5 Must Run Seattle 5k Races
Seattle has carved a reputation for itself as having some of the most fun running events in the country. Whether you want to get out there and grab a new 5k PR, or just run a casual race and have a chocolate overdose, these are some of the best 5k races to check out in, and around the Seattle area!
The Hot Chocolate 5k usually happens in early spring. The run motivates its participants with treats (including a fondue pot!) at the finish line, rightfully earning the self proclaimed title of tastiest race in the country. The USATF certified course has some mild elevation throughout (total change of 255 ft), and sends runners on an extended loop, starting and finishing at the Seattle Center. With the combination of pretzels and pacing, it’s a good idea to register for this race well in advance to secure a spot.
The Top Pot Doughnut Dash takes place in Green Lake park, and weaves through the lush greenery and scenic winding roads. Runners receive a Top Pot Doughnut Dash limited edition t-shirt and, of course, a Top Pot hand crafted doughnut when they finish the course. The great race setting and promise of quality post race doughnuts have made this event one of Seattle’s most beloved classic 5k races.
Mother’s Day is the best day to show the world you can Run Like A Mother! The Run Like a Mother 5k encourages women of all ages to be healthy and fit. Runners get yo compete on a beautiful course, and then enjoy a fantastic after party focused on celebrating moms and active females.
This race benefits the West Seattle High School, specifically to improve underfunded programs in math, science, music, drama, and communications. Travelling through Puget Sound, participants will enjoy the Seattle skyline and the fresh air of Alki Beach. This scenic course usually runs from up the coast line following Alki Avenue SW, and then doubles back to return to the starting point. Celebrate our future after helping kids succeed by enjoying Car Free Sunday all day, grab a bite to eat at one of Alki’s famous restaurants, or simply relax in the sand after a job well done.
This fast 5k is the perfect way to start the summer season! With an almost entirely flat course, the race attracts local elites, as well as recreational runners. Make sure to come early for the briefcase relay! There’s enough time to do both, if you have a team of five runners who are willing to really work for their beer garden pass.
Already experienced each of these races? Check out the RunGuides list of Seattle 5k runs for a complete list of Seattle 5k running events. Looking for a longer romp? Have a look at the complete Seattle runs calendar to find all of the runs near you!