List of Famous Runners People

List of Famous Runners

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List of famous runners, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top runners in the world? This includes the most prominent runners, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable runners is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic runners were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned runners.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different people, like Frank Shorter and Fernanda Ribeiro.

From reputable, prominent, and well known runners to the lesser known runners of today, these are some of the best professionals in the runner field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous runners ever?" and "What are the names of famous runners?" then you're in the right place. (54 items)


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    Usain St. Leo Bolt, OJ, CD, is a Jamaican sprinter. Widely regarded as the fastest person ever, he is the first man to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records since fully automatic time measurements became mandatory in 1977. Along with his teammates, he also set the world record in the ...more

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    • Age: age 29
    • Birthplace: Sherwood Content, Jamaica
    • Profession: Track and field athlete
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    Matthew Wells is a British Olympic rower. Wells was born in Bradford and grew up in Hexham, where he learnt to row at Queen Elizabeth High School In 1996 he won the single sculls at the Coupe de la Jeunesse, and won gold in the double sculls at the World Junior Championships in 1997. He took bronze at ...more

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    • Age: age 36
    • Birthplace: Bradford, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Runner, Rower
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    Carlos Cordero

    Carlos Cordero Gomez is a Mexican athlete. He participated at the 2008 Summer Olympics finishing 32nd in the men's Marathon. and he also represented Mexico at the 2012 Summer Olympics. He won a silver medal in the 1500 metres at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Gamesmore

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    • Age: age 38
    • Birthplace: Irapuato, Mexico
    • Profession: Runner
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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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    Bilisuma Shugi Gelassa is an Ethiopian long-distance runner who competes internationally for Bahrain. He transferred to Bahrain at the end of 2009 and his first international appearance came a few months afterwards at the 2010 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, where he finished in the top 50 in ...more

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    • Age: age 26
    • Birthplace: Oromia Region, 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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    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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    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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    Frank Charles Shorter is an American former long-distance runner who won the gold medal in the marathon at the 1972 Summer Olympics. His victory is credited with igniting the running boom in the United States in the 1970s.more

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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: Munich, Germany
    • Profession: Track and field athlete
    • Credits: Run for Your Life
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Ryan Hall
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    Ryan Hall is an American long distance runner. He won the marathon at the 2008 United States Olympic Trials and placed tenth in the Olympic marathon in Beijing. He holds the U.S. record in the half marathon. With his half marathon record time, he became the first U.S. runner to break the one hour ...more

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    • Age: age 33
    • Birthplace: Big Bear Lake, California, United States of America
    • Profession: 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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    Mark Anthony Lewis-Francis is a British track and field athlete, specifically a sprinter, who specialises in the 100 metres. A renowned junior, his greatest sporting achievement at senior level has been to anchor the Great Britain and Northern Ireland 4 x 100 metres relay team to a gold medal at the ...more

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    • Age: age 33
    • Birthplace: Birmingham, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Runner
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    Belal Mansoor Ali is a middle distance runner now representing Bahrain after changing nationality from Kenya. He was born John Yego on 17 October 1988 in Kenya. A lot of controversy has surrounded his age, starting when he won the 1500 metres race at the 2005 IAAF World Youth Championships in Marrakech, ...more

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    • Age: age 27
    • Birthplace: Kenya
    • 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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    Hasan Mahboob Ali is a Bahraini long-distance runner. He became a naturalized citizen of Bahrain ahead of the 2006 season. His personal best time for the 10,000 metres is 27:22.40 minutes, achieved in May 2012 in Wageningen. In his early career he concentrated on road running and he won the Prague Half ...more

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    • Age: age 34
    • Birthplace: Kenya
    • Profession: Runner, Track and field athlete
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