The average male 5K runner finishes the race in around 28 minutes, while the average female runner finishes in about 34 minutes, as of 2015. The average age of a 5K runner is 33 years old. Results for a 5K vary widely based on the runner's experience, age and gender.
The winning male in a 5K usually completes the race in about 12 to 15 minutes, and the winning female is finished in 16 to 19 minutes. Individuals who walk a 5K race may take an hour or longer to complete the course. Most runners are satisfied with a time between 20 and 25 minutes. New 5K runners should not focus on their race time, but instead focus on how they feel during the race. Individual runners should also compare their current race time against previous race times instead of comparing themselves to others.
Most beginning runners can train for a 5K race in as little as eight weeks. A typical training schedule involves two rest days, three to four run days, and one or two cross-training or strength-training days. Each week, the length of the run increases by 1/4 mile, working the runner up to a 3-mile run. Individuals may rest on their scheduled cross-training day if they feel sore or sluggish.