What Is an Average Time for a 5k Run?

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The average 5k run time depends on the level of experience of the runner. If someone just starting out runs a 12-minute mile, he will complete the race, which is roughly 3.1 miles, in about 37 minutes. If a more experienced runner runs a 9-minute mile, he will finish the race in about 28 minutes.

The average time for a 5k depends primarily on experience level, but other factors such as road conditions, hills, temperature, a crowded field of competition and proper hydration and nutrition also factor into a 5k race time. It is important for a runner to keep track of his own practice run times in order to discover an average for the 5k race day.

A 5k run is short enough for almost anyone to complete, regardless of fitness. The distance typically attracts competitive runners, who usually target a finishing time lower than 20 minutes, and walkers, some of whom can take over an hour to finish the distance. The winning male of a 5k race usually comes in under 15 minutes, while the leading female often crosses the finish line in 16 to 19 minutes.