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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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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 ...more

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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 Games ...more


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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