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5k Races to Run Now That You Made That Resolution

Embarking on a new year often means setting fitness goals, and what better way to kickstart that journey than by diving into Memphis’ bustling running scene?

In this guide, we’ve curated a collection of 5K races, serving as a compass for anyone seeking the thrill of the run in Memphis. From scenic routes to spirited community events, embrace the city’s energetic pulse while lacing up for these exhilarating races!

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Participate in team races.

When: Monday, January 15th, 2024, at 11AM

What: Embrace the spirit of unity and join the 3rd annual Race for Reconciliation in honor of Martin Luther King Day. Lace up for a meaningful 5K or 1-mile run/walk, embodying the dream for unity and solidarity. This event serves as a powerful reminder that together, through every step taken, we can make a difference. Gather your friends and family to participate in this impactful occasion filled with not just the race, but also food, fun, and a shared commitment to caring for the community of Memphis.


  • Individual and Family Registration — $45
  • Family discount (for 3 or more) — $20 off
  • Team Registration — $38 
  • Lemoyne Owen College students, faculty, and staff race FREE

Use promo code CHOOSE901 for $5 off!

Two young men standing next to each other at a race.

When: Saturday, January 20th, 2024, at 8AM

What: Get ready to make a stride for a cause at the Wolf River 5K. Not only does this race promise an exhilarating run, but it also directs a portion of its proceeds toward the Wolf River Conservancy and the Wolf River Greenway. Tie up those shoes and support the preservation and enhancement of our cherished natural Memphis resource. Your participation not only fuels your fitness but also contributes directly to the conservation efforts of the Wolf River. 

Cost: $35

Time travel races

When: Sunday, January 21st, 2024, at 9AM

What: Step into a time-traveling adventure at the Time Travel 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon—a unique race that’ll transport you through eras! Embrace the New Year with a fun, family-friendly event where you’ll hustle through miles designed to take you on a far-out journey. Get ready to groove alongside fellow runners, celebrating the start of the year with a blast from the past. With distances for everyone, from the little ones to seasoned runners, this race promises a rad experience for all. Join the adventure, secure your spot, and embark on a dino-mania running adventure. Stick around post-run for a wellness after-party and connect with race partners to kick-start those New Year’s resolutions!

Cost: $36 Event Fee + $4.28 SignUp Fee 

A finish line with a blue barrier at the end of races in front of a building.

When: Saturday, February 17th, 2024, at 8AM

What: Run around the Crosstown neighborhood this winter to benefit Church Health and your own health. A successful 3.1 miles will get you hot coffee, a post-race beer, and a hot meal from the Church Health Kitchen!

Cost: $35 

A snowman races with the words citizen frosty 5k on a purple background.

When: Saturday, February 17th, 2024, at 9AM

What: Jog on over to the 26th Annual Memphis Civitan Frosty 5K Run, a race dedicated to celebrating and supporting individuals with special needs. This event, available both in-person and virtually, stands as a testament to the Memphis community’s commitment to children and adults with special needs. Over the past 25 years, Memphis Civitan has made a significant impact by distributing funds to local charities that support these individuals. From SRVS Kids to Special Olympics Greater Memphis, your participation and support directly contribute to these admirable organizations. Not a runner? You can still make a difference by donating or registering as a Spirit Runner, ensuring your funds go toward making a lasting impact in the lives of these families. Join the Celebrating Abilities Run Event Series and be part of the meaningful journey to support our special friends who rely on our collective help!


  • 5k (Virtual and In-Person) — $30

* The fees above will increase by $5 on February 14th , 2024.

  • Spirit Runner — $25

This race is part of a 3 race series; Citivan Frosty 5K, Harwood Dash for Disabilities, and SRVS Bunny Run. If you complete all 3 races you will be able to connect all 3 medals into one really cool, large medal!

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A diverse group of races standing in front of a sign that says couple suffie.

When: Sunday, February 18th, 2023, at 9AM

What: Get ready to shuffle with your favorite partner at the annual Couple Shuffle! Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a fitness twist. Whether walking, running, or joining the kids’ dash, this event promises plenty of post-race delights and a spirited costume contest. Can’t make it in person? Opt for the virtual race option and still snag those fun goodies! With youth-based pricing and couple discounts, there’s something for everyone.


  • $32 Event Fee + $4.28 SignUp Fee
  • Sign up your Sweetheart and get $5 off each entry! 
  • Virtual — $40 Event Fee + $4.28 SignUp Fee
  • Volunteer then Run — $15 Event Fee + $3.83 SignUp Fee
  • Kid’s Dash — $15 Event Fee + $3.83 SignUp Fee
A blue archway with a sign that says start 2 finish, perfect for races.

When: Saturday, February 24th, 2024, at 8AM

What: Tie up your shoes for a scenic run through Memphis’ own Shelby Farms Park while contributing to the conservation and enhancement of this local treasure. Your participation directly benefits the efforts to maintain and preserve Shelby Farms Park, ensuring it remains a lively green space for the entire Memphis community. Let’s run together for a greener and healthier Shelby Farms Park!

