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 Steve Prefontaine

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

Best to ever come

My Best friends great uncile was Steve prefontaine

3 Emil Zatopek

The best of his and any other generation.

4 Jesse Owens Jesse Owens
5 Frank Shorter
6 Paavo Nurmi


7 Mo Farah
8 Roger Bannister
9 Mary Slaney
10 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.

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

Top is dum usain bolt is first

Because his a dick yeaaahh

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 Kenenisa Bekele

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

16 Sonya Richards-Ross
17 Ryan Hall
18 Carl Lewis Carl Lewis
19 Eliud Kipchoge
20 Lasse Viren

Four gold olympic medals at 5 and 10 km.

21 Sebastian Coe
22 Vivian Cheruiyot
23 Benjamin Foster
24 Kenny Moore
25 Otis Davis
26 Steve Ovett
27 Steve Cram
28 Meb Keflezighi
29 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.

30 David Rudisha
31 Kevin Hayes

Ya boi

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