All your marathon questions answered including how long is a marathon, how fast do people run a marathon, how many people run a marathon, average marathon time, marathon race pace, oldest person to run a marathon, and so much more!
First, how long is a marathon? A marathon is 26.2 miles. Now that we got that out of the way let’s talk about average marathon time. Knowing your goal marathon time is a great way to help you figure out your marathon race pace. Using a race pace calculator is the next step. This will help you figure out your pace per mile and your finish time.
Average marathon times depend on which race you are running. For example, the average for the Boston Marathon will be much faster than the average for the Disney World Marathon because Boston has strict time requirements (except for charity runners), while the Disney World Marathon does not.
According to VeryWellFit.com:
Average Marathon Finishing Time
“In terms of average marathon times, the median marathon finishing time in 2016 for men in U.S. marathons was 4:22:07 (9:59 minutes per mile pace), according to Running USA. The median finishing time for women was 4:47:40 (10:58 minutes per mile pace).”
Here are some median marathon times by race:
Average Boston Marathon Finishing Time 3:54
Average Chicago Marathon Finishing Time 4:34
Average San Francisco Marathon Finishing Time 4:34
Average New York City Marathon Finishing Time 4:37
Average Los Angeles Marathon Finishing Time 5:32
Average Disney World Marathon Finishing Time 5:48
In 1980 only 10% of marathon runners were women, but in 2015 44% were women.
In 2016, there were 713 marathons in the United States.
Fauja Singh ran the 2011 Toronto Marathon as age 100.
What do Oprah, Will Ferrell, George W. Bush, Sean Combs, Pamela Anderson, and Katie Holmes have in common? They have all ran a marathon.
In 2018, 100,000 runners applied for entry to the NYC Marathon lottery and only 15% were accepted.
$35.5 million is the amount raised in 2017 for charities by nearly 9,300 NYC Marathon runners.
A 140-pound woman running 10-minute miles will burn 2,777 calories during a marathon.
During the Great Wall Marathon in China, racers run 5,164 steps along the great wall during their 26.2 miles.
No matter what your pace though, just finishing a marathon puts you in a category with just 0.5% of the US population.