The spectator's marathon running pace guide

Keep track of marathon runners during a race

If you're supporting someone who is running a marathon, how are you going to pick them out during the race? Here's a spectator's marathon running pace guide; a handy chart that will tell you the estimated arrival time at various mile stages depending on the pace they expect to run. You'll be able to spot the person you are watching and cheer them on when it really matters.

The spectator's marathon running pace guide

To ensure you know when to expect the runner you are looking out for use this spectator's marathon running pace guide and check out the table below. All you need to know is the participant’s predicted race time to get an idea of when they are expected to reach each mile marker in the marathon race.

Crowds cheering - spectaor's marathon pace guide

Note that the example start time used in the table is 9.00am. If the marathon you'll be watching starts at a different time, you should adjust the hour units in the table accordingly.

Mile Elite women Wheel
chair
m
Wheel
chair
w
Elite men 3:30 pace 4:30 pace 5:00 pace 6:00 pace
Start 09:00 09:25 09:25 09:45 09:45 09:45 09:45 09:45
1 09:05 09:28 09:29 09:49 09:53 09:55 09:56 09:58
2 09:10 09:32 09:34 09:54 10:01 10:05 10:07 10:12
3 09:15 09:36 09:39 09:59 10:09 10:15 10:19 10:26
4 09:21 09:39 09:44 10:04 10:17 10:26 10:30 10:40
5 09:26 09:43 09:48 10:09 10:25 10:36 10:42 10:53
6 09:31 09:47 09:53 10:13 10:33 10:46 10:53 11:07
7 09:36 09:50 09:58 10:18 10:41 10:57 11:05 11:21
8 09:42 09:54 10:03 10:23 10:49 11:07 11:16 11:35
9 09:47 09:58 10:07 10:28 10:57 11:17 11:28 11:48
10 09:52 10:01 10:12 10:33 11:05 11:28 11:39 12:02
11 09:57 10:05 10:17 10:37 11:13 11:38 11:50 12:16
12 10:13 10:09 10:22 10:42 11:21 11:48 12:02 12:30
13 10:08 10:12 10:26 10:47 11:29 11:58 12:13 12:43
14 10:13 10:16 10:31 10:52 11:7 12:09 12:25 12:57
15 10:19 10:20 10:36 10:57 11:45 12:19 12:36 13:11
16 10:24 10:23 10:41 11:01 11:53 12:29 12:48 13:25
17 10:29 10:27 10:45 11:06 12:01 12:40 12:59 13:38
18 10:34 10:31 10:50 11:11 12:09 12:50 13:11 13:52
19 10:40 10:34 10:55 11:16 12:17 13:00 13:22 14:06
20 10:45 10:38 11:00 11:21 12:25 13:11 13:34 14:20
21 10:50 10:42 11:04 11:25 12:33 13:21 13:45 14:33
22 10:55 10:45 11:09 11:30 12:41 13:31 13:56 14:47
23 11:01 10:49 11:14 11:35 12:49 13:41 14:08 15:01
24 11:06 10:53 11:19 11:40 12:57 13:52 14:19 15:15
25 11:11 10:56 11:23 11:45 13:05 14:02 14:31 15:28
26 11:16 11:00 11:28 11:49 13:13 14:12 14:42 15:42
Finish 11:18 11:00 11:29 11:51 13:15 14:15 14:45 15:45

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