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Famous Female Runners

Updated June 14, 2019 15.9k views21 items

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?"
  • 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 4:05.16 minutes for the 1500 m....  more
    • Elena Romagnolo (born October 5, 1982 in Borgosesia) 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
      • Mimi Belete Gebregeiorges (born 9 June 1988) 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, Almensh Belete, who is also a runner. It was in Belgium that she began competing: she ran at the 2007 Memorial van Damme in Brussels and was the 2009 winner of the Eurocross competition. She chose to transfer allegiance to Bahrain in early 2009 and her first outing for her newly adopted country was at the Asian Cross Country Championships, where she took the silver medal behind fellow convert Maryam Yusuf Jamal. She ran at the...  more
        • Shitaye Eshete Habtegebrel (born 21 May 1990) is an Ethiopian-born long-distance runner who competes internationally for Bahrain....  more