Famous American Marathon Runners

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David Goggins
(Ultramarathon runner)
David Goggins
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Birthdate: February 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States
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Frank Shorter
(Marathon runner, Long-distance runner, Athletics competitor)
Frank Shorter
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Birthdate: October 31, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Munich
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Dean Karnazes
(American Ultramarathon Runner, and Author of 'Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner')
Dean Karnazes
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Birthdate: August 23, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Inglewood, California, United States

Dean Karnazes began running for fun while in kindergarten; taking diversionary routes while returning home from school. Slowly, he started taking it more seriously, running a marathon to the South Pole in 2002, embarking on the Endurance 50: 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 consecutive days in 2006.  Currently a businessperson, he has also written a book on marathon.

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 4 
Alberto Salazar
(Former Track Coach and Long-Distance Runner)
Alberto Salazar
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Birthdate: August 7, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

Alberto Salazar is an American former long-distance runner who won the silver medal at the 1982 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Rome, Italy. After his retirement from the sport, Salazar served as the head coach for the Nike Oregon Project and received the 2013 IAAF Coaching Achievement Award in Monaco. He was later banned for doping and sexual offenses.

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Billy Mills
(Officer, Marathon runner, Long-distance runner, Athletics competitor)
Billy Mills
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Birthdate: June 30, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pine Ridge
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Khalid Khannouchi
(Long-distance runner)
Khalid Khannouchi
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Birthdate: September 12, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Meknes, Morocco
 7 
Ryan Hall
(Retired American Long-Distance Runner Who Holds the U.S. Record in the Half Marathon)
Ryan Hall
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Birthdate: October 14, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kirkland, Washington, United States
 8 
Joan Benoit
(Marathon runner, Long-distance runner)
Joan Benoit
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Birthdate: May 16, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cape Elizabeth, Maine, United States
 9 
Michele Graglia
(Ultramarathon runner)
Michele Graglia
3
Birthdate: August 30, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sanremo, Italy
 10 
Jason McElwain
(Basketball Player)
Jason McElwain
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Birthdate: October 20, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States
 11 
Fred Lebow
(Runner)
Fred Lebow
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Birthdate: June 3, 1932
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Arad, Romania
Died: October 9, 1994
 12 
Aliphine Tuliamuk
(Long-distance runner, Marathon runner)
Aliphine Tuliamuk
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Birthdate: April 5, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: West Pokot County, Kenya
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Abdihakem Abdirahman
(Long-distance runner, Marathon runner)
Abdihakem Abdirahman
1
Birthdate: January 1, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mogadishu, Somalia
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Johnny Kelley
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Birthdate: September 6, 1907
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Medford, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 6, 2004
 15 
Johnny Hayes
(Marathon runner, Long-distance runner)
Johnny Hayes
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Birthdate: April 10, 1886
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: August 25, 1965
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Diane Nukuri
(Athlete)
Diane Nukuri
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Birthdate: December 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Burundi
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Philemon Hanneck
(Olympic athlete)
Philemon Hanneck
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Birthdate: May 12, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe
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Buddy Edelen
(Marathon Runner)
Buddy Edelen
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Birthdate: September 22, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Harrodsburg, Kentucky, United States
Died: February 19, 1997