Like many runners, I often am asked ‘How far is a marathon?’  When I respond ‘26.2 Miles’ there is usually a confused, shocked look on the person’s face, and they typically say something like ‘I could never run that, I hardly like to drive that.’  And so, to help the non-runners out there gain some perspective, here’s a ‘this equals that’ for common race distances.

Common running distances –

5k = 3.1 miles… the distance from Premise Maid (Breinigsville) to Burger King (Kutztown) on Rt 222

5 Miles… the distance from Dorney Park to the Velodrome by way of 222

10k = 6.2 miles… the distance from Trexler Mall to the triangle (4th & Chestnut) in Emmaus

10 Miles… the distance from the Route 78/22 New Smithville Exit to the Route 22 Cedar Crest Exit

Half-Marathon = 13.1 Miles… the distance from Quakertown to historic Bethlehem

Marathon – 26.2 Miles… the distance from Center City Reading (Penn St) to Trexlertown (Rt 100)