An athlete who competes in long- or middle-distance races.
- He is only 22 and well down the road to surpassing Gebrselassie as the greatest distance runner of all time.
- She's at a stage in her career when, as a distance runner, she's got plenty left in her.
- Growing up a skinny kid in New Jersey, I had no dates, social skills nor athletic talents and therefore was encouraged to become a distance runner.
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