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How Long Will It Take to Run a 10K?


Updated May 22, 2014

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Question: How Long Will It Take to Run a 10K?

"Is there a way I can predict my time for my upcoming 10K race?"

Answer: If you're running an upcoming 10K race (6.2 miles), it's possible to estimate your finishing time by using a previous race time and plugging it into a race time prediction calculator. If you've never run a race before, you can test yourself by running a mile at the fastest pace you can comfortably go. Then, use either your race time or your mile test time in a race time predictor calculator such as this one:

Running for Fitness Race Predictor: Type in your age, gender, and time/distance from a recent race or your mile fitness test. You'll see how you might perform in the 10K, as well as race distances. This calculator shows several predictions, based on different formulas. Look at the average time prediction for the 10K km to see your estimated time.

More About 10K Race Times
It's important to know that the time prediction is just an estimation of what you could possibly run, if you complete the appropriate training for your 10K race and run to your potential. It doesn't mean that you'll automatically run that time because of your fitness level. In addition, the course elevation, weather conditions, your previous racing experience, and how you're feeling that day will also factor into your finishing time.

Some beginner runners who've never raced before worry that they'll be the last person to finish. (That's almost always not the case.) If you're wondering where you might place (top 25%, back of the pack, etc.) in the 10K that you're running, look online at the results from last year's race. The number of runners and the range of finishing times will probably be similar this year.

Also see: 10K Training Schedules
What's a Good Time for a 10K?
Tips for Your First 10K

Other Race Distances: How Long Does it Take to Run a 5K? l How Long Does it Take Run a Half Marathon? l How Long Does it Take to Run a Marathon?


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