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# How Many Feet are in a Mile? Plus, the origins of the mile and other important conversions.

• 5,280 feet in a mile

2.1 to 2.5 feet in a stride

1609.344 meters in a mile

3.1 miles in a 5k

• 1760 yards in a mile

### HOW MANY FEET IN A MILE?

The mile is a linear measurement of length equal to exactly 5,280 feet or 1,760 yards. To put this in perspective, one mile is equal to 17.6 football fields.  You can also break down the measurement of a mile into 63,360 inches, 1,609.344 meters, or 8 furlongs. ### HOW MANY METERS IN A MILE?

One mile is the same as 1609.344 meters. This means that 5 miles is 8046.72m and 10 miles is 16093.44m. To convert miles into meters, you simply multiply the number of miles by the number of meters in a mile: Number of miles × 1609.344m. ### HOW MANY MILES IN A 5K?

A 5k race is 3.1 miles long. If you were to run a 5k race, you would be running for 16,368 feet! That’s a lot of ground to cover! The current men’s world record for a 5k road race is 12:49, set by Ethiopia’s Berihu Aregawi. The women’s road 5K world record is 14:39, set by Ethiopia’s Dawit Seyaum.

### HOW MANY YARDS IN A MILE?

There are 1760 yards in a mile.  To convert miles to yards, multiply the value by 1760. For example, to find out how many yards are in two miles, multiply 2 by 1760. That makes 3,520 yards in two miles.

### WHERE DID THE MILE ORIGINATE?

The modern mile originated in Roman antiquity. The term “mile” originated from the Latin mille passus, or “a thousand paces,” which measured 5,000 Roman feet. A Roman pace equaled 5 Roman feet, so a thousand paces equaled 5,000 feet.  Romans had smaller feet than modern-day humans, so 5,000 roman feet is equal to 4,800 modern feet.

### NOW YOU KNOW HOW MANY FEET ARE IN A MILE

So, there you have it! Now you know that there are 5,280 feet in a mile. The next time you’re out for a run, and you see a mile marker, you can impress your friends by telling them how many feet are in a mile! Click here to find out how many ounces are in a gallon.

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