Famous Marathon Runners - List of Famous 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.

The Most Famous Marathon Runners

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Satcha PrettoApril 5, 1980HonduranSatchaPretto is an Emmy award-winning journalist for the largest Spanish-language television channel in the United States
Emil ZatopekSeptember 19, 1922CzechEmil Zatopek was an accomplished, world record breaking long distance runner
Abebe BikilaAugust 7, 1932EthiopianAbebe Bikila was a prominent Olympic marathon champion from Ethiopia
Terry FoxJuly 28, 1958CanadianTerry Fox was a Canadian athlete who became a national hero by embarking on a marathon to raise funds for cancer research
Abebe Bikila

Abebe Bikila

Abebe Bikila was a prominent Olympic marathon champion from Ethiopia

EthiopianAugust 7, 1932140 views

Satcha Pretto

SatchaPretto is an Emmy award-winning journalist for the largest Spanish-language television channel in the United States

HonduranApril 5, 1980422 views

Terry Fox

Terry Fox was a Canadian athlete who became a national hero by embarking on a marathon to raise funds for cancer research

CanadianJuly 28, 1958120 views

Emil Zatopek

Emil Zatopek was an accomplished, world record breaking long distance runner

CzechSeptember 19, 1922158 views