Exciting Family-Friendly 5Ks, Walks, and Runs in Indianapolis

Are you looking for a place to run, walk, or jog to your heart’s content while your littles burn some energy at the same time? Maybe you love to run but need races that are stroller-friendly. Wondering “Where can I find 5ks near me?” Look no further! These upcoming family-friendly community 5ks are just for you.

Join the excitement of an Indianapolis 5k or other runs with your whole family. Many of these events are held to raise money for local charities, so your morning run can also support a cause close to your heart. Let your kids share in the spirit of giving back to others and prioritize physical fitness at the same time.

If you’re just looking for a fun morning out with the family, you have a whole range of creative 5k race themes to pick from! From bubble runs, to races that include donuts or ice cream, to 5ks sponsored by local sports teams, there’s sure to be something on our list to catch your kids’ attention!

Featured 5k

Heroes For The House Presented by IREM

June 15, 8:30 am

Location: NCAA Hall of Champions
Race Length: 5K Run/Walk and Rookie Run Available
Ages: All ages, 4 and under FREE
Stroller Friendly: Yes

Proceeds from this run help families with children in area hospitals stay at the nearby Ronald McDonald House at little or no cost. Participating in this race is a great way to give back to your community as a family. Kids can participate in games, activities, and a post-race Rookie Run just for them. Your race bib gives you free admission to the Hall of Champions after the race.

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Indianapolis Saint Patrick’s Day Wee Irish Mile

March 15, 11:15 am

Location: Starts at North Street and Pennsylvania Street intersection
Race Length: 1 mile
Ages: 5 and under FREE
Stroller Friendly: Yes

Participants are encouraged to join this 1-mile run dressed in their best Irish attire or even leprechaun costumes. This short event takes place before the city’s popular Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and is a precursor to the 5k Shamrock Run and Walk the next day. Save money when you register for both events! Be sure to register for the Wee Irish Mile in advance, because the number of participants is limited.

500 Festival Rookie Run

May 11, 12:30 pm

Location: Ohio and Meridian Street Intersection
Race Length: 2 blocks-1/3 mile, depending on age
Ages: 3-10
Stroller Friendly: No

The Rookie Run is an annual event held in conjunction with the Indy 500 Festival’s Kids Day on Monument Circle. Kids love participating on their own in a real race designed to fit their age and abilities. Just like a full 5k or race for adults, registration includes a numbered bib, finish line snacks, and a finisher’s medal. You won’t be able to run as a family, but you’ll have a blast cheering on your little athlete from the sidelines!

Find 5ks Near Me: Rookie Run

Franciscan Health Foundation Race For Kids

June 1, 8:30 am

Location: Franciscan Health Lafayette East Hospital
Race Length: 5K and Kids Dash Available
Ages: 10 and under FREE
Stroller Friendly: Yes

The Race for Kids is aimed to raise awareness and funds for Franciscan Health’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and other pediatric departments.  Registration opens at 8:30 am, the Kids Dash is scheduled for 9:15, and the 5k starts at 9:30. From 8:30-11 am, there will be a FREE Healthy Families Fun Fair taking place inside the hospital, with kid-friendly activity booths.

Broad Ripple Duck Race 5k

June 1, 10 am

Location: Start line at Guilford/Westfield Corner
Race Length: 5k and Fun Run
Ages: All ages welcome
Stroller Friendly: Yes

The Broad Ripple Duck Race is an exciting and adorable way to kick off summer fun. Start your day in the village with the 5k or Fun Run, then stay for kids’ activities at the Rainbow Bridge and watch as thousands of rubber duckies race down the canal to the finish line. The race route gives participants a scenic tour of Broad Ripple and registration includes a T-shirt (register before May 17) and Mylaps Bibtag Timing.

Hancock4Kids Superhero 5k and Kids Dash

June 15, 9 am

Location: Hancock County Courthouse Plaza
Race Length: 5K Run and Kids Dash Available
Ages: All ages welcome, Kids Dash is for participants up to first grade
Stroller Friendly: Yes

At this annual 5K, you can “come for the run, stay for the fun.” After the 5K and Kids Dash, you’ll find activities, prizes, raffles, and snacks for participants to enjoy together. All Kids Dash runners get a medal, and the youth and adult 5K registrations come with a medal and t-shirt. Your registration fees go towards Hancock4Kids’ mission to prevent child abuse in Indiana.

