The 10,000-meter race is one of the most popular long-distance track events. The competition is a staple at championship-level athletics events like the Olympics and the World Athletics Championships.
The contest features 25 circuits of an Olympic-size track. Since it takes so long to complete, it is rarely featured at track and field competitions. The 10K road race and the 10,000-meter track race are sometimes confused with one another, but the latter is typically referred to in metres rather than kilometres.
Olympic 10000 Meter Race
The 10,000-meter race is the longest in the Olympic Games. It is around 32,808 feet 5 inches in length, or 6 miles 376 yards. Many runners in these sports also compete in road races and cross country meets.
On September 17, 1939, in Helsinki, Finland, Taisto Mäki becomes the first person to run a mile in under 30 minutes.
When the sport was first included in the Olympics in 1912, Finnish athletes quickly rose to prominence and were known as the “Flying Finns.” African runners made their way to the forefront starting in the 1960s. The Olympic Games first included women’s competition in 1988.
The outdoor 10,000-meter track race is the one for which records are held officially. Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei now holds the men’s world record with a time of 26 minutes and 11 seconds, set on October 7, 2020 in Valencia, Spain. Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia ran the 10,000 metres in 29 minutes and 1.03 seconds at Hengelo, Netherlands, on June 8, 2021, setting a new world record for women.
Top-tier competitors in the 10,000-meter run generally clock in more than 160 kilometres (100 miles) of training per week to maintain their superior aerobic endurance.
The 6-mile (9,656.1-meter) run is a popular event that was popular in nations that used the imperial measurement system; the equivalent metric distance is 6 miles 10,000 metres.
In the United States, a 6 mile race was a national championship from 1953 to 1973 (in non-Olympic years) and was the distance used in the Commonwealth Games until 1966. There are 24 circuits of the 1,320-foot (24 laps) long, 1/4-mile (402-meter) track.
In general, a 10K race may be completed in 50-70 minutes by a runner who is generally fit and logs 15-30 miles each week.
Advanced runners typically clock somewhere between 43 and 50 minutes. Very fit runners can complete a mile in under 7 minutes, while less dedicated runners may take 10 to 14 minutes.
Men complete the 10K in roughly 53 minutes and women in around 63 minutes on average in the UK, which is on par with the averages for the United States.
A runner from Uganda now holds the world record for the men’s 10K, while female runners from the Netherlands and Ethiopia are among the top scorers in the world (1).
On the men’s and women’s sides, runners from Ethiopia and Kenya tend to be among the best.
Factors including age, sex, and fitness level can affect how long it takes to complete a 10k on average.
Your musculoskeletal health is equally important, so you should take precautions to minimise discomfort, stay injury-free, and run efficiently.
Runners who have pain should see a doctor to rule out more serious conditions such shin splints, plantar fasciitis, and runner’s knee. You should fix these things before starting your marathon training.