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How Many Miles Is A 10K?

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10K in Miles

One kilometer is .62 miles, so 10K is a running distance of 6.2 miles. In comparison, the 10K is twice as far as a 5K.

Fastest 10K Nations

According to the State of Running, the top 5 nations with the fastest 10,000-meter finish times:

  1. Switzerland
  2. Luxembourg
  3. Portugal
  4. Italy
  5. Poland

The Swiss (men and women) have the fastest 10-kilometer average finish time of 52 minutes and 42 seconds. In comparison, US 10,000-meter runners are ranked 32.

Fastest Men

The top 5 nations with the fastest 10-kilometer men:

  1. Switzerland
  2. Luxembourg
  3. Norway
  4. Portugal
  5. Italy

Swiss men are the fastest 10,000-meter runners in the world, with an average finish time of 48:23.

Fastest Women

The top 5 nations with the fastest 10-kilometer women:

  1. Portugal
  2. Switzerland
  3. Luxembourg
  4. Serbia
  5. Bulgaria

Portuguese women are the fastest 10,000-meter runners in the world, with an average finish time of 55:40.

10K Performance by Age

The fastest 10K runners are in their twenties or younger.

How long to run 10K (6.2 miles)? The time to finish a 10-kilometer race depends on your age, sex, and performance level. In general, younger runners are faster than older runners, and males run faster than females.

However, older runners at a higher performance level can run faster than younger runners. For example, a competitive 40 to 49-year-old, can run faster than a good 20 to 29-year-old.

When comparing the performance levels of men and women, the female fitness required to beat males is even greater. For example, competitive women ages 40 – 49 can run faster than average men ages 20 – 29.

In most cases, younger runners finish 10,000-meter races faster, and women typically finish slower.

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