Famous American Marathon Runners

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 1 Frank Shorter

Frank Shorter
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Famous As: Marathon runner, Long-distance runner, Athletics competitor
Birthdate: October 31, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Munich

 2 David Goggins

David Goggins
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Famous As: Ultramarathon runner
Birthdate: February 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States

 3 Dean Karnazes

Dean Karnazes
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Famous As: Ultramarathon runner
Birthdate: August 23, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Inglewood, California, U.S.

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

Alberto Salazar
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Famous As: Marathon runner, Athletics competitor
Birthdate: August 7, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Havana

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.

 5 Billy Mills

Billy Mills
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Famous As: Officer, Marathon runner, Long-distance runner, Athletics competitor
Birthdate: June 30, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pine Ridge

 6 Khalid Khannouchi

Khalid Khannouchi
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Famous As: Long-distance runner
Birthdate: September 12, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Meknes, Morocco

 7 Michele Graglia

Michele Graglia
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Famous As: Ultramarathon runner
Birthdate: August 30, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sanremo, Italy
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 8 Jason McElwain

Jason McElwain
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: October 20, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States

 9 Joan Benoit

Joan Benoit
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Famous As: Marathon runner, Long-distance runner
Birthdate: May 16, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cape Elizabeth, Maine, United States

 10 Aliphine Tuliamuk

Aliphine Tuliamuk
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Famous As: Long-distance runner, Marathon runner
Birthdate: April 5, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: West Pokot County, Kenya

 11 Fred Lebow

Fred Lebow
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Famous As: Runner
Birthdate: June 3, 1932
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Arad, Romania
Died: October 9, 1994

 12 Abdihakem Abdirahman

Abdihakem Abdirahman
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Famous As: Long-distance runner, Marathon runner
Birthdate: January 1, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mogadishu, Somalia

 13 Johnny Kelley

Johnny Kelley
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Famous As: Runner
Birthdate: September 6, 1907
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Medford, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 6, 2004

 14 Johnny Hayes

Johnny Hayes
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Famous As: Marathon runner, Long-distance runner
Birthdate: April 10, 1886
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: August 25, 1965

 15 Diane Nukuri

Diane Nukuri
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: December 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Burundi

 16 Philemon Hanneck

Philemon Hanneck
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Famous As: Olympic athlete
Birthdate: May 12, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe

 17 Buddy Edelen

Buddy Edelen
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Famous As: Marathon Runner
Birthdate: September 22, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Harrodsburg, Kentucky, United States
Died: February 19, 1997