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Our 50 favorite race signs

Our 50 favorite race signs. No. 11: Keep calm and don't poop your pants. Spectators play a vital role during races. When I’m struggling in the middle of a race, a motivating cheer or funny sign can make me smile, lift my spirits, and give me the extra energy that I need to keep pushing.

The Baltimore Running Festival was held October 18, and a few days before the race weekend, race directors published a list of acceptable cheers – and a few unacceptable ones. Topping the list of undesirable chants was “almost there” and “not far to go”. Race organizers asked spectators to cheer that only if they were within a hundred yards or so of the finish line – something runners likely appreciated. There are few things more disheartening hearing “you’re almost there” when you’re at mile 19 or 20 of a marathon!

This list got us thinking about motivational and fun race signs and cheers we’ve seen. Here are 50 of our favorites:

  1. Run like you stole something.
  2. Run like someone just called you a jogger.
  3. My legs hurt just watching you.
  4. Worst parade ever.
  5. Pain is temporary, pride is forever.
  6. Your feet hurt because you’re kicking butt.
  7. Kick some asphalt.
  8. Less than 1% of people have run a marathon. Congrats for being the 1%.
  9. You may be in 1,000th place, but you’re number one in my heart.
  10. Dig deeper than a kid seeking boogers.
  11. Keep calm and don’t poop your pants.
  12. Run like Ryan Gosling is waiting at the finish line for you with a puppy.
  13. Chafe now, wine later.
  14. May the course be with you.
  15. Running is a mental sport, and you’re all insane.
  16. Chuck Norris never ran a marathon.
  17. New Year’s Resolution? Check!
  18. If you think this is hard, try dating me.
  19. Remember, you paid a lot of money to do this!
  20. You are stronger than you think.
  21. Toenails are for sissies.
  22. There will be a day when you can no longer do this. Today is not that day.
  23. That’s not sweat, it’s your fat cells crying.
  24. Pain is temporary, Internet results are forever.
  25. Run faster than Oprah did.
  26. If you can read this you are not running fast enough.
  27. You’re not a runner anymore, you’re a marathoner.
  28. You are the slowest runner I’ve seen so far.
  29. If it were easy, I’d be running next to you.
  30. It’s just a hill – get over it.
  31. Pain is weakness leaving the body.
  32. Only 25 miles to go.
  33. This seems like a lot of work for a free banana.
  34. Courage to start. Faith to finish.
  35. I’m sure this seemed like a good idea 4 months ago.
  36. Run easy – you’re not going to win.
  37. Run faster. My arms hurt.
  38. You’re running better than the government.
  39. Don’t stop – people are watching.
  40. Why do the cute ones run away?
  41. At least you’re not at work.
  42. Smile if you’re not wearing underwear.
  43. I’m a stranger, but I’m proud of you.
  44. Because 26.3 miles would be crazy.
  45. The end is near.
  46. Hurry! The half marathoners are eating all of your food.
  47. Sweat is liquid awesome.
  48. Your high school gym teacher would be so proud.
  49. Today, you’re my hero.
  50. Congrats on accomplishing your dream.

Written by Jen Matz. 

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