The 15 Best 10Ks in the US in 2024

As much as we love half marathons, our expertise in the 13.1 mile distance also lends itself to knowledge in longer (like the best marathons) and shorter distances – like the best 10Ks. 

For newer runners, the 10K race is a manageable challenge. The 6.2 mile distance is a stepping stone to running longer distances and, often, a lifelong pursuit of endurance running.

And for seasoned runners, a 10K is the perfect opportunity to focus on speed. An experienced runner can use the opportunity to push the limits over a shorter distance.

While many people turn half marathons and full marathons into running vacations, there are select 10Ks we recommend as destination races. With so many 10Ks hosted every year, it’s hard to decipher which ones are actually worth traveling for.

That’s where we come in. 

In this article, we’ll share why you should consider a 10K for your next destination race and the best 10Ks in the US to add to your 2024 racing calendar.

The Criteria of a Destination 10K Race

How did these 10K races make our list? We evaluated these races for criteria like:

  • The number of participating runners
  • How many years the race has been around
  • The strength of the historical race production
  •  And ties to the local community

When these four factors are combined, we find they make for a running experience that merits a destination race recommendation. It’s harder to make this qualification for a distance below the half marathon. But, here’s a few reasons you might consider a 10K from this list in 2024:

  • The 10K requires less recovery. While there are plenty of wonderful half marathon and full marathon destination races to pick from. Running these long distances while traveling can be taxing and exhausting. A 10K is the perfect destination race distance because you’ll be less sore and have more energy to explore after the race.
  • The 10K requires less preparation. If you sign up for a destination 10K, you won’t need to worry about packing running gels or bringing too much running gear.
  • The 10K provides a more relaxed running experience. Training for a 10K is less time-consuming than training for a half or full marathon. This can make for a more relaxed experience overall.
  • It’s a perfect opportunity to run with family and friends. A 10K race is relatively beginner-friendly, so you might be able to convince your family and friends to join you!

The Best 10Ks Around the United States 

Now that you know the perks of running a destination 10K race, let’s take a look at the best 10Ks in the US that are worth making a trip for. 

CAP10K in Austin, TX

In its 47th year, the Cap10K is a running institution. On April 7, 2024, over 15,000 runners will show up to Texas’s capital city (hence, the clever name) of Austin.

The race begins on Austin’s bustling South Congress Avenue, home to modern hotels, retailers, and restaurants. It then takes runners on a path to the Texas Capitol Building before its crosstown dash to the west side where the remainder of the course follows the Johnston Creek Greenbelt and the Colorado River, or as Austin locals call it, Lady Bird Lake. 

The race’s finish takes place at Vic Mathias Shores at Town Lake Metropolitan Park, a waterfront park in the center of the city that provides panoramic views of downtown Austin, the river, and the Palmer Events Center.

Despite its race finish in the park, the course itself is not a walk in one. Between the first and fifth kilometer of the race, runners experience over 100 feet of elevation gain. But, take it from us, the juice is worth the squeeze. If you’re not committing to something of great distance (think half marathon or longer), our recommendation is to optimize for your experience.

Meaning- find races that have big crowds, great product, and are at the center of running culture in a city. The Cap10K does all three exceptionally well. 

The finish line party, affectionately known as the Finish Line Festival, has a cocktail corner with its partner, Austin-founded Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Additionally, local food trucks, an autograph wall, photo opportunities, and local businesses help aid in a speedy recovery after the race.

Not that you’ll need it, but if you’re making the trip from outside of Austin, you’ll be a stone’s throw away from Terry Black’s Barbecue which, next to Franklin’s, is Austin’s most popular barbecue joint.

April 7, 2024 | Register

Bay Bridge 10K in Annapolis, MD

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Bay Bridge 10K in Annapolis, MD | November 2024

It’s not every day that you can cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on foot, but the Bay Bridge 10K offers a unique opportunity to explore this landmark from a new perspective. Because of its interesting course, this beloved Maryland tradition has become one of the largest mid-distance running events in the US with about 20,000 runners each year.

During the race, runners take off from Northrop Grumman’s aerospace and defense campus towards the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. After this half-mile stretch, runners begin ascending the bridge, climbing nearly 200 feet in the first two miles. With spectacular panoramic views of the bay from this point, the gradual climb is definitely worth the effort. 

After reaching its maximum elevation at the 2-mile mark, it’s smooth sailing for the rest of the course. Runners enjoy coasting down the bridge for two miles before reaching its end. The fun doesn’t end there, though. With a couple of miles remaining, runners complete the final stretch on the eastern shore before crossing the finish line. There, they’ll enjoy the after-party full of food, drinks, live entertainment, and family-friendly activities.

November 2024 | Register

Peachtree Road Race 10K in Atlanta, GA

No list of 10Ks is complete without mentioning Atlanta’s Peachtree Road Race. With 60,000 participants each year, it’s the biggest 10K in the world! Taking place annually on Independence Day for over 50 years. This race is more than just a run- it’s a Fourth of July tradition. 

