One thing even more annoying than people who try to show off how unracist they are is people who complain about them, and try to act like they are too tough and hard-boiled to deal with any of this "libtard non-racist crap". By the way, it is possible to think that Kenyans are being unfairly stereotyped not because one wants to demonstrate one's enlightened, equalitarian nature, but because it's true.
I don't agree with the idea that distance runners need to find some shtick, like a dance or a motto or a tattoo, to make themselves "interesting". I think it is the job of journalists to bring out the stories and tell something interesting about the athletes. Runners may seem "boring", but that is a failure of the media, or modern culture in general, not the runners. I've read a lot of old T & F News interviews from the 70's and 80's, and almost all of them were interesting. It's like interviewing has become a lost art, and now interviewers just ask the same questions over and over, and every athlete sounds more or less the same. It's the same in all sports. It's not like NFL or NBA or MLB players are more interesting than runners. I would imagine that in general, runners would be more interesting to interview than athletes in many other sports, given the more cerebral nature of the life of a distance runner.
When I think of American legends of marathoning, I think of people like Frank Shorter, Bill Rodgers, Alberto Salazar, Joan Samuelson, and Deena Drossin. None of these runners are particularly zany or wild or crazy on the surface. They are not cool like, say, that wacky guy Dennis Rodman, or Johnny Football, or whoever is considered to be "charismatic" (is "charismatic" a synonym for "annoying egotistical idiot"?) . But they are interesting nonetheless. You don't necessarily even have to like them, but when you have a highly successful runners, there are usually some interesting stories there. But you need skilled journalists to bring those stories out.
In my opinion, Muhammad Ali took the whole idea of being the joking, boastful, larger-than-life super-athlete to its zenith. After him, that character should have been retired. Trying to be charismatic in that way only works for rare characters like Ali who have intelligence to back it up. In most cases, it just provides the more self-absorbed athletes a way to demonstrate what a bunch of turds they are.