How Fast Can an “Average” Kid Run a Mile?

Try any activity that involves timing or measuring, and it doesn't take long before you start to wonder: How do I stack up? Am I above or below average? By how much? Well, I can't answer that question in a general sense, but I can offer a bit of data that is at least mildly entertaining. It's from a study by Australian researchers in the British Journal of Sports Medicine , who collected data from 16 studies (a total of 85,347 test performances) to put together a comprehensive look at how kids between the ages of 9 and 17 perform on a series of physical tests. For example, here are the average, 10th percentile, and 90th percentile performances for the mile run (the vertical scale is in seconds, the horizontal scale goes from 9 to 17 years old): More interested in how your muscles stack up? I was certainly glad to see that, despite the persistent mockery of my friends, I'm ...

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