On race day, runners decked out in red, white, and blue take the streets of Atlanta by storm. Starting from the upscale district of Buckhead, runners make their way to Midtown and finish the 6.2 miles in Piedmont Park. 

All along the way, the streets are packed with runners and enthusiastic crowds. With hills throughout the course and Atlanta’s summer heat, this race does come with a few challenges. However, the event’s electric energy and sheer size make it a race you should experience at least once in your life.

There’s a lottery to enter this race, or runners can join the Atlanta Track Club for guaranteed entry. 

July 4, 2024 | Register

Bay to Breakers 12K in San Francisco, CA

Slightly longer than a 10K, the Bay to Breakers 12K still deserves a spot on our list for its eccentric vibe. Since its inaugural race in 1912, this quintessential San Francisco run has perfectly blurred the lines between race and street party.

Aside from the first corrals that are reserved for the elites, most participants don’t run this race for speed but for the experience instead. With tons of funky costumes and some free-spirited runners even baring it all. This race is for runners looking to enjoy the journey.

While winding through nine of San Francisco’s most iconic neighborhoods, runners will experience beautiful sights, like the Golden Gate Park, buzzing support on every street, and in true San Francisco style, lots of hills (Hayes Street Hill at the 2-mile mark is a beast). 

A 7.45-mile party, you might forget that you’re racing at times, but that’s what makes this event such a blast.

May 19, 2024 | Register

Marine Corps Marathon 10K in Washington D.C.

With big crowds and heavy support from the US Military, the Marine Corps Marathon 10K offers a unique way to experience the nation’s capital. Following the same route that the end of the full marathon course does, the MCM 10K takes participants by some of D.C.’s most historic landmarks.

After starting in the National Mall, runners pass the Jefferson Memorial and cross a bridge. Then, the course takes runners through Crystal City, by the Pentagon, and through Arlington National Cemetery to the finish line at the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial. 

All along the way, runners are supported by the Marines, tons of volunteers, and large crowds of spectators. From start to finish, the whole event is truly inspiring.

October 27, 2024 | Register

Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston, SC

Despite being the third largest 10K in the US, the Cooper River Bridge Run is extremely well-organized. However, the true highlight of this race is, as the title suggests, the bridge. 

After starting the race in the nearby town of Mount Pleasant, runners make their way to the Cooper River Bridge. With the slogan “Get Over It,” this race is notorious for its challenging bridge climb. That being said, making it to the top of the bridge promises unparalleled views of the Cooper River on each side and the city of Charleston in the foreground.

From the bridge, racers head to King Street, one of Charleston’s most popular streets, to finish the 6.2 miles. The crowds during the final two miles are massive and provide plenty of motivation to complete the race.

April 6, 2024 | Register

BOLDERBoulder 10K in Boulder, CO

Named America’s All-Time Best 10K, the BOLDERBoulder has been a fan-favorite since its start 44 years ago. As one of the most well-established 10Ks out there, this race is much more than a Colorado staple. Each year, about 50,000 runners and 70,000 spectators travel from near and far to get in on the action here. 

Boulder sits at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. This high-altitude course is moderately hilly with noticeable climbs at the beginning and end. While runners make their way through Boulder’s charming neighborhoods, the entire town comes out to encourage runners. The sideline shenanigans and lively crowd support make this race’s atmosphere electrifying.  

The race features one of the most iconic finish lines of all time. The BOLDERBoulder concludes inside the University of Colorado’s Folsom Field. After the unforgettable finish on the field, participants take part in the largest Memorial Day tribute in the country. This high-energy event is the perfect way to spend the Memorial Day holiday. 

May 27, 2024 | Register Soon

Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas 10K in Las Vegas, NV

It takes a special kind of event to shut down the Las Vegas Strip, and the Rock ‘n’ Roll 10K is just that. Nicknamed “The World’s Largest Running Party,” this 10K puts the fun in fun run. 

Starting from Las Vegas Boulevard, runners head toward downtown Las Vegas before looping back for an electric finish at the Mirage. During the course, there’s plenty to see and do with live music, games, and racers dressed up in all kinds of costumes. 

After finishing this energizing race, you’ll claim your glow-in-the-dark finisher medal. You’ll be in the perfect place to celebrate your victory.

February 25, 2024 | Register

Walt Disney World 10K in Orlando, FL | January 5, 2024

It seems like the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend races appear on almost every list we make, but for good reason! Simply put, running through the Disney Parks surrounded by so many other runners is just magical. 

During the 10K, runners race around Epcot and get to enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at several areas that are usually closed off to the public. Throughout the race, runners have countless opportunities to stop and visit Disney characters, take photos, and enjoy live entertainment. Whether it’s your first 10K or your 100th, this race is an incredibly fun experience unlike any other 10K. 

To register for this race, make sure to buy tickets as soon as registration opens as they sell out quickly every year. Mark your calendars now to secure tickets for 2025!

