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Marathon Times by Age

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Fastest Marathon Runners by Age

Runners with ages 20 – 29 have the fastest average and good marathon performances. However, runners under 20 have the fastest advanced, and most competitive marathon performances. In general, the next fastest marathoners are ages 30 – 39, 40 – 49, 50 – 59, and over 60.

Average Marathon Times by Age

Times faster than 40% to 59% of runners are average performances. The table shows the average marathon times by age:

AgesAverage Marathon Times
Under 204:37:22 - 4:12:13
20-294:29:41 - 4:07:55
30-394:29:21 - 4:07:38
40-494:32:31 - 4:12:24
50-594:50:24 - 4:26:32
Over 605:22:35 - 4:53:10

Good Marathon Times

Times faster than 60% to 79% of runners are good performances. The table shows good marathon times by age:

AgesGood Marathon Times
Under 204:12:12 - 3:43:46
20-294:07:54 - 3:42:26
30-394:07:37 - 3:43:24
40-494:12:23 - 3:48:46
50-594:26:31 - 4:00:38
Over 604:53:09 - 4:25:01

Advanced Marathon Times

Times faster than 80% to 89% of runners are advanced performances. The table shows advanced marathon times by age:

AgesAdvanced Marathon Times
Under 203:43:45 - 3:22:39
20-293:42:25 - 3:23:11
30-393:43:23 - 3:25:26
40-493:48:45 - 3:31:58
50-594:00:47 - 3:44:46
Over 604:25:00 - 4:05:29

Competitive Marathon Times

Times faster than 90% to 95% of runners are competitive performances. The table shows competitive marathon times by age:

AgesCompetitive Marathon Times
Under 203:22:38 - 3:05:23
20-293:23:10 - 3:06:25
30-393:25:25 - 3:10:19
40-493:31:57 - 3:19:38
50-593:44:45 - 3:32:11
Over 604:05:28 - 3:51:52

Table data collect from the calculator at Run Repeat.

World’s Fastest Marathon Age

Eliud Kipchoge is the world’s fastest marathoner at the age of 37. He set a world record of 2:01:09 at the Berlin Marathon on September 25, 2022.

Marathon Performance by Age

A sub-4-hour marathon performance is good under 50. However, at age 50, a sub-4-hour marathon performance is advanced. Furthermore, at age 60 and over, a marathon time under 4 hours is a competitive performance.

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