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List of famous female runners, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female runners list contains the most prominent and top females known for being runners. There are thousand of females working as runners in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic runners have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a runner then the people below should give you inspiration.

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While this isn't a list of all female runners, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female runners?" and "Who are the best female runners?"

Genzeb Shumi Regasa is an Ethiopian-born middle distance runner who competes internationally for Bahrain. She won the 1500 metres gold medal at the Asian Athletics Championships in 2011 and the Asian Indoor Athletics Championships in 2012. Her personal bests are 2:01.18 minutes for the 800 metres ...more

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Age: 26

Birthplace: Ethiopia

Profession: Runner, Track and field athlete

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Elena Romagnolo is an Italian steeplechaser, middle and long-distance runner. She is the national record holder in the 3000 metres steeplechase, but now competes mainly in the 5000 metres. ...more

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Age: 34

Birthplace: Borgosesia, Italy

Profession: Runner, Soldier, Track and field athlete

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Mimi Belete Gebregeiorges is an Ethiopian middle- and long-distance runner who competes internationally for Bahrain. She won the 5000 metres title at the 2010 Asian Games. She moved to Belgium as a political refugee along with her younger sister, Almenesh Belete, who is also a runner. It was in ...more

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Age: 28

Birthplace: Ethiopia

Profession: Runner, Track and field athlete

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Shitaye Eshete Habtegebrel is an Ethiopian-born long-distance runner who competes internationally for Bahrain. She first began competing for the oil-rich Gulf state in 2009, making her debut at the Asian Cross Country Championships in Manama. She won the women's junior title while team-mate Tejitu ...more

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Age: 25

Birthplace: Ethiopia

Profession: Runner, Track and field athlete

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Tejitu Daba Chalchissa is an Ethiopian-born long-distance runner who competes internationally for Bahrain. She competes mainly in cross country and track running events. She won the gold medal over 5000 metres at the 2011 Asian Athletics Championships. Tejitu began running for Bahrain in 2009 and ...more

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Age: 25

Birthplace: Ethiopia

Profession: Runner, Track and field athlete

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Kate McIlroy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Female Runners
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Kate McIlroy is a New Zealand triathlete and former runner. She won the World Mountain Running title in 2005 and was named New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year at the 2006 Halberg awards. She is the national women's record holder for the 3000 metre steeplechase with a time of 9:32.54 set in Heusden, ...more

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Age: 35

Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

Profession: Runner, Triathlete

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Sviatlana Kudzelich is a Belarusian long-distance runner. ...more

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Age: 29

Birthplace: Pinsk, Belarus

Profession: Runner, Track and field athlete

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Marisol Guadalupe Romero is a Mexican long-distance runner who competes over 5000 metres and 10,000 metres on the track and in half marathon and marathon road races. She won the marathon at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games and completed a 5000/10,000 m gold medal double at the 2011 Pan ...more

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Age: 32

Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Profession: Runner, Soldier

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