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5K Times By Age

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Fastest 5K Runners by Age

The fastest 5K runners are ages 20 to 29, and the second-fastest runners are ages 30 to 39. However, runners under age 20 with times faster than 80% to 95% are as fast as 30-something runners. In other words, speedy teenagers can compete with thirty-year-olds.

Average 5K Times by Age

EnduraRun average performance level is faster than 40% to 59% of runners. The table shows the average 5K times by age:

AgesAverage 5K Times
Under 2036:42 - 32:14
20-2933:27 - 30:02
30-3935:04 - 31:22
40-4936:25 - 32:23
50-5939:13 - 34:18
Over 6045:48 - 39:16

Good 5K Times

EnduraRun good performance level is faster than 60% to 79% of runners. The table shows good 5K times by age:

AgesGood 5K Times
Under 2032:13 - 27:46
20-2933:27 - 30:02
30-3931:21 - 27:31
40-4932:22 - 28:18
50-5934:17 - 29:42
Over 6039:15 - 32:49

Advanced 5K Times

EnduraRun advanced performance level is faster than 80% to 89% of runners. The table shows advanced 5K times by age:

AgesAdvanced 5K Times
Under 2027:45 - 24:44
20-2926:15 - 23:27
30-3927:30 - 25:49
40-4928:17 - 25:34
50-5929:41 - 26:49
Over 6032:48 - 29:15

Competitive 5K Times

EnduraRun competitive performance level is faster than 90% to 95% of runners. The table shows competitive 5K times by age:

AgesCompetitive 5K Times
Under 2024:43 - 22:22
20-2923:26 - 20:50
30-3924:48 - 22:20
40-4925:33 - 23:14
50-5926:48 - 24:32
Over 6029:14 - 26:48

Table data was collected using the calculator at Run Repeat.

World’s Fastest 5K Age

What was the age of the world’s fastest 5K runner? Twenty-three years and eleven months. The fastest 5K runner was nearly age 24.

The 5K world record holder is Joshua Cheptegei, born on September 12, 1996. A month before his 24th birthday, he set the 5K world record on August 13, 2020. His finishing time was 12:35. 

5K Performance

Read the eBook, How Fast Are You Really, to compare 5K, 10K, Half, and Marathon performance by age, pace, and sex.

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