How long is a 10K? You're new to running and have heard about races called a 10K, but you have no idea what it means. It's okay, you're not alone.
Here's the 10K breakdown.
The 'K' stands for kilometer, which is 0.62 miles or 1093.6 yards (http://www.metric-conversions.org). Therefore, a 10K is 10 kilometers (10,000 meters) or 6.2 miles. It's double the distance of a 5K race.
More: How Long Is a 5K?When you hear about races such as Annual Summers End 10,000, you can know that it's a 10K or 6.2 miles. The 10,000-meter race is the longest standard track event. On a standard outdoor track (400 meters) you would need to run 25 laps to complete a 10K. On a standard indoor track (200 meters) you would need to run 50 laps to run a 10K.
How Long Is a 10K?
To help put this distance into perspective, consider the following facts:
- You would have to run a football field (including the end zone, which is 109.73 meters) 91.14 times to finish a 10K.
- King Kong would have to climb the Empire State Building (443.2 meters high, including antenna) 26.25 times to complete a 10K.
- A tourist would need to scale the Eiffel Tower (324 meters tall) 31.25 times to cover a 10K distance.
According to Track and Field News, the current men's outdoor world-record holder is Ethiopian runner Kenenisa Bekele at 26:17.53. The current women's outdoor world-record holder is Wang Junxia of China at 29:31.78.
Sign up for your next 10K race.