Wendy Bumgardner is a freelance writer covering walking and other health and fitness topics and has competed in more than 1,000 walking events.
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Whether you are walking for fitness or you have registered or a charity walk or competition, it helps to know long it will take you to walk a mile at different walking paces. You also want to translate that into common race and event distances such as the 5K, 10K, marathon, or half-marathon and look at typical finishing times.
Kilometer: A kilometer is 0.62 miles, which is also3281.5 feet, or 1000 meters. It takes 10 to 12 minutes to walk at a moderate pace.3K: 3 kilometers equals 1.85 miles, or 9842.5 feet, or just a little less than 2miles. This is a common distance for charity walks, especially those with accessible routes. It takes 30 to 37 minutes to walk 3K at a moderate pace.Ultramarathon: These races can be any distance above 42 kilometers or 26 miles. The most common distances for these events are50 kilometers (31 miles) 100 kilometers (62 miles), 50 miles (80.5 kilometers), and 100 miles (161 kilometers).
Walking at Different Paces
The charts below will help you to translate walking event distances into time, kilometers, and miles at various fitness-walking paces. While there is no standardized criteria for pace categories, studies have indicated that a moderate walking pace is roughly 3–5 miles per hour.
Fast: 7 minutes per kilometer or 11 minutes per mileModerate: 10 minutes per kilometer or 15 minutes per mileEasy: 12.5+ minutes per kilometer or 20+ minutes per mile
These paces may seem fast, but it is typical for people to walk faster than usual when at a group event or competition. An easy pace will put you at the back of the pack, while at the fast pace you will be with some of the runners and run/walkers.
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There are several ways to measure or calculate your walking speed, including phone apps and GPS watches, as well as low-tech options using a known distance (such as around a running track) and a stopwatch. To determine your pace, try a calculator.