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  • When I do the best I can with what I have, then I have won my race. - Jay Foonberg
  • Do no go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. - RALPH WALDO EMERSON
  • Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hardwork, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe. - Gail Devers
  • Men are born to succeed, not fail. - Henry David Thoreau
  • The only place that success comes before work is in the dictionary. -John Wooden, UCLA basketball
  • “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” - Haruki Murakami
  • You were born to run. Maybe not that fast, maybe not that far, maybe not as efficiently as others. But to get up and move, to fire up that entire energy-producing, oxygen-delivering, bone-strengthening process we call running. - Florence Griffith-Joyner
  • The greatest danger to most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark. - Michelangelo (Italian sculptor, painter, architect
  • Obstacles are those frightening things that become visible when we take our eyes off our goals. - Henry Ford
  • I run because I used to be envious of people that could run, and now I am that person. - Kendra Thompson
  • Running gives me confidence. - STEVE PREFONTAINE
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  • Running! If there’s any activity happier, more exhilarating, more nourishing to the imagination, I can’t think of what it might be. In running the mind flees with the body, the mysterious efflorescence of language seems to pulse in the brain, in rhythm with our feet and the swinging of our arms. Joyce Carol Oates
  • "It's what you learn after you know it all that counts. -Earl