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run for the cure or run for fun: 17 awesome 5Ks in philadelphia

5ks are come-one, come-all, and perfect for runners at all levels

Taylor Zantingh
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Running is one of the best pastimes in Philly! 👟🏆🏃🏻‍♀️ Find running buddies on the eseo app and check out this list of the best Philadelphia 5Ks happening this year.

Philadelphia has so many amazing 5Ks to take part in this summer. Whether you want to run to support a good cause, beat your PR, or make some new friends, the city has an event for you. 

Download the eseo app to meet new people to run with this summer, and check out our list of some of the best 5K races taking place in Philly in 2022.

17 Philadelphia 5Ks You Can Run This Summer

This summer, check out these fun-filled 5ks in Philly.

Night Nation Run

When: July 9, 2022

Where: 1100 Pattison Ave

The Night Nation Run is the world’s first running music festival. It blends music, light shows, and running for a one-of-a-kind social and athletic experience. The proceeds for the run support Stand Up To Cancer, an organization promoting innovations in cancer research. 

Women’s Philadelphia Triathalon

When: July 9, 2022

Where: Fairmount Park

The Women’s Philadelphia Triathalon is a women-only triathlon and 5K run through West Fairmount Park. The event will take place all weekend, but the 5K run is on Saturday.

Bassetts Eat & Run 5K

When: July 17, 2022

Where: 1 Citizens Bank Way

The Bassetts Eat & Run 5K is the most delicious running event in Greater Philly. The premise is simple: run 5K and take a break halfway through to eat a pint of ice cream.   

Philadelphia Twilight 5000

When: July 20 and August 20, 2022

Where: Franklin Field

The Philadelphia Twilight 5000 is the perfect opportunity to work on pace, endurance, and beating your PR. Taking place on a well-maintained track, you’ll run with athletes in your pace group so you’ll have a better chance of meeting your goals. 

TransPerfect Victory Lap

When: August 4, 2022

Where: FDR Park

The TransPerfect Victory Lap is a 5K run/walk that benefits the V Foundation for Cancer Research. Participants will enjoy a scenic run through the park, followed by a celebration.

Philly Mayor’s Cup

When: August 13, 2022

Where: Belmont Plateau

The Philly Mayor’s Cup is an iconic running event that pits members of our city’s best running clubs against each other in a battle for the honour of being crowned the Mayor’s Cup Champions. Runners enjoy a variety of runs, including a 5K cross country race. 

Corporate FunRun

When: August 17, 2022

Where: Fairmount Park

The Corporate FunRun is an evening run followed by a party. Enjoy free pizza and beverages, dancing, awards, and more after sweating it out on the scenic track at Fairmount Park.

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Belmont Plateau Hall of Fame Classic

When: August 27, 2022

Where: Belmont Plateau

The Belmont Plateau Hall of Fame Classic is a cross-country race that invites all ages and fitness levels to enjoy one of Philly’s iconic parks. The run is to benefit the city’s Parks and Recreation Department and the Fairmount Park Conservancy.

Miles for Melanoma

When: August 27, 2022

Where: Franklin Square

The Miles of Melanoma run is a nationwide series of 5K races. The runs are organized to benefit the Melanoma Research Foundation.

911 Heroes Run

When: September 10, 2022

Where: The Navy Yard

The 911 Heroes Run is a 5K that encourages runners of all skill levels to come together to commemorate those impacted by 9/11. 

Philadelphia Distance Run

When: September 18, 2022

Where: Eakins Oval

The Philadelphia Distance Run is one of the most iconic running events in Philly. Widely regarded as the city’s kickoff to marathon season, participants can run a half marathon or a 5K. 

Race to Cure Sarcoma

When: September 24, 2022

Where: Warminster Community Park

The Race to Cure Sarcoma is a series of two races organized in support of the Sarcoma Foundation of America. Choose to participate in the timed 5K or the 1-mile fun run/walk.

Parkway Run & Walk

When: September 25, 2022

Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway

The Parkway Run & Walk is a series of races raising money for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia cancer research and care centre. Participants can choose between a 5K run or a 2K walk.

Miles for Migraine

When: October 1, 2022

Where: 200 W Northwestern Ave

The Miles for Migraine event is a series of races to benefit the Jefferson Headache Center and Children’s Hospitals of Philadelphia. It is a hybrid event and runners can choose to complete a 2-mile walk or 5K run.

Shriners Walk and 5K for Love

When: October 1, 2022

Where: Philadelphia Zoo

The Walk for Love & 5K event is an annual race held at the Philly Zoo. Participants are free to run or walk the course and proceeds benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children

2022 Crusader Classic 5K

When: October 2, 2022

Where: Father Judge High School

The Crusader Classic 5K is an annual running event hosted by Father Judge High School.

Lisa’s Army Pumpkins in the Park 5K

When: October 8, 2022

Where: In front of the Please Touch Museum

The Lisa’s Army Pumpkins in the Park 5K is a family-friendly Halloween running event. Participants are welcome to run, walk, pick a pumpkin, and enjoy the kid’s tent activities. 

Get Your Sweat On at One of These Philadelphia 5Ks

That’s it for our list of this season’s 5K events in Philly. Whether you want to run for your health or to support a great cause, the city has a great running event for you.

If you’re interested in meeting new people to run with in the city, download the eseo app. We’re cultivating a community of athletes and sports fans in Philadelphia. And don’t worry—if you can move, you’re an athlete!

Still looking for a run? Check out Run The Day's race directory!

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5ks are come-one, come-all, and perfect for runners at all levels