50 years of Runner’s World covers

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

Runner’s 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

Alf Tupper, the ‘tough of the track’, appears on one of our favourite covers.

2013

Mo Farah stars on the cover, and in our Heroes of Running awards.

2013

RW UK’s 20th anniversary 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 cover-starring through the fashion-tastic ages.