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}


Ironkids Florida Haines City

IRONKIDS Florida Kids Fun Run and Dip N Dash

December 12, 2020
Lake Eva Park in Haines City is the host of IRONMAN Florida and includes both a Fun Run and Dip n' Dash opportunity for kids ages 6 months - 17 years! IRONKIDS Dip 'n' Dash is a fun and fast-growing sport that combines swimming and running with a 100 Meter Swim/1Mile Run just for kids. IRONKIDS Fun Run includes 1/2 mile and 1 mile races, as well as the Diaper Dot Dash and Toddler Dot Trot.
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Lakeland Police Foundation Fallen Heroes Memorial 5K

LPD Police 5K
August 29 @ 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.

Leading Edge Take Heart 5K Run/Walk

Take Heart 5K
September 26 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 am
Lake Hollingsworth
929 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, FL 33803 US
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The third annual 5k is being presented by Leading Edge to benefit Take Heart Project. Take Heart will use the funds raised by this event to provide housing, education, job training, and medical care to women and young teenage girls and will aid in the prevention of these women and girls falling victim to human trafficking, disease, and poverty.

Lakeland Airport SUN n’ RUN 5k

Lakeland Airport SUN FUN 5k
October 3 @ 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.

Joy’s Journey 5k

October 3 @ 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...

Mayfaire 5k Road Race & Walk

May 8, 2021 @ 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 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.