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What's a Good Finishing Time for a 5K?
5K race times for runners can be pretty subjective: What's a great time for one person may be a disappointment for another. Just look at the previous results for a particular (3.1 miles) on the website for the event. It will show the times of the age group winners, those who finished in the middle of the pack, and those who finished at the bottom.
What you'll probably discover is that finishing times for a 5K span a very wide range because there's usually a mix of experienced, fast runners and beginner runners and walkers. The winning male may finish the 5K course between 13 to 15 minutes and the winning female may finish in the 16-to-19-minute range.
And of course, folks who walk may take more than an hour to finish. But all in all, most people are satisfied if they finish a 5K in 20 to 25 minutes, which translates to running at a 6:26/mile to 8:21/mile pace.
5K Finish Times:
- First place male: 13 to 15 minutes
- First place female: 16 to 19 minutes
- Average runner: 20 to 25 minutes
- Walkers: 45 to 60 minutes
How Your 5K Time Compares
All that said it's important to take into consideration factors such as gender and age when comparing 5K race results. Generally speaking, men will finish more quickly than women, and younger people tend to run faster than older ones. Level of experience can make a big difference too. An experienced older runner actually may outpace a younger beginner, for example.
One way to put all 5K participants on a level playing field, regardless of age and gender, is by using a system called age-grading. Age-graded results allow you to compare your race times to those of other runners in the race, as well as to the standard for your age and gender. You can use this to figure out your age-graded race time to get a comparison of how your finishing time compares with others.
Compete Against Yourself
If you're a novice runner, try not to get hung up on your finishing time when you run your first 5K. Focus instead on how you feel during the race and especially on the incredible excitement and sense of accomplishment you're bound to experience when you cross the finish line.
Once you gain more racing experience, absolutely focus on your performance, but try not to compare yourself to others. A great thing about running races is that you can compete against yourself.
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