5 Austin 5K Races that You will Actually Want to Run this Summer

5K Running

We know that running is hard. But trust us, it’s worth it and can even be fun. Austin proves this. By including color, festivals and afterparties into the mix, this amazing city is sure to keep you active and having a great time during these dog days. Register today to make some amazing memories this summer by racing in these eclectic and exciting Austin 5K races.

1. Color in Motion

Color in Motion

June 27, 2015

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Travis County Fairgrounds: 7311 Decker Lane, Austin, TX 78724

Who would say no to a chance to participate in an explosion of color? The Color in Motion 5K combines the health benefits of a 5K run with the fun of being constantly blasted with different colored powder. What more would you want on a Saturday morning? Also notice the 9 a.m. start time, i.e. no crazy early morning commitment. Color in Motion is partnering with Boneshaker for this run, an organization committed to helping kids lead active and healthy lifestyles.

2. Keep Austin Weird Fest and 5K

Keep Austin Weird Fest and 5K

June 27, 2015

Fest:  1:30 -10 p.m. The Long Center Grounds

5K: 7 p.m.  Riverside Drive (north of the Long Center)

Celebrate Austin’s weirdness by participating in the Keep Austin Weird Fest and 5K. Make your way to the Long Center in the afternoon to find good food, live music and weird attractions that only Austin can provide. The 5K run will begin at 7 p.m., and it will include 10 Fun Stops. We can only imagine what these stops will entail! Sign up and start putting together your weirdest costumes to show off during this fun-filled celebration of Austin!

3. Firecracker 5K

Fourth of July

July 4, 2015

8 a.m.

Fawn Park, Lago Vista, TX 78645

The Fourth of July is fast approaching. Do you know what you and your family are doing this year? Head out to Lago Vista where a scenic 5K run through the Texas Hill Country will be followed by a Fourth of July parade, live music, food and swimming. The event will conclude with a fireworks show over Lake Travis. Don’t miss out on this active and fun way to spend our country’s Independence Day!

4. Caleb 5K

Caleb Foundation

July 11, 2015

7:30 a.m.

Shoreline Church, 15201 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78728

Want a rewarding and fulfilling 5K run? This year, the Caleb 5K in North Austin is raising money for five different charities that are devoted to increasing the wellbeing of underprivileged children all over the world. These organizations include Caleb Foundation, Center for Child Protection, Palmer Drug Abuse Program, Manos de Cristo and Launchpad. Come out and run to help make our world a little better. After the race, stick around for the afterparty, which will include music, food, games and even an epic water balloon fight to help cool you off! Don’t miss out on this gratifying and exciting day!

5. Austin City Running Tours

City Running Tours

Austin sightrunning tours

Multiple runs held weekly

The Austin City Running Tours hosts multiple fun 5K runs through downtown Austin. These casual runs will take you past different Austin sights, from historical landmarks to some of the best bars and restaurants. These 5Ks are a great way to get a run in while making some new friends and learning about everything that downtown Austin has to offer. Most of their tours are held weekly throughout the summer and include runs such as:

Historic Downtown Run 5K

Texas Beer Run 5K

Bats and Ghosts Night Tour 5K