Running is a tough sport made for tough people. Runners area free spirited group of individuals and one way of showing their rebelliousness can be interpreted through their physical appearance. Growing your hair out long is certainly one way of doing this.
Let me put it this way; when you “toe” the line at a race, look to your side and see a long haired man, you are likely going to be intimidated. On another note, running with longer hair can be somewhat of a challenge. You constantly need to tie it up with hair accessories to keep it out of your face. Along with that, you’re facing negative factors like running with more weight and less wind resistance (not so much in distance running), which can play a role in short distance sprints. It’s kind of like swimming, the less hair you have, the less resistance there is, thus making you more aero-dynamic. So, if you’re seriously looking to run your best and have a PR(personal record) you might want to buzz it off or keep it short. That being said, props to you guys who do it.
You don’t see a whole lot of male runners these days with a long hairstyle. I could see why though. In the sport of running where every second counts, who’s willing to give up a few precious seconds for some style points? However I guess one could argue that having long hair could give you motivation to disprove the “haters” or doubters.
The following are some famous runners with long hair:
- Steve Prefontaine – (Distance runner from 1970’s)
- Christian Smith – 800m / Mid-Distance
- Anthony Famiglietti – Steeple Chaser
- Walter Dix – Sprinter
- Anton Krupicka – Ultra Marathoner
- Evan Jager – Distance / Steeplechase
- Tim Nelson – Distance
- Will Leer – Distance
- Forest Gump – Wait! He wasn’t a fictional runner…
- Ben Blankenship- (Rumored to be the first SUB 4 ponytail)
- Michael Wardian – Ultra Marathoner
- Andrew Colley
- Ryan Sheehan