5K, 10K, Half-Marathon or Full: Which Running Distance is Right for You?

A helpful guide to help new runners determine the best distance to match their running style and goals.

Runners at The Color Run, a non-competitive 5K race where participants are doused in colored powder.

More runners are toeing race starting lines every year. Race participation is up over 65 percent in the past 15 years, according to data from the industry group Running USA, as reported by DICK's Sporting Goods "453 and a Half" blog.

If you want to be the next person to jump on the running bandwagon but aren't sure which distance to try first, 453 and a Half provides helpful info about the four most popular lengths: 5K, 10K, half- marathon and full. (You probably knew that a full marathon is 26.2 miles, but we'll mention it again just in case.)


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