Are you a runner? Want to find the perfect baby name that pays homage to the sport you love? Here are 26.2 suggestions of names related to running.

Comment below to sumbit names you think would be great for a *runner* baby!


  1. Shalane! 😀

  2. I love that my son’s name made the list! :)

  3. I’m actually married to Michael Johnson. Bahahahaha!

    He’s SOOOOOOOO not a sprinter, however…. but cool that he has a superstar track runner’s name.

  4. Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal says:

    @ Allison:
    Totally awesome name!!

  5. Stride?

  6. How about “My Mom’s a Runner and All I Got Was this Crappy Name.”

  7. You’re so cute :)

  8. My son’s name is Boston. :) He was born exactly nine months to the day after I ran my first Boston marathon. (He was 3 weeks early) Loved the name before I ran the marathon though.

  9. My daughters middle name is Reese, which means “running” in Welch.

  10. Serenity….because that is what running brings me.

  11. FLORENCE!!!

  12. my daughter’s name may or may not have been influenced by kara goucher. my husband and i also met on the forums at, so we were aiming to keep running in the family 😉

  13. My dogs names are Miles and Chase, and we named them these names because both the hubby and I are runners. People thought that this was strange at first, but I like the names.

  14. this is TOO cute! i love it!
    we talked about the name chase a bunch when i was pregnant with will. i love it. robert was not a fan though!
    so, funny story – we did not name baby Gus thinking his name would have any relation to running – at.all. But friends have told me that when they type his name in a text message to me, their iphone auto-corrects it to GUs. the energy gels! totally makes me laugh!
    xxoo i love this post it makes me smile :o)

  15. I actually have contemplated the name, Marathon, for one of my future kids :) have to get hubby on board for that though.

  16. fun! Strider, Ollie (Olympics…), Flash although that’s more a dogs name ha.

  17. This is the cutest list ever. I love it.

  18. I got lucky I have “Miles” for a name

  19. This is a cute list :) I am going to give my kid (future virtual kid) a running time.

    How awful would fartlek be for a name? haha.

  20. Love this!!!

  21. I quite like mile 4!

  22. my youngest is mile #4!

    my #3’s name is Roman. That’s a good runner name too I think! :)

  23. Oo0o this post is very clever! I keep thinking of Ace (for Asics) or Bolt after Usain Bolt.

  24. Super cute! I think Miles and Dash are definitely my favorite. Not gonna lie, I love that my name made the list too! :) How about Eugene? As in Eugene, Oregon aka Track City USA!

  25. Hmmm – how about Nuun?

  26. Brooks! I went to high school with a kid named Brooks, tho I don’t know if it was after the running company.

  27. MarathonKarl says:

    Great post – this is truly taking our passion to the next level.. I’m just happy my parents didn’t call me Fartlek :-)

    I believe Ryan would be a great name. Ryan Hall is in my opinion the greatest athlete around today, a true inspiration for us all and evidence of what we can all achieve when we accept our commitment to cultivate the great gifts God has given us. :-)

  28. Love Dash. Bolt, Miles and Chase!
    How about Greta? Alberto? Bilila? Zatopek? Roger (for Sir Roger)? Quenton (from Once A Runner)?
    There’s always Legend as well 😉
    But I must say, my absolute fave would be … Pheidippides!

  29. Katherine sounds good to hear with, In my second baby. Hopefully, I will name it Katherine.

  30. Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal says:

    Congrats on baby #2 Martha!

  31. Spyros sounds like a perfect name of a runner, so unique! I just got a name for my future baby.. Hopefully! :)

  32. The name is not important but rather the journey to success is. So yes choose a name if you want once you aware that it has has no bearing on your success.

  33. From your post its quite obvious that running plays a major role in your life. and you share your passion for running so well and vividly.

  34. I dont envy having you as my parent , your would have already decided what I would become based on the name you chose for me.

  35. From the impressive list of names that you provide I can see that you truly love running. I hope you many more years of joyful running.

  36. If I had to choose a name from your list I would choose Kenya as a name. Kenya is associated with so man y long distant runners.

  37. Choosing a babies name based on famous runner doe not make your baby a runner when they growth up, but rather careful nutruring intothe sport.

  38. As a runner I can’t think of a good reasom for choosing the name for my baby after a famous runner just to pay homage. I guess each to his own.

  39. My sons names are Miles and Lane (like on a track). Daddy is a track coach.

  40. I can’t believe the name “Runner” didn’t make the list………. ?? i love that name!

  41. I would love it if Rees meant running in Welch. But I think the word is actually Rhedeg.

  42. Who forgot Mary Cain!!!!

  43. Brooks!!!!

  44. LOL! Love this!

  45. My son’s name is Pace! We actually named him that before I started running… But I always think how cool it is now that I am a runner. I’ll be running my first marathon at the end of the month at MCM!

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  51. Sm…poor kid….Boston is a city….not a name for a baby! What is wrong with people today??@ Andrea (Run. Learn. Repeat.):

  52. I know a little girl named Pace.

  53. Anonymous says:

    My next dog will be named Pacer

  54. Our youngest daughter is named Cadence and was born this past (Boston) marathon Monday. We almost didn’t go with the name bc my husband and I both run but it’s the only name we both could agree on.

  55. Ahh love that – so adorable!

  56. That’s funny. I don’t have children (human ones) but since I started running I said i wished I had a little girl named Cadence or Caydee. Maybe my next dog will get that name…

  57. Mary is my oldest (Mary decker) and Zola is my middle daughter’s name (Zola Budd) ironically I named all my children after family members. It just worked out wonderfully that they got runner names since their momma runs so much!!

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