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.

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 1 David Goggins

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

 2 Terry Fox

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Birthdate: July 28, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada
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.

 3 Wim Hof

Wim Hof.
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: April 20, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sittard, Limburg, Netherlands

 4 Eliud Kipchoge

Eliud Kipchoge.
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Famous As: Long-distance runner
Birthdate: November 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kapsisiywa, Nandi County, Kenya

 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
Birthplace: Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark

Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark is the first in order of succession to the Danish throne. Frederik has various interests that range from climate change to sports. He often encourages the people of Denmark to stay active and healthy. He has also established the Crown Prince Frederik's Foundation, which aims to provide financial support to students and encourage scientific expeditions.

 6 Paula Radcliffe

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Famous As: Marathon runner, Long-distance runner, Athletics competitor
Birthdate: December 17, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Northwich
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 7 Kenenisa Bekele

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Famous As: Long-distance runner
Birthdate: June 13, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bekoji, Ethiopia
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 8 Dean Karnazes

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

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

 10 Zola Budd

Zola Budd
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Famous As: Middle-distance runner, Marathon runner
Birthdate: May 26, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bloemfontein
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 11 Abebe Bikila

Abebe Bikila.
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Famous As: Olympic marathon champion
Birthdate: August 7, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ethiopia
Died: October 25, 1973

Ethiopian marathon runner, Abebe Bikil,a became the first black African Olympic gold medalist at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. Four years later, he won his second gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. He created world record both the times. A pioneer in long-distance running, he participated in a total of 16 marathons. 

 12 Fauja Singh

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Famous As: Marathon runner, Long-distance runner, Athletics competitor
Birthdate: April 1, 1911
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jalandhar
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 13 Kílian Jornet Burgada

Kílian Jornet Burgada
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Famous As: Skier
Birthdate: October 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sabadell, Spain

 14 Alberto Salazar

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

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Famous As: Long Distance Runner
Birthdate: September 19, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Koprivnice
Died: November 22, 2000

Winner of four Olympic golds, three of which came from the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, Czech long-distance runner Emil Zatopek came to be known as the Czech Locomotive and The Bouncing Czech for his speed. He lost his Communist Party membership for criticizing the 1968 Soviet takeover of Czechoslovakia.

 16 Paavo Nurmi

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Famous As: Long-distance runner
Birthdate: June 13, 1897
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Turku, Finland
Died: October 2, 1973
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 17 Meb Keflezighi

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

 18 Tirunesh Dibaba

Tirunesh Dibaba
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Famous As: long-distance runner, athletics competitor
Birthdate: June 1, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bekoji, Ethiopia

 19 Genzebe Dibaba

Genzebe Dibaba
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Famous As: Long-distance runner
Birthdate: February 8, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bekoji, Ethiopia

 20 Shizo Kanakuri

Shizo Kanakuri
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Famous As: Marathon runner, Athletics competitor
Birthdate: August 20, 1891
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tamana
Died: November 13, 1983
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 21 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

 22 Yiannis Kouros

Yiannis Kouros
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Famous As: Ultramarathon runner
Birthdate: February 13, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tripoli, Greece

 23 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

 24 Spiridon Louis

Spiridon Louis
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: January 12, 1873
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Marousi, Greece
Died: March 26, 1940
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 25 Grete Waitz

Grete Waitz
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Famous As: Marathon runner
Birthdate: October 1, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway
Died: April 19, 2011

 26 Christopher Chataway

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Famous As: Runner
Birthdate: January 31, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chelsea, London, England
Died: January 19, 2014
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 27 Lelisa Desisa

Lelisa Desisa
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Famous As: Marathon runner
Birthdate: January 14, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shewa, Oromia, Ethiopia

 28 Satcha Pretto

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: April 5, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: La Paz

Satcha Pretto is a Honduran journalist best known for appearing as a news co-anchor in the popular American Spanish language television show, Despierta America. Over the years, she has received many recognitions for her work in broadcast journalism. In 2017, People en Espanol magazine included her in their 25 Most Powerful Women list.

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 29 Michele Graglia

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

 30 Khalid Khannouchi

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

 31 Feyisa Lilesa

Feyisa Lilesa
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Famous As: Athlete, Long-distance runner
Birthdate: February 1, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oromia, Ethiopia

 32 John Treacy

John Treacy
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Famous As: Marathon runner
Birthdate: June 4, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Villierstown, Ireland
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 33 Jane Tomlinson

Jane Tomlinson
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: February 21, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wakefield, England
Died: September 3, 2007

 34 Ejegayehu Dibaba

Ejegayehu Dibaba
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Famous As: Marathon runner
Birthdate: March 21, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ethiopia
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 35 Hannes Kolehmainen

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Famous As: Runner
Birthdate: December 9, 1889
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kuopio, Finland
Died: January 11, 1966

 36 Jerry Kiernan

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Famous As: Marathon runner
Birthdate: May 31, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Listowel, County Kerry, Ireland
Died: January 21, 2021
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 37 Shura Kitata

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Famous As: Marathon runner
Birthdate: June 9, 1996
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ethiopia

 38 Mamo Wolde

Mamo Wolde
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: June 12, 1932
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ada'a, Ethiopia
Died: May 26, 2002

 39 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

 40 Waldemar Cierpinski

Waldemar Cierpinski
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: August 3, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Neugattersleben, Nienburg, Germany

 41 Selemon Barega

Selemon Barega
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Famous As: Long-distance runner
Birthdate: January 20, 2000
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gurage, Ethiopia

 42 Ashprihanal Pekka Aalto

Ashprihanal Pekka Aalto
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Famous As: Ultramarathon Runner
Birthdate: August 27, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

 43 Gezahegne Abera

Gezahegne Abera
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Famous As: Marathon runner
Birthdate: April 23, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ethiopia

 44 Tiki Gelana

Tiki Gelana
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Famous As: Long-distance runner
Birthdate: October 22, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jijiga, Ethiopia

 45 Sileshi Sihine

Sileshi Sihine
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Famous As: Long-distance runner
Birthdate: January 29, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sheno, Ethiopia

 46 Alain Mimoun

Alain Mimoun
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Famous As: Distance runner
Birthdate: January 1, 1921
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Telagh, Algeria
Died: June 27, 2013

 47 Volha Mazuronak

Volha Mazuronak
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Famous As: Marathon runner
Birthdate: April 14, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Karagandy, Kazakhstan

 48 Jim Peters

Jim Peters
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: October 24, 1918
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England
Died: January 9, 1999

 49 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

 50 Vladimir Kuts

Vladimir Kuts
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Famous As: Long-distance Runner
Birthdate: February 7, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Trostyanets'kyi district, Ukraine
Died: August 16, 1975
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