The 2011 RunningUSA National Runners Survey asked participants to identify top runners or running personalities. The survey results were a combination of current elite athletes and those who helped shape the sport over the last few decades. The majority of runners on the list are Americans. There is a good mix of men and women. Many of the current top elite athletes did not make the list. The top twelve recognized runners are listed below:
In a separate question, participants were asked if they follow the sport of competitive running?
Of note, several of these runners mentioned above have spoken over the last several yeasrs at the Dick Beardsley Run in early September in Detroit Lakes, MN. The speaker gives a presentation the evening before the race at the community center. Previous speakers have included: Alberto Salazar, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Bill Rodgers, Frank Shorter and Bart Yasso.
I will take suggestions for the most famous running personalities in Otter Tail County, Minnesota. That may be a separate blog post. Any ideas?