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

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. 

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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}

FEATURED 5k RACES + FUN RUNS

UPCOMING 5k RACES + FUN RUNS

Color the Trail 5K: The Revenge of Sasquatch

February 6 @ 7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Bone Valley ATV Park
10427 County Rd 630 W
Mulberry, FL 33860 United States
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Color the Trail is an outdoor race that now features a 10k, 5k and 1 mile fun run! The courses will wind through the trails of Bone Valley ATV Park and consist of uneven terrain, small hills and possible Sasquatch sightings! Fun for all ages!

Holloway Half & 5K

February 6 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 am
Holloway Park Cross Country Course
2402 Holloway Park Dr
Lakeland, FL 33803 US
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Holloway Park, a beautiful private 360 acre urban park full of natural habitat, oak trees and rolling grass meadows is conveniently located in Central Florida. The park is host to a multitude of elementary up to college age races throughout the fall.

FITniche Runningtine’s Day 5k

February 13 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lake Hollingsworth
929 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, FL 33803 US
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FITniche is hosting a Runningtine's Day 5k around beautiful Lake Hollingsworth for anyone who loves to run! Participants receive a true "live" race experience, a GREAT shirt, bib and finisher swag -- because we want to share our love of running with everyone!

Light Up The Night 5k Winter Haven

February 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Winter Haven – Central Park Downtown
41 5th St NW
Winter Haven, FL 33881 US
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Join us for our 9th Annual Light Up The Night 5k. Come run, walk and GLOW through downtown Winter Haven to support our local community. A live music performance from Hunter Smith and a food truck party will follow in the Packing House at Grove Roots Brewery Co.

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

March 6 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Lakeland Christian School
1111 Forest Park Street
Lakeland, FL 33803 US
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The 4th annual Viking Invasion 5K Run/Walk and Kids' Fun Run will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2021! 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.

Mayfaire 5k Road Race & Walk

May 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Lake Mirror Promenade
121 S Lake Ave
Lakeland, FL 33801 US
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Embody the incredible spirit of our community with the 2021 edition of the Mayfaire 5k shirt and medal. Celebrate 42 years of the Mayfaire 5k with a run or walk from downtown Lakeland through the historic Lake Morton district. 

Joy’s Journey for Brain Cancer 5k Run & 1 mile Walk

May 15 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 am
Virtual Event

This event is a fundraiser benefiting families recently diagnosed with primary brain cancers and cancer research. It's a fun, challenging 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.

Summer Sunrise Watermelon Series 5k

June 12 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Lake Hollingsworth
929 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, FL 33803 US
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The Summer Sunrise Watermelon Race Series was born out of a desire to have low-cost local races during the hot summer months, when it can be hard to stay motivated. The series is comprised of three 5K (3.1 mile) races, each race hotter than the last.  All are run around Lake Hollingsworth, which is flat and conducive to fast times.  Your mission is to get faster with each race.  

Summer Sunrise Watermelon Series 5k

July 10 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Lake Hollingsworth
929 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, FL 33803 US
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The Summer Sunrise Watermelon Race Series was born out of a desire to have low-cost local races during the hot summer months, when it can be hard to stay motivated. The series is comprised of three 5K (3.1 mile) races, each race hotter than the last.  All are run around Lake Hollingsworth, which is flat and conducive to fast times.  Your mission is to get faster with each race.  

Summer Sunrise Watermelon Series 5k

August 14 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Lake Hollingsworth
929 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, FL 33803 US
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The Summer Sunrise Watermelon Race Series was born out of a desire to have low-cost local races during the hot summer months, when it can be hard to stay motivated. The series is comprised of three 5K (3.1 mile) races, each race hotter than the last.  All are run around Lake Hollingsworth, which is flat and conducive to fast times.  Your mission is to get faster with each race.  

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