Marathon Runners

Marathoners are the recreational or professional runners who participate in a marathon. The marathon is a long-distance running event usually run as a road race. A marathon officially covers a distance of 42.195 kilometres (26 miles and 385 yards). The marathon is one of the major Olympic events, first included in the modern Olympics in 1896. Marathons are very popular sporting events with more than 500 marathons being held throughout the world each year. Both professional runners and recreational athletes take part in marathons. Professional runners who rank among the top-finishers in major marathons earn good monetary rewards. There are also certain athletes who charge appearance fees for entering high-profile marathons. It is also common for celebrities from other fields like show business to participate in a marathon in order to promote some social cause. To run a marathon, the participants need to be in peak physical and mental conditions as the long-distance race is as much a test of their strength and endurance as it of their determination and resilience. Marathon running is also not without its risks; common risks include injury, fatigue, sprains and dehydration. Browse this section to explore about the life and works of various famous marathoners from all over the world.

 1 Wim Hof

Wim Hof
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: April 20, 1959
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Dutch

 2 David Goggins

David Goggins
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Famous As: Ultramarathon runner
Birthdate: February 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 3 Terry Fox

Terry Fox
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Birthdate: July 28, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Canadian
Died: June 28, 1981

Terry Fox was a popular cancer research activist and humanitarian. Despite suffering from cancer and having lost one of his legs to cancer, he embarked on a cross-country run to raise money for cancer research. Although he died at the age of 22, his efforts resulted in a worldwide legacy and gave rise to the annual Terry Fox Run.

 4 Eliud Kipchoge

Eliud Kipchoge
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Famous As: Long-distance runner
Birthdate: November 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Kenyan

 5 Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark

Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark
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Famous As: Eldest Son of Queen of Denmark Margrethe II
Birthdate: May 26, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Danish

 6 Abebe Bikila

Abebe Bikila
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Famous As: Olympic marathon champion
Birthdate: August 7, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Ethiopian
Died: October 25, 1973
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 7 Kílian Jornet Burgada

Kílian Jornet Burgada
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Famous As: Skier
Birthdate: October 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Spanish
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 8 Paula Radcliffe

Paula Radcliffe
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Famous As: Marathon runner, Long-distance runner, Athletics competitor
Birthdate: December 17, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
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 9 Dean Karnazes

Dean Karnazes
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Famous As: Ultramarathon runner
Birthdate: August 23, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 10 Fauja Singh

Fauja Singh
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Famous As: Marathon runner, Long-distance runner, Athletics competitor
Birthdate: April 1, 1911
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
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 11 Haile Gebrselassie

Haile Gebrselassie
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Famous As: Marathon runner, Long-distance runner, Athletics competitor
Birthdate: April 18, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Ethiopian

 12 Zola Budd

Zola Budd
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Famous As: Middle-distance runner, Marathon runner
Birthdate: May 26, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: South African
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 13 Emil Zatopek

Emil Zatopek
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Famous As: Long Distance Runner
Birthdate: September 19, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Czech
Died: November 22, 2000

 14 Alberto Salazar

Alberto Salazar
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Famous As: Marathon runner, Athletics competitor
Birthdate: August 7, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Cuban, American
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 15 Paavo Nurmi

Paavo Nurmi
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Famous As: Long-distance runner, Marathon runner, Athletics competitor
Birthdate: June 13, 1897
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Finnish
Died: October 2, 1973

 16 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
Nationality: American
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 17 Frank Shorter

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

 18 Christopher Chataway

Christopher Chataway
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Famous As: Runner
Birthdate: January 31, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Died: January 19, 2014

 19 Meb Keflezighi

Meb Keflezighi
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Famous As: Marathon runner, Long-distance runner, Athletics competitor
Birthdate: May 5, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Eritrean, American

 20 Grete Waitz

Grete Waitz
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Famous As: Marathon runner, Long-distance runner, Athletics competitor
Birthdate: October 1, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Norwegian
Died: April 19, 2011

 21 Mamo Wolde

Mamo Wolde
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: June 12, 1932
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Ethiopian
Died: May 26, 2002

 22 Spiridon Louis

Spiridon Louis
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: January 12, 1873
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Greek
Died: March 26, 1940
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 23 Satcha Pretto

Satcha Pretto
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: April 5, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Honduran

 24 Shizo Kanakuri

Shizo Kanakuri
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Famous As: Marathon runner, Athletics competitor
Birthdate: August 20, 1891
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Japanese
Died: November 13, 1983
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 25 Jane Tomlinson

Jane Tomlinson
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: February 21, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Died: September 3, 2007

 26 Fred Lebow

Fred Lebow
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Famous As: Runner
Birthdate: June 3, 1932
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: October 9, 1994
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 27 Vladimir Kuts

Vladimir Kuts
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Famous As: Long-distance Runner
Birthdate: February 7, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Russian
Died: August 16, 1975

 28 James Peters

James Peters
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: October 24, 1918
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: January 9, 1999
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 29 Gunder Hägg

Gunder Hägg
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: December 31, 1918
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Swedish
Died: November 27, 2004

 30 Johnny Kelley

Johnny Kelley
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Famous As: Runner
Birthdate: September 6, 1907
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: October 6, 2004
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 31 Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot

Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot
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Famous As: Marathon runner
Birthdate: September 26, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Kenyan

 32 Yobes Ondieki

Yobes Ondieki
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Famous As: Long-distance runner
Birthdate: February 21, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Kenyan
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 33 Veikko Hakulinen

Veikko Hakulinen
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Famous As: Olympic Athlete
Birthdate: January 4, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Finnish
Died: October 24, 2003

 34 Francesco Perrone

Francesco Perrone
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Famous As: Athletics
Birthdate: December 3, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Italian
Died: April 27, 2020

 35 Chirine Njeim

Chirine Njeim
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Famous As: Alpine skier
Birthdate: October 4, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Lebanese
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