How Many Steps In A Marathon?

The average person takes around 3,000 steps per day. This number varies depending on age, gender, height, and other factors. 

How Many Steps In A Marathon

A marathon is 26 miles long. If you run at a pace of 6 minutes per mile, it would take you approximately 4 hours to finish.

The world record for the fastest marathon time was set by Haile Gebrselassie with a time of 2:03:59. In the United States, there are over 1 million runners who participate in marathons each year.

Marathons differ in length and time, depending on the terrain as well as the health and fitness of the runner. 

Let’s find out more about marathons, and how many steps there are in one. 


As we know, there are different factors that may consider somebody’s ability to complete a marathon in a certain amount of time, as well as steps. 

These usually don’t effect the time drastically, but it all depends on sex, height, and ability. 

Sex And Height

A person’s height and their running style are the main determining factors in their stride rate. 

Taller people have longer strides than shorter people, and men have longer strides than women. 

Stride length increases by about 1/2 inch per year in men and 3/4 inch per year in women. 


This one is obvious, but your ability and fitness will affect how many steps there are in your marathon. 

If you are more of a beginner, it is likely that you will start off taking bigger strides, but then end up taking smaller and slower strides. 

Ultimately, this will mean that there are more steps in your marathon because you are taking smaller steps. 

Additionally, if you are a beginner, you may be walking parts of the marathon. This will add more steps in comparison to somebody who runs the whole thing.

How Many Steps In A Marathon Whilst Running? 

How Many Steps In A Marathon

A marathon runner takes approximately 38,000 steps to run a full marathon. 

The fastest runners take an average of 28,558 steps, and the slowest runners take an average of 52,321 steps.

How Many Steps In A Marathon Whilst Walking? 

Women can walk a marathon in about 53,918 steps on average with the fastest walkers at 45,824 steps, and the slowest walkers at 63,734 steps. 

Men can walk in a marathon in about 52,954 steps on average with the faster walkers at 42,621 steps, and the slower walkers at 60,853 steps. 

The walking step count varies by about 17,000 steps because the farther the distance the larger the difference is amplified which skews the data on both ends and moves the data on either end. 

What About Half Marathons? 

Runners who run faster take fewer steps than those who run slower. This is because if you run fast, you get tired more quickly and therefore need less time to recover. 

If you are running a half marathon, it is expected that you can complete the half marathon with around 20,000 steps. This is give or take 5,000 steps dependent on if you are slow, or fast. 

When walking a half marathon, it is likely that you will complete the marathon in around 26,000 steps, due to the fact you are walking in smaller strides. 

How Long Are Full Marathons?

Full marathons vary in length from 4 hours to over 24 hours. The shortest race is the 10K (3.1 miles) and the longest is the marathon. 

The average marathon is between 14-16 hours long. There are some races that go for much longer than 16 hours such as the Comrades Marathon, which goes for 33 hours. 

How Long Is A Half Marathon?

Half marathons vary in duration from 2 hours to 18 hours. The shortest race being the 5K (0.5 mile), while the longest is the Boston Marathon which lasts 21 hours. 

The average half marathon is between 7-10 hours long. 

How Much Does It Cost To Run A Marathon?

How Many Steps In A Marathon

Running a marathon costs anywhere from $100-$300 depending on where you live and what kind of race you want to do. 

You can also sign up for charity races which raise money for different charities. These usually cost less than other races.

Running a half marathon costs around $40-$60. You can also find cheaper races like the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon which only costs $25. 

How Do I Get Started With Running?

If you have never done any sports before, then starting out with running would be a good way to get into shape.

Start slowly and build up your speed gradually. If you feel comfortable doing so, try running 3 times per week.

Start off power walking, and then start jogging. Once you are comfortable running, add in intervals. Intervals are when you run hard for 30 seconds and rest for 1 minute. 

Try this three times per week. After a few months, you should be able to run a full marathon without stopping.

Running takes time, and you need to make sure you are ready physically and mentally before you begin. Make sure you are well hydrated and eat enough food before you start.

What Should I Wear Running? 

You don’t really need anything special to wear while running. Just wear clothes that fit comfortably and keep you warm. 

You may want to wear something that has reflective material on it. This will help people see you better in case you fall. Also, you may want to wear shoes that are lightweight and flexible.

In terms of clothing, you just need to dress appropriately for the weather. For example, if it’s cold outside, then you might want to wear layers. 

When it gets warmer, you could remove one layer at a time until you’re sweating.

What Do I Need To Run A Marathon?

How Many Steps In A Marathon

To run a marathon, you will need to prepare yourself physically and mentally. Here are some things you’ll need:

  • A pair of trainers/running shoes
  • Water bottles
  • Socks
  • Towel
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen

When Will I Be Able To Run A Marathon? 

It depends on how fast you progress through training. 

Most runners take about 6-12 weeks to complete their first marathon. Some people even take longer. 

How Many Marathons Can I Complete Before My Body Gets Too Tired?

This varies person by person. In general, a healthy runner can complete 10+ marathons before they become tired.

Final Thoughts

I hope this article helped you understand more about running a marathon. 

If you are a beginner, it is likely that you may take more steps in your marathon. After practice, you will be able to complete a full marathon in 38,000 steps.

Megan Rinzel
Latest posts by Megan Rinzel (see all)