Marathon Signs and Slogans

During a marathon, most runners have doubts.  But reading the perfect sign at the perfect moment can help put those fears out of their heads.    The average marathon runners is on the course for 4-5 hours and will go through several good and bad spots during the 26 miles 385 yards.  Usually it gets especially rough around 20-22 miles.  You have spent months  training and are so close to accomplishing your goal-but it seems like the finish is so far away.  If you are going to a marathon to cheer on a loved one you may want to make a sign to help all the runners during a rough point in the race.  Here are some of those spectator signs that can really help a marathoner though a rough sport.

  • “All walls have doors”   (seen at mile 22 of a marathon-when some runners hit the wall)
  • “This mile marker is farther than most people will ever reach”
  • “Pain is nothing compared to what it feels like to quit”
  • “You can throw in the towel or you can use it to wipe the sweat off of your face” (from Gatorade)
  • “Your place in history is almost secure” (Adidas sign at mile 23 of the Boston Marathon)
  • “Your feet won’t fail you know!”
  • “This is your moment.   Celebrate the pain”
  • “One foot in front of the other.  That’s all”
  • “You are no longer a runner, YOU are a marathoner.” (seen at mile 25 of the San Antonio marathon)
  • “Trust your training”
  • “Forget everything you’ve done.  It’s just a Sunday 10k left to do!”
  • “If you walk, you’ll still be hurting”
  • “FINISH” (seen at the end of every marathon)
  • “Don’t stop– people are looking”
  • ” That’s not sweat, it’s the fat cell crying”
  • ” This is easier than labor and delivery”
  • “You’re not slow.  You’re just enjoying the course”
  • ” You’re almost there only 385 yards to go!”
  • ” In our minds, you’re all Kenyans”
  • “You feet hurt because you are kicking so much butt!”
  • “You’re legs will forgive you eventually”
  • “If it was easy, I would do it”
  • “Run like you stole something”
  • “Stop reading this sign and keep running”
  • “Don’t worry, toenails are overrated”
  • “It will feel better when it stops hurting”
  • “Mortuary ahead…..look alive”
  • “If I ran it, by God, you can, too”

3 Responses

  1. This is great stuff. I’ll have to come back and check out more.

  2. My favorite was at Chicago. The man with the sign made an effort to be at several points in the race, but I last saw it at 21. “Run B*tch Run”

  3. My fav was one was at Maimi marathon, there was a man sitting on a chair with a sing saying
    ”This is the worst parade ever”

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