Running a half-marathon takes training and determination.
Half-marathons are definitely the вЂњpopular kidвЂќ of running. In 2012, 1.85 million people completed this 13.1-mile race, a 15 percent increase over 2011 participation, Running USA reports. Of these finishers, 60 percent were women. If your goal is to join their running ranks, you probably want to know, on average, how long it'll take you to complete the race. Or, if you were among these runners, you may want to know how you rate compared to other women's times.
The median time represents the middle of all the times -- it means that an equal number of people ran faster and slower than the median time. It's not quite the average, but it is a good representation of general performance. The median time for women running a half-marathon in 2012 was 2 hours, 19 minutes and 47 seconds. Since 2007, 2:19 and a varying number of seconds has been the median women's time. Men, by comparison, have a median time of 2:00 to 2:01.
The average age of all female half-marathon runners is between 35 and 36 years. The average pace for this age group was a 10:57:58 mile, based on more than 24,000 people surveyed in 2010. This means, on average, it took women 2:22 to run the race.
The average time it takes for a woman to jog a half-marathon is also dependent on the course. For example, it takes an average of 4 hours, 48 minutes for women to finish the Pike's Peak Ascent -- a 13.1-mile trek straight up Pike's Peak in Colorado Springs. Flatter courses obviously yield faster times. Course terrain is also a factor -- running on pavement is generally faster than trail.
Women's-only races make half-marathons more accessible to women. Popular races include the More/Fitness Magazine half-marathon in New York and the Chicago Women's Half-Marathon. The One-America 500 Festival half-marathon has the most female finishers of any half-marathon in most age groups.