New Pal Dragon Dash

June 22, 8 am

Location: New Palestine Town Hall
Race Length: 5K/ 1 mile available
Ages: All ages welcome
Stroller Friendly: Yes

This is a fun event for the entire family!  5K and 1 Mile participants will receive a finisher’s medal and a t-shirt. Come dressed in your favorite tropical shirt — this year’s run is luau-themed! A portion of the proceeds from this race will help benefit a variety of organizations and arts groups in the community.

Spark! Fishers 5k

June 26, 6:15 pm

Location: Downtown Fishers at the NPD AMP
Race Length: 5k and 1-mile walk/run
Ages: All ages welcome
Stroller Friendly: Yes

The popular Spark! Fishers festival held each June includes a 5k and a new 1 mile walk/run event for all ages! Meet at the Nickel Plate District AMP for the walk at 6:15. The 5k kicks off at 7, and everyone can stick around for food trucks, music, and inflatables at the After Party from 7-9. Finishers receive a t-shirt, medal, and a free drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic available) from MashCraft Brewing at the party.

Hendricks County Rib Run

June 29, 9 am

Location: Hendricks County Fair Grounds
Race Length: 5K and Riblet Kids’ Run 1/4 mile race
Ages: All ages welcome, Riblet Run for ages 1-12
Stroller Friendly: Yes

Kick off the annual Rib Festival in Danville with this exciting way to start your day. The 5K begins at 9 am and the Riblet Kids Run begins one hour later at 10. Registration includes a t-shirt, a finisher’s medal, morning access to inflatable games and bounce houses, and $5 in festival cash to use towards food and drinks.

Christmas in July Half Marathon and 5k Indy

July 27, 7 am

Location: White River State Park
Race Length: 5k/Half Marathon available
Ages: All ages welcome to register
Stroller Friendly: Yes

Join this jolly run at White River State Park for a morning of festive family fun. The half marathon begins at 7 am, while the 5k starts an hour later at 8. Your registration fee includes lots of Christmas swag, snacks, prizes for top runners, and a post-race Christmas party.

Gateway Gallop 5k Run/Walk

August 3, 8 am

Location: Ben Davis High School, Indianapolis
Race Length: 5K
Ages: Family Rates Available
Stroller Friendly: Yes

Gateway Gallop, formerly known as the Flapjacks 5k, still serves pancakes at the end of the run! In collaboration with local breakfast restaurant, the Breakfast Company, this 5k benefits local trails on the west side of Indianapolis.  You can work for your breakfast, while raising funds and awareness for the continued development of the Far West B & O Trail in Marion County.

YMCA Thanksgiving Day Run/Walk Events

November 28, Time TBA


  • Perry Meridian High School: Annual Family Fun Turkey Run 4-miler, presented by Baxter YMCA
  • Fishers YMCA: Annual Wishbone 5K
  • Hendricks Regional Health YMCA: Annual Gobble Gallop 5K

Race Lengths: 5ks and 4-mile runs, dependent on location
Ages: All ages welcome
Stroller Friendly: Yes

Three YMCA locations throughout the region host family fun run events on Thanksgiving morning. Prepare for the coming feast with your whole crew by taking on one of these fun challenges.

Colts 5k

Summer 2024 Date TBA, 8 am

Location: Lucas Oil Stadium
Race Length: 5K/ Fun Run available
Ages: Child must be 7 years old to race in the 5K alone. All ages may participate with an adult companion.
Stroller Friendly: Yes

Experience the thrill of NFL football when you Finish at the 50! All 5K and Fun Run participants will receive an exclusive Colts 5K t-shirt, commemorative medal, and Preseason Game Ticket.

Find 5ks Near Me: Family finishing race together

Races We Hope to See Return

Some local races may not confirm events until later in the year. Many popular themed 5ks and runs are traveling operations. Just because your favorite run isn’t making it to Indy this year doesn’t mean we won’t see it here again soon! We’ll update this page when we learn of new races being added to the schedule.

The Great Amazing Race

Previous Location: Northwestway Park, Indianapolis

Foam Glow

Previous Location: Indiana State Fairgrounds

Spartan Sprint/Kids Race

Previous Location: Perfect North Slopes, Lawrenceburg

Tough Mudder- Mini Mudder For Kids

Previous Location: Ceraland Park, Columbus

Color Run

Previous Location: White River State Park


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