Greatest Runners of All Time

This means any distance from the shortest sprint to the longest ultramarathon. The title does not say the fastest. I am referring to the runner who did their job well but inspired groups while doing it.

The Top Ten

1 Allyson Felix

The best runner of all time!

2 Emil Zatopek

Best man

The best of his and any other generation.

3 Steve Prefontaine

Style, grace and a true grit to overcome.. '

Best to ever come

My Best friends great uncile was Steve prefontaine

4 Jesse Owens Jesse Owens
5 Frank Shorter
6 Mo Farah

He’s really Amazing

7 Paavo Nurmi


8 Roger Bannister
9 Usain Bolt Usain Bolt Usain St. Leo Bolt is a Jamaican sprinter. Regarded as the fastest person ever timed, he is the first man to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records since fully automatic time measurements became mandatory in 1977. Along with his teammates, he also set the world record in the 4×100 metres more.

The fastest man to ever walk the earth! What is greater than that?

Why is he not first have you all gone insane? Or should I say, HAVE YOU ALL GONE USAIN.

HE broke a RECORD how is he not 1st he is the fastest person in the world.

Top is dum usain bolt is first

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10 Mary Slaney

The Contenders

11 Alberto Salazar
12 Bill Dellinger
13 Galen Rupp
14 Haile Gebrselassie

Can't believe he isn't even on the list. Haile G is the greatest runner of all time. He broke 61 Ethiopian National Records ranging from 800 meters to the marathon and set 27 world records over the course of his long career in cross country, indoor track, outdoors, and road racing. His form, style, guts, and kick are all both unique as they are legendary. He also gives back to his people, owns several successful businesses, speaks fantastic English, and plans to serve in his government to further spread his care for others. All-around stand-up guy. My hero & inspiration

15 Eliud Kipchoge

What retard put Allyson Felix over kipchoge

16 Kenenisa Bekele

World record holder 5000 and 10000 will go and break the marathon world record 11 times world cross country champion

17 Sonya Richards-Ross
18 Ryan Hall
19 Lasse Viren

Back to back 5k and 20k at the Olympics. Maybe not the greatest, but certainly the best Competitor of all time

Four gold olympic medals at 5 and 10 km.

20 Carl Lewis Carl Lewis Frederick Carlton "Carl" Lewis is an American former track and field athlete who won nine Olympic gold medals, one Olympic silver medal, and 10 World Championships medals, including eight gold. His career spanned from 1979 to 1996, when he last won an Olympic event.
21 Sebastian Coe
22 Meb Keflezighi
23 David Rudisha
24 Kevin Hayes

Ya boi

25 Vivian Cheruiyot
26 Grete Waitz
27 Bianca Williams
28 Benjamin Foster
29 Kenny Moore
30 Otis Davis
31 Steve Ovett
32 Steve Cram
33 Sammy Wanjiru

While Wanjiru had a short career it was incredible. I have never seen a runner who could break a field down like Wanjiru. His form was near perfect and his toughness was unsurpassed. In short the man was a beast on the roads and had he lived there would be no debate.

34 Hannes Kolehmainen
35 Ana Fidelia Quirot
36 Dina Asher-Smith
37 Gina Lückenkemper
38 Dafne Schippers
39 Lonah Chemtai Salpeter
40 Susan Krumins
41 Meraf Bahta
42 Volha Mazuronak
43 Clémence Calvin
44 Eva Vrabcová-Nývltová
45 Laura Muir
46 Sofia Ennaoui
47 Laura Weightman
48 Sifan Hassan
49 Eilish McColgan
50 Yasemin Can
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Top Remixes

1. Roger Bannister
2. Frank Shorter
3. Alberto Salazar
1. Emil Zatopek
2. Steve Prefontaine
3. Jesse Owens


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