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Family Friendly 5K Races and Kids Fun Runs in Lakeland + Polk County

5k Near Me Lakeland Florida

With year-round sunshine here in Central Florida, you can find an abundance of local 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 one of these Central Florida running events and cheer each other on as you cross the finish line!

Below you’ll find a list of upcoming 5k races near you in Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, Lake Wales, and Polk County / Central Florida. 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. **Check directly with event organizers for any changes.**

For longer races including 10k events and marathons, check with the Lakeland Runners Club and FITniche Events.

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}

5k RACES + FUN RUNS in 2024


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