30 Running Themed Quiz Questions

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Ah, the much-loved quiz. Thanks to Coronavirus, it appears that everyone is doing a quiz every week now. For runners wanting to host a running themed round, here are 30 running themed quiz questions to send your mind ‘racing.’ Good luck!

Let’s get quizzical, running style

Who doesn’t love a good quiz with friends?

A fun, light-hearted and sometimes tension raising game, during a quiz participants attempt to correctly answer questions on a given subject. Each question will be worth a certain amount of points (usually one) and the person with the highest score at the end wins. Sounds simple enough, right?

Quizzes tend to consist of several rounds, typically 4-8. Each round will have a different theme which should level the playing field for participants. Someone maybe savvy in a music round but be rubbish at answering general knowledge, whereas the reverse may be true for somebody else in the same group.

For the runners out there, here are 30 themed questions for a running round in a quiz. 

  1. The Marathon des Sables, a six-day 151-mile endurance race in the dessert, is often described as the toughest foot race in the world. Which African country does it take place in?
  2. The first sub 4-minute mile was achieved in 1954. Who was the British athlete who accomplished this feat?
  3. Which band released the bestselling album Band on the Run?
  4. British runner Sebastian Coe was the second man ever to hold simultaneous Olympic gold medals for the 800 and 1,500-meter races. How many gold medals did he win across his entire career?
  5. What is the current world record for the 100-metre sprint, to the nearest .10 of a second?
  6. Run Fat Boy Run is a feel-good comedy about an unfit man trying to impress the women of his dreams by running the London marathon. Who plays the main character?
  7. The lyrics of Bruce Springsteen’s 1975 hit ‘Born to Run’ take the form of a passionate love letter. What is the name of the girl whom the letter is addressed to?
  8. In October 2019, Eliud Kipchoge became the first man ever to run a marathon in under 2 hours. What city, in which European country, did he accomplish this feat?
  9. In the 1994 movie Forrest Gump, how long does Forrest keep running for in years and months?
  10. Who has won the New York marathon nine times?
  11. ‘Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen’ is the bestselling running book by which author?
  12. In 1897, which American city hosted the first modern day marathon?
  13. In a dramatic end to the running segment of the World Triathlon Series in Cozumel, Mexico in 2016, what circumstances saw The Brownlee brothers cross the line together?
  14. Who plays the runner in the 1976 film marathon man?
  15. For 13 years straight, which world-famous marathon is the largest annual single-day charity fundraising event, raising £66.4 million in 2019 alone?
  16. Steve “Pre” Prefontaine was an American long-distance who set American records in every distance from 2,000 to 10,000 metres. How many Olympic medals did he win before sadly dying in a car crash aged 24?
  17. The treadmill is an English invention from 1817. What was its original intention?
  18. The Boston Marathon was the first marathon to allow women to enter. What year were women finally allowed to participate?
  19. How far is a half marathon in miles?
  20. ‘Run for fun? What the hell kind of fun is that?’ is a quote from which 1990 film about time travel?
  21. According to multi-national sports company ASICS, how often in miles should runners replace their shoes?
  22. How many bones are in a human foot?
  23. What animal is the fastest runner on Earth?
  24. What are the rules for a beer mile?
  25. The world record for the 4 x 100 metres relay was set in the 2012 Olympic games by Jamaica at 36:84 seconds. Name any two of the four runners who made up the relay team.
  26. What is the backstory for how the marathon event got its specific distance?
  27. What is the common term used to describe any one of several conditions that cause pain around the kneecap, typically experienced by runners?
  28. How many Olympic gold medals did Usain Bolt win before retiring?
  29. What is four-time Boston Marathon winner Bill Rodgers’ favourite pizza topping?
  30. Chariots of Fire is the true story of two British men who train and compete in the Olympics. One runs for the glory of God and the other to overcome prejudice as an English Jew. What Olympic games do they compete in during the film?




  1. Sahara Desert in Morocco
  2. Roger Bannister
  3. Wings
  4. Four
  5. 58 seconds
  6. Simon Pegg
  7. Wendy
  8. Vienna, Austria
  9. 3 years and 2 months
  10. Grete Waitz
  11. Christopher McDougall
  12. Boston
  13. Johnny almost passed out from heat exhaustion when Alistair put his arm around his brother and dragged him across finish line
  14. Dustin Hoffman
  15. The London Marathon
  16. None
  17. Punishment for prisoners
  18. 1972
  19. 13. 1 miles
  20. Back to the Future 3
  21. Every 450 to 550 miles. Any answer within these two figures can be awarded a mark.
  22. 26
  23. The cheetah is considered the fastest land animal. It can achieve speeds upwards of 70 miles per hour
  24. Drink 4 beers and run 4 laps around an athletic track. Each beer must be fully consumed at the start of each lap
  25. Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Yohan Blake, Usain Bolt
  26. Greek solider Pheidippides ran from a battlefield near the town of Marathon, Greece, to Athens in 490 B.C. According to legend, Pheidippides ran approximately 25 miles to announce the defeat of the Persians to some anxious Athenians
  27. Runners Knee
  28. Seven
  29. Mayonnaise
  30. 1924, Paris, France

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