How Many Miles Per Hour Can a Man Run?

When sprinting over a shorter distance, the typical person can run between 12 and 15 miles per hour, yet when running longer distances, they can run between 5 and 8 miles per hour. Running timings are very variable and are dependent on the amount of training and general fitness levels.

Usain Bolt, an athlete from Jamaica, holds the record for the fastest human speed ever recorded. He executed a 100-meter sprint with a speed of 27.44 miles per hour while competing in the World Championships in Athletics in Berlin, Germany, in 2009. Bolt also owns the record for the second-fastest 100-meter sprint in the world, having completed the race in 9.63 seconds in the Olympics held in Beijing, China in 2008. The current Olympic record for the quickest running is held by his sprint from 2008.