Yiannis Kouros (Greek: Γιάννης Κούρος; born February 13, 1956 in Tripoli, Greece) is a Greek ultramarathon runner based in Melbourne. He is sometimes called the "Running God" or "Pheidippides Successor". He holds every men's outdoor road world record from 100 to 1,000 miles and every road and track record from 12 hours to 6 days. In 1991, he starred as Pheidippides in the movie The Story of the Marathon: A Hero's Journey, which chronicles the history of marathon running.
Kouros came to prominence when he won the Spartathlon in 1984 in record time and the Sydney to Melbourne Ultramarathon in 1985 in a record time of 5 days, 5 hours, 7 minutes and 6 seconds. He beat the previous record held by Cliff Young.
Kouros says that his secret is that "when other people get tired, they stop. I DON'T. I take over my body with my mind. I tell it that it's not tired and it listens."
Kouros has also written over 1,000 poems (several of which appear in his book Symblegmata (Clusters)) and the book The Six-Day Run of the Century.
According to the International Association of Ultrarunners, as of February 2013.
|100 miles||Road||11h 46min 37s||13.665 km/h|
|1000 km||Track||5d 16h 17min 00s||7.338 km/h|
|1000 km||Road||5d 20h 13min 40s||7.131 km/h|
|1000 miles||Road||10d 10h 30min 36s||6.424 km/h|
|12 h||Road||162.543 km||13.545 km/h|
|24 h||Road||290.221 km||12.093 km/h|
|24 h||Track||303.506 km||12.646 km/h|
|48 h||Road||433.095 km||9.023 km/h|
|48 h||Track||473.797 km||9.875 km/h|
|6 days||Road||1028.370 km||7.142 km/h|
|6 days||Track||1038.851 km||7.214 km/h|
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