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.