Miles to Kilometers Conversions

Get the Kilometer Equivalent for Common Distances in Miles

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Some running races are measured in kilometers (such as 5Ks or 10Ks), so it's helpful to know how miles convert into kilometers. One kilometer is 0.62 miles. One mile is 1.6 kilometers. That can be handy to keep in mind, but it's harder to do the math in your head when you are running. See how miles and kilometers equate for common running distances.

Common Running Race Distances in Miles and Kilometers

These are distances you will often see listed for road races.

These include common distances seen in the U.S. for races as well as distances recognized by the IAAF. Kilometer may be spelled kilometres in international competitions.

  • 5K: 3.1 miles = 5 kilometers or 5,000 meters
  • 10K: 6.2 miles = 10 kilometers or 10,000 meters
  • 5-Miler: 5 miles = 8.0 kilometers or 8,000 meters
  • 15K: 9.3 miles = 15 kilometers or 15,000 meters
  • 10-Miler: 10 miles = 16.1 kilometers
  • 20K: 12 miles = 20 kilometers or 20,000 meters
  • Half-marathon: 13.1 miles = 21.1 kilometers
  • 25K: 16 miles = 25 kilometers or 25,000 meters
  • 30K: 19 miles = 30 kilometers or 30,000 meters
  • Marathon: 26.2 miles = 42.2 kilometers
  • 100K: 62 miles = 100 kilometers

Miles to Kilometers Conversions

 Here are the kilometer equivalents for the mile markers of your runs.

  • 1 mile = 1.6 kilometers
  • 2 miles = 3.2 kilometers
  • 3 miles = 4.8 kilometers
  • 4 miles = 6.4 kilometers
  • 5 miles = 8.0 kilometers
  • 6 miles = 9.6 kilometers
  • 7 miles = 11.3 kilometers
  • 8 miles = 12.8 kilometers
  • 9 miles = 14.5 kilometers
  • 10 miles = 16.1 kilometers
  • 11 miles = 17.7 kilometers
  • 12 miles = 19.3 kilometers
  • 13 miles = 20.9 kilometers
  • 14 miles = 22.5 kilometers
  • 15 miles = 24.1 kilometers
  • 16 miles = 25.8 kilometers
  • 17 miles = 27.4 kilometers
  • 18 miles = 29 kilometers
  • 19 miles = 30.6 kilometers
  • 20 miles = 32.2 kilometers
  • 21 miles = 33.8 kilometers
  • 22 miles = 35.4 kilometers
  • 23 miles = 37 kilometers
  • 24 miles = 38.6 kilometers
  • 25 miles = 40.2 kilometers
  • 26 miles = 41.8 kilometers

Race Training Programs

No matter which distance you choose, you will want to train for that distance so you'll be able to perform your best on race day. The time it takes to train will depend on the distance of the race. Once you have made it to the finish line as a beginner, you'll probably want to improve your finish time, working on speed and endurance.

  • 5K Training Programs: Get 5K (3.1 miles) training schedules for runners of all levels. This popular distance is perfect for beginners, but it's also great for a fast fun run, finishing in 30 minutes.
  • 5-Mile or 8K Training Programs: Get 5 mile or 8K training schedules for runners of all levels.
  • 10K Training Programs: Get 10K (6.2 miles) training schedules for runners of all levels. You will often see this distance for fun runs or for shorter races held along with marathons and half marathons. Runners can usually finish it in an hour or less.
  • Half-Marathon Training Programs: Get half marathon (13.1 miles or 21.1 kilometers) training schedules for runners of all levels. This distance requires dedicated training.
  • Marathon Training Programs: Get marathon (26.2 miles) training schedules for runners of all levels. You will need to train for several months to be able to reach the marathon finish line.

A Word From Verywell

Running is an international sport and fitness activity, so you will see metric units used. The distance is the same, no matter which system of measurement is used. You'll want to use methods to know how far you're running, whether for your workout or to track your race progress.

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