Cost: $35

Harwood dash for disabilities races.

When: Saturday, March 2nd, 2024, at 9AM

What: Benefiting the Harwood Center and local Memphis non-profits, this annual race, in partnership with Memphis Civitan and SRVS, supports vital services for children in our community. Consider making a donation or becoming a fundraiser to further support the cause. Your participation and contributions make a significant difference in the lives of children in the Memphis area. 


  • $30
  • Virtual Runner — $20

This race is part of a 3 race series; Citivan Frosty 5K, Harwood Dash for Disabilities, and SRVS Bunny Run. If you complete all 3 races you will be able to connect all 3 medals into one really cool, large medal!

A collage of pictures of people participating in races.
Photo: Blair Ball Photography

When: Saturday, March 9th, 2024, at 8AM

What: Lace up for the Germantown Half Marathon and Mayor’s Cup 5K, set to kick off in the serene Wolf River Nature Area (East). Whether you’re taking on the challenging half marathon or the spirited 5K, this event promises scenic views and a spirited community atmosphere. Join fellow runners in this invigorating race experience amidst the beauty of the Wolf River Nature Area right in Memphis.

Cost: $35

The fast and furriest 5k races.

When: Saturday, March 16, 2024, at 8AM

What: Join the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County for a heartwarming cause at their dog-friendly 5K! Lace up to save precious lives of animals in our community, supporting their second chances since 1933. This event celebrates the resilience of these animals and the unwavering support from individuals like you. Enjoy a fulfilling day with the race, an award ceremony, and a chance to honor loved ones with commemorative signs along the route. Your participation not only supports these animals but also creates a lasting impact in their lives. 

Cost: *New Year’s Special* — $28

* The fee above will increase to $35 on January 18 , 2024.

Join the movement.

Memphis educators are making an impact in the lives of tomorrow's leaders today, and they need your help.
A group of people participating in a race with balloons.

When: Saturday, March 16th, 2024, at 9AM

What: Take strides toward literacy and community healing at The Healing Races of Memphis. This is a purpose-driven event aiming to raise awareness about illiteracy in our city. With race options for all ages and abilities, from a 1-mile fun walk to a 10K run, this event invites everyone to race for a noble cause. 


  • 5K Walker/Runner — $25

  • Children Event Ages 4-12 — $5

  • Team of 20 or more — $20 per person

  • Team of 15-19 — $21 per person

  • Team of 10-14 — $22 per person

  • Team of 5-9 — $23 per person

  • Students from grades 1 through 12 — FREE

* The fees above will increase by $5 on March 11 , 2024.

St. Patrick's Day races

When: Sunday, March 24, 2024, at 8AM

What: Gear up for the Time to Paddy 5K/10K and Lucky 13.1 Half Marathon, an annual St. Patrick-themed run for all ages! Join the festive ambiance with chip-timing, swag including designer shirts and medals, free photos, and a ‘biggest team’ contest. Family-friendly fun awaits with a kids’ dash and post-race treats. Can’t make it? Opt for the virtual race! Youth pricing available, and teams enjoy special perks.


  • 5k — $28.00 Event Fee + $3.98 SignUp Fee
  • Kid’s Dash — $15.00 Event Fee + $3.83 SignUp Fee
  • Volunteer and Run — $15.00 Event Fee + $3.83 SignUp Fee
  • Virtual Run — $40.00 Event Fee + $4.28 SignUp Fee
A collage of pictures of children from different races playing in a playroom.

When: Saturday, March 30th, 2024, at 9AM

What: Get ready to hop into action at the SRVS Bunny Run 5K on March 30th at Cancer Survivors Park! This event isn’t just about a run—it’s a stride towards empowerment for children with disabilities. Starting with a Kids’ Run and a lively Family Parade, the day unfolds with an exciting egg hunt, children’s games, and a special appearance by the Easter Bunny! By joining this fun-filled 5K, you’re contributing to SRVS Kids, a program dedicated to nurturing and supporting children with special needs in the Mid-South for over 30 years. Even if running isn’t your thing, you can still make an impact by donating to SRVS, ensuring continued support for essential services. The Bunny Run 5K marks the final race in the Annual Celebrating Abilities Race Event Series (CARES), benefiting SRVS, Harwood, and Memphis Civitan. Make a difference, one hop at a time!


  • $30
  • Virtual Runner — $20

This race is part of a 3 race series; Citivan Frosty 5K, Harwood Dash for Disabilities, and SRVS Bunny Run. If you complete all 3 races you will be able to connect all 3 medals into one really cool, large medal!

Keep that momentum going and stride confidently towards your goals—whether it's running a 5K, supporting a cause, or making a positive change. Remember, every step forward, no matter how small, counts toward a brighter, healthier, and more fulfilling year ahead!

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