The half-marathon distance (13.1 miles or 21.1km) is a very popular distance, since it is a serious step up from 10k events but does not require as much training commitment as a full marathon distance. Most beginners will aim to finish a half-marathon in under 2 hours, while anything under 90 minutes is seen as a very impressive achievement. There are a wide variety of half marathon races in California: some make the most of the stunning coastline and ocean views; others take you through the city streets with huge crowds and a vibrant atmosphere; others venture offroad and inland, into the trails and deserts of the Golden State. These half marathon events can also be part of larger running festivals, which offer races at a range of distances. Good examples of this is the Surf City Marathon and Half-Marathon, which has over 20,000 participants each year and is one of the largest annual running events in the USA.
A half marathon is 13.1 miles or 21.1 km long, exactly half the length of a marathon.
How long does it take to train for a half marathon?
Training for a half marathon takes at least 12 weeks for a beginner, approximately 8 weeks for an intermediate runner, and as little as 6 weeks for a more experienced runner already in the habit of running. There are many training plans available to prepare for a half marathon.
What is the average finish time for half marathons?
The average half marathon finish time across all runners over the last few years is about 1h54m for men, and 2h10m for women.
What is the world record for a half marathon?
The men's world record for a half marathon is 58:18 minutes, and is held by Kenyan Abraham Kiptum and the women's record is 64:51 minutes, set by Joyciline Jepkosgei, also from Kenya.
What is the fastest half marathon in the world?
Both the men’s and women’s world records for the half marathon were set at the Valencia Half Marathon in Spain.