People who can manage a 5k run now have another reason to pat their own backs because they can now say to themselves, “I just finished Super Mario Bros.”
Nick Greene Mental Floss calculated that Mario runs about 5.4 kms from world 1-1 to world 8-4. He got these numbers by taking into consideration the distance of each level, and approximating Mario’s strides to that of an average man. This calculation is only based on a straight from start to finish, backtracking and skipping levels are not accounted for.
The levels which include Mario to swim are about 371 meters,which is more than 7 laps in an Olympic pool. Only if he had a level where he’d peddle his way to victory, in his case finding his princess, he’d qualify for a triathlon.
“Speed Demos Archive, the hosts of the the Games Done Quick event taking place right now, lists the fastest, no-warp, all-stages time for Super Mario Bros. at 19 minutes, 40 seconds. So Mario’s fast — running about a 5:30 mile pace. But not world class. His 5K time would be about 17:15, nearly 4 minutes and 22 seconds slower than the world record holder in the 5000 meters.”