January 5, 2024 | Register

Philly 10K in Philadelphia, PA

A local race with big-time crowd support, the Philly 10K is well-organized, fun, and fast. Although the race began somewhat recently in 2014, it has quickly become one of the city’s most beloved races. Since its start 10 years ago, every August, the residents of Philly come out to show racers why Philadelphia is called “The City of Brotherly Love.”

Part of what makes this race so special is its unique course. As one of the only races to take place in South Philly, runners get the chance to experience a historic part of the city. Known for its hometown feel, this area consists of charming neighborhoods where everyone seems to know everyone. Racing through this part of town, the welcoming atmosphere is definitely felt by runners. 

It’s quite the frenzy to reserve a spot for this race. The event is only open to a limited number of racers. The 2024 registration will open soon, so make sure you’re prepared to snag tickets!

August 2024 | Register

Falmouth Road Race in Falmouth, MA

Hosted by ASICS, this premier race draws elites, Olympians, and recreational runners to the Cape Cod area each summer for its stunning seaside course. Since being established 51 years ago, the Falmouth Road Race has become an East Coast tradition that runners sign up for year after year.

Just over seven miles long, the course follows an oceanfront road full of scenic sights, like the Nobska Lighthouse and Falmouth Harbor. The few hills during the first 3 miles and the steady climb right before mile 7 will make you extra thankful for the flat section in the middle. 

While the course is lovely, what truly sets this 10K apart from the rest is the epic crowd support. According to some past runners, the Falmouth Road Race feels like a mini Boston Marathon because of how many spectators line the streets for this event. 

August 2024 | Register

Crescent City Classic in New Orleans, LA | March 30, 2024

For almost 45 years, 20,000 runners have gathered the Saturday before Easter to run one of America’s fastest 10Ks. A fun run for some and a competitive race for others, this scenic 10K prides itself on being inclusive to all. 

Taking place in the heart of New Orleans, the Crescent City Classic begins in front of Caesars Superdome. The course winds through the iconic French Quarter and then up the beautiful Esplanade Avenue. With its lovely finish line at New Orleans City Park, runners enjoy a shaded finish under the park’s historic oak trees.

As much as this course is rave-worthy, the post-race party hosted by Michelob Ultra is equally exciting. Complete with live music, classic New Orleans cuisine, and of course, cold beverages, there’s no better way to kick off the Easter weekend.

March 30, 2024 | Register

Monument Avenue 10K in Richmond, VA | April 20, 2024

Sometimes, we end a race and think, “Been there, done that.” With the Monument Avenue 10K, that’s not the case. Somehow, this race seems to get better and better each year, which is why it attracts so many repeat runners. 

Despite feeling like a local race, this well-organized 10K brings 20,000 runners together to enjoy the best of Richmond. Taking place primarily on Park Avenue and Monument Avenue, this race showcases Richmond’s most gorgeous streets lined with stunning homes and six bronze sculptures. Not only is the course beautiful, but it’s also flat! 

Furthermore, the course is always bustling with excitement, with live bands nearly every kilometer, porch parties, and high-energy crowds everywhere you look. Fun, flat, and well-supported, the Monument Avenue 10K rightfully earns high marks. 

April 20, 2024 | Register

7 Mile Bridge Run in the Florida Keys, FL

Officially started in 1982 to celebrate the opening of the Florida Keys’ 7 Mile Bridge, this race quickly became a hit. In its 22nd year, this race is still adored for its bucket-list course.

While running on the shut-down road that connects many of the Florida Keys, you’ll experience breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico every step of the way. The course is mostly flat, but there is a slight ascent towards the middle of the bridge. The Florida heat can make this race a bit challenging, but the scenery makes it worth the sweat. 

With only 1,500 spots each year, there’s a lot of competition to register for this race. If you can secure a spot, you’ll be rewarded with a lovely running vacation in the Florida Keys. 

April 13, 2024 | Register

Lululemon 10K Tour in Los Angeles, CA

After the success of the Scottsdale Lululemon 10K, we thought the upcoming Los Angeles 10K deserved a shout-out as well! 

With about 7,500 runners who participated in the Scottsdale race, the event felt like an upbeat running party. Praised for the encouraging support, amazing swag and post-race events, and fun environment, this event was a true celebration of the Scottsdale running community.

The LA race is expected to be just as epic. With such a big community of health-conscious people in LA, this event is sure to draw a huge crowd. Like the Scottsdale event, it’ll also feature an awesome Lululemon race shirt, an official Lululemon training plan, and post-race massages, yoga, and recovery resources.

With races in just a couple of cities each year, you don’t miss your chance to run a Lululemon 10K!

March 30, 2024 | Register

2 comments… add one
  • Nestor Castano January 6, 2024, 4:06 pm

    Don’t forget The Great Cow Harbor 10K race taken place during the month of September through the beautiful bay village of Northport in Long Island, NY this race is the best organized 10K in the US using the wave system to start the race.

  • Brian Mister December 27, 2023, 5:20 pm

    Great list! Be sure to check out Around the Crown 10K in Charlotte, NC as well! Coming up on year 6 of shutting down the Queen City’s inner beltway for 7,000 runners.

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