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Famous Female Runners

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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.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different people, like Souad Aït Salem and Genzeb Shumi.

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?"


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    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 and ...more

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    • Age: age 24
    • 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: age 33
    • 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 Belgium ...more

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    • Age: age 27
    • 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 Daba, ...more

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    • Age: 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 her ...more

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    • Age: age 24
    • Birthplace: Ethiopia
    • Profession: Runner, Track and field athlete
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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: age 34
    • 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: age 28
    • 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: age 32
    • Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
    • Profession: Runner, Soldier
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    Natallia Kareiva is a Belarusian runner who specializes in the middle distance events. Kareiva received a two-year ban from the sport for doping after her biological passport showed abnormalities. The ban was set for the periods from August 2014 to 2016 and all her performances from July 28, 2010 up to ...more

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    • Age: age 30
    • Birthplace: Lida, Belarus
    • Profession: Runner, Track and field athlete
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    Maryam Yusuf Jamal is a Bahraini middle-distance runner. She is the first Bahraini athlete to win an Olympic medal, a bronze medal in the 1500m women's race, in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Born in Ethiopia, 2005 was her first full season. She gained the national record and ran the fastest 3000 m ...more

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    • Age: age 31
    • Birthplace: Arsi Province, Ethiopia
    • Profession: Runner, Track and field athlete
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    Maria Fernanda Moreira Ribeiro, GCIH, is a long-distance runner born in Penafiel, Portugal. The pinnacle of her career was at the 1996 Summer Olympics when she won the women's 10,000 m gold medal, establishing a new Olympic record of 31:01.63. Her victory gave Portugal its third Olympic gold medal.more

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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: Penafiel Municipality, Portugal
    • Profession: Runner
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    Yolanda Caballero

    Yolanda Beatriz Caballero Pérez is a long-distance runner from Colombia. Her personal best of 2:26:17 hours for the marathon is the fastest by a South American runner. Her half marathon best of 1:10:30 hours is also a South American record. She started out as a steeplechase runner, taking bronze at the ...more

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    • Age: age 33
    • Birthplace: Bogotá, Colombia
    • Profession: Runner
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    Olivera Jevtić is a Serbian long-distance runner. She has represented her country four times at the Olympics in 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012.more

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    • Age: age 38
    • Birthplace: Užice, Serbia
    • Profession: Runner, Athlete
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    Anna Incerti
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    Anna Carmela Incerti is an Italian long-distance runner who specializes in the marathon. She has represented Italy in the marathon at European, World and Olympic-level. She won the bronze in the event at the 2010 European Championships, later upgraded to silver and then to gold.more

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    • Age: age 35
    • Birthplace: Palermo, Italy
    • Profession: Runner, Athlete
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    Valeria Straneo

    Valeria Straneo is an Italian long-distance runner, winner of the silver medal at the Moscow 2013 Athletics World Championships and Italian record holder in the marathon. She won the Stramilano in 2011 and bettered the half marathon Italian record at the Roma-Ostia Half Marathon in 2012, although it was ...more

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    • Age: age 39
    • Birthplace: Alessandria, Italy
    • Profession: Runner, Athlete
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    Kimberley Smith
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    Kimberley "Kim" Smith is a New Zealand middle distance and long distance runner who specialises in the 5000 and 10,000 metres. She is a 2005 graduate of Providence College previously at King's College, she first started running with Papakura Harriers. Smith won the 2004 NCAA Women's Individual Cross ...more

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    • Age: age 34
    • Birthplace: Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand
    • Profession: Runner
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    Karina Perez

    Karina Pérez Delgado is a Mexican long-distance runner. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, she finished 61st in the women's marathon. She competed in the marathon at the 2012 Summer Olympics, placing 50th with a time of 2:33:30.more

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    • Age: age 33
    • Birthplace: Tlaxcala, Mexico
    • Profession: Runner
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    Sharon Tavengwa

    Sharon Tavengwa is a Zimbabwean long-distance runner. She competed in the marathon at the 2012 Summer Olympics but did not finish the race.more

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    • Age: age 32
    • Birthplace: Chirumanzu
    • Profession: Runner, Athlete
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    Souad Aït Salem is an Algerian long-distance runner who specializes mainly in the half marathon and marathon. She was born in Mecheria. She won gold in the 10,000 metres at the 2000 African Championships in Athletics and the 2005 Mediterranean Games. Salem also won the gold in the half marathon at the ...more

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    • Age: age 36
    • Birthplace: Mécheria, Algeria
    • Profession: Runner
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    Rosaria Console

    Rosaria Console, better known as Rosalba is an Italian long-distance runner who specializes in the half marathon and marathon.more

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    • Age: age 36
    • Birthplace: Martina Franca, Italy
    • Profession: Runner, Athlete
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