50 Years Of Covers
Fashions change, thankfully
1966 Distance Running News, which would evolve into Runner’s World, launches in the US.
1969 US distance runner Cherrie Bridges is the first woman on the cover.
1970 The magazine becomes Runner’s World in the US.
1979 In the UK, Jogging Magazine, which will be taken over by the RW team, launches.
1981 Actress Audrey Landers ( Dallas’s Afton Cooper) and her sister Judy (also an actress) grace the US cover. We’re not sure why, but it was the 1980s.
1986 RW marks its 20th anniversary in the US.
1992 World Germany launches.
1993 Jogging Magazine changes its name and Runner’s World debuts on UK newsstands.
1993 Runner’s World South Africa launches.
1994 The cover features elite marathoner Richard Nerukar wearing the shortest shorts in the history of running.
1995 Runner’s World Netherlands launches.
1995 A story on Oprah Winfrey’s marathon
becomes RW US’S bestselling issue to date.
1996 Runner’s World Sweden launches.
1998 Runner’s World Australia launches.
2002 Runner’s World Spain launches.
2006 Runner’s World Italy launches.
2008 Runner’s World France launches.
2008 Runner’s World Poland launches.
2008 Runner’s World Brazil launches.
2012 Runner’s World China launches.
2013 Runner’s World Norway launches.
2013 (Feb) Alf Tupper, the ‘tough of the track’, appears on one of our favourite covers. 2013 (Aug) Mo Farah stars on the cover, and in our Heroes of Running awards.
2013 (Oct) RW UK’S 20thanniversary special features
Paula Radcliffe on the cover.
2014 Runner’s World Argentina launches.
2014 Runner’s World Hungary launches.
2016 RW US celebrates 50 years, with comedian and runner Kevin Hart gamely coverstarring through the fashiontastic ages.