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Average half-marathon time by age, gender and ability

Why discussing half-marathon

The half marathon is not only one of the best races you can run, but also it’s a prestige distance that is a staple stone before hitting your first (or every) marathon you have in your schedule. Often professional and amateur athletes like to hit a half-marathon as a build-up race about a month before their marathon. Furthermore, a half-marathon can also be a great choice for racing if you want to build a good base before aiming to run some fast 10k and 5k times. If you haven’t done one, definitely go for it this season and see what you can do. To know how well you have run, or want to run, we provide you this article so you can compare your level and make adjustments for your future preparation if needed. We will discuss what is the average and the winning half-marathon time based on your age and gender.

What to consider first

As you may know, how fast you run is dependent on many factors. Some of those factors include your sleep/ recovery, nutrition, the temperature during the race, the humidity, the wind, how fast the course is, how much running you have done, and many more. For this reason, use this information only as a side note where you are right now, and don’t forget that nothing in running is constant (sadly).

A Good half-marathon time for males and females despite their age

If you are running around 1:50:00, you are pretty close to the average half-marathon time across all ages and gender, which is a little bit sub 1:51:00. This means you are doing well, and you should be proud of yourself. However, if you are far from this time, it doesn’t mean you are not good at running. Simply, you need more time to develop your talent.

Average half-marathon time for females

Women on average run a half-marathon for 2:01:17. This is a good half-marathon time with a pace of 5:45 per kilometer or 9:15 per mile.
Keep in mind that the world record is 1:04:31 set by Ababel Yeshaneh during the beginning of 2020.
If you are a beginner between the age of 20-50, you may expect to finish your first half-marathon likely between 3:05 and 2:45, which is the average time for these age groups and running level.
If you become more advanced, expect to be close to sub 2 hours.
The elite level of female runners run sub 1:40:00 so if you are in this club, you are really talented!

Average half-marathon time for males

Men on average run a half-marathon for 1:44:14. This is a good half-marathon time with a pace of 4:56 per kilometer or 7:57 per mile.
Keep in mind that the world record is 57:32 set by Kibiwott Kandie by the end of 2020.
If you are a beginner between the age of 20-50, you may expect to finish your first half-marathon likely between 2:25:00 and 2:43, which is the average time for these age groups and running level.
If you become more advanced, expect to be close to sub 1:43:00 to 1:32:00 depending if you are 50 or 20 years old.
The elite level of male runners run sub 1:32:00 so if you are in this club, you are really talented!

Half-marathon times for beginners, advanced and elite runners between 20-50 years old.

Before getting more specific, let’s explain what beginner, advanced and elite runners mean based on the data that Running Level provides.
According to Running Level, a beginner is somebody who is faster than 5% of the runners and has been running for more than a month. An advanced runner is faster than at least 80% of the runners and has a running experience greater than five years.
An elite runner is faster than 95% of the runners and it has been running for more than 5 years.

Women Profile

Age 20
Average Beginner time – 2:45:09
Average Advanced time – 1:47:10
Average Elite time -1:37:17
Anywhere sub those times are considered very good times.


Age 25
Average Beginner time – 2:43:54
Average Advanced time – 1:46:22
Average Elite time -1:36:33
Anywhere sub those times are considered very good times.


Age 30
Average Beginner time – 2:43:57
Average Advanced time – 1:46:23
Average Elite time -1:36:34
Anywhere sub those times are considered very good times.


Age 35
Average Beginner time – 2:45:29
Average Advanced time – 1:47:23
Average Elite time -1:37:29
Anywhere sub those times are considered very good times.


Age 40
Average Beginner time – 2:49:20
Average Advanced time – 1:49:53
Average Elite time -1:39:45
Anywhere sub those times are considered very good times.


Age 45
Average Beginner time – 2:55:50
Average Advanced time – 1:54:06
Average Elite time -1:43:35
Anywhere sub those times are considered very good times.


Age 50
Average Beginner time – 3:05:31
Average Advanced time – 2:00:23
Average Elite time -1:49:17
Anywhere sub those times are considered very good times.
The average winning time for age 20-29 is 1:25:32, which is 4:03/km or 6:31 mile pace.
The average winning time for age 30-39 is 1:24:55, which is 4:02/km or 6:29 mile pace.
The average winning time for age 40-49 is 1:30:32, which is 4:17/km or 6:54 mile pace.

Men profile

Age  20-25-30
Average Beginner time – 2:25:17
Average Advanced time – 1:31:31
Average Elite time -1:21:42
Anywhere sub those times are considered very good times.


Age 35
Average Beginner time – 2:26:05
Average Advanced time – 1:32:01
Average Elite time -1:22:09
Anywhere sub those times are considered very good times.


Age 40
Average Beginner time – 2:29:51
Average Advanced time – 1:34:23
Average Elite time -1:24:15
Anywhere sub those times are considered very good times.


Age 45
Average Beginner time – 2:36:02
Average Advanced time – 1:38:17
Average Elite time -1:27:44
Anywhere sub those times are considered very good times.


Age 50
Average Beginner time – 2:42:51
Average Advanced time – 1:42:35
Average Elite time -1:31:34
Anywhere sub those times are considered very good times.
The average winning time for age 20-29 is 1:13:53, which is 3:30/km or 5:38 mile pace.
The average winning time for age 30-39 is 1:14:48, which is 3:33/km or 5:42 mile pace.
The average winning time for ages 40-49 is 1:19:30, which is 3:46/km or 6:04 mile pace.

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