
1151 Tower Blvd
Lake Wales, FL 33853 US
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Enjoy a run or walk through one of Central Florida’s most beautiful courses as the Carillon rings out in celebration. Registration begins in December.

Viking Invasion 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Fun Run

LCS Viking Invasion 5k
March 7 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Lakeland Christian School
1111 Forest Park Street
Lakeland, FL 33803 US
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The 3rd annual Viking Invasion 5K Run/Walk and Kids' Fun Run will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020! The 5K will begin at 7:30 AM at Viking Stadium, with the Kids' Fun Run following at 8:45 AM. All proceeds will benefit the LCS Viking Fund.

Bartow Blarney Triathlon/5K

Bartow Blarney Triathalon 2020
March 14 @ 6:00 am - 1:00 pm
Bartow Civic Center
2250 S Floral Ave
Bartow, FL 33830 US
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Welcome to Bartow Blarney - a multi-sport extravaganza occurring the Saturday before or on St. Patrick’s Day annually. For our 2020 event we have added Duathlon (run/bike/run) and Aquabike (swim/bike only) options to the annual Triathlon and 5K.

Panther Point Trail Run 10k

Panther Point Trail Run
March 28 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Winter Haven – Marshall Hampton Reserve
3115 Thornhill Rd.
Winter Haven, FL 33880 United States
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Join the Panther Point Trail Run as they create an awareness and appreciation for the area lakes and watersheds! Nestled on the north east edge of Lake Hancock, Marshall Hampton Reserve is the site for this inaugural 10k. Join the Lakes Education Action Drive for this inaugural race to help maintain the trail that Hurricane Irma made the unsafe for the public. Marshall Hampton Reserve now has 13 miles of trails open for walkers and joggers.

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.

Judd Jog 5K

Judd Jog 5K
April 18 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am
Polk County Sheriff’s Office
1891 Jim Keene Blvd
Winter Haven, FL 33880 US
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The Judd Jog is an annual 5k presented by Polk Sheriff’s Charities, Inc. with all proceeds benefiting the United Way.The course is paved and begins and ends at the front of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office main office in Winter Haven.

Red Tent 5k

Red Tent 5k
April 18 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
First Presbyterian Church on Lake Hollingsworth
175 Lake Hollingsworth Drive
Lakeland, FL 33801 US
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Join us at 175 Lake Hollingsworth Dr., to support the work of Red Tent Initiative: Creating a Culture of Empowerment to End Abuse and Exploitation in our Communities. #AdvocateSupportEmpower

Tiger Trot 5K Run & Walk

Tiger Trot Lakeland 5K
April 18 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Tigertown at Joker Marchant Stadium
2220 N Lake Ave
Lakeland, FL 33805 US
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The Tiger Trot 5k Run and Walk will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium at Tiger Town, USA in Lakeland, FL. The race will start at 5:00pm, at the home of the Lakeland Flying Tigers and the spring training home of the Detroit Tigers. Virtual options are available!

Mayfaire Saturday Night

May 9 @ 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Lake Mirror Promenade
121 S Lake Ave
Lakeland, FL 33801 US
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Bring your lawn chairs or blankets for a free party on the shores of Lake Mirror, just two blocks north of Lake Morton. This event includes fireworks and the MIDFLORIDA Mayfaire 5K Race. (For more information about the race, contact Lakeland Runners Club.) Food and beverage vendors will be available on site.

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.

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.