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The Average Athlete's Heart Rate During a Marathon

author image Eleanor McKenzie
Based in London, Eleanor McKenzie has been writing lifestyle-related books and articles since 1998. Her articles have appeared in the "Palm Beach Times" and she is the author of numerous books published by Hamlyn U.K., including "Healing Reiki" and "Pilates System." She holds a Master of Arts in informational studies from London University.
The Average Athlete's Heart Rate During a Marathon
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Running 26.2 miles requires months of training. Monitoring your heart's capacity to cope with such an endurance test during training will show you your average heart rate. Remember that you are an individual and that your average heart rate may differ from overall averages due to age and other physiological factors.

On Average

The average heart rate for a marathoner is 160 beats per minute during a race. Most people, excluding the super-athletes, run a marathon at about 65 to 80 percent of their maximum heart rate. That gives an average heart rate of 117 to 144 during a marathon for a 40 year-old man. A 35 year-old woman will have an average heart rate between 122 and 152 bpm. The 160 bpm overall average takes into account the age range of marathon runners and the maximum heart rate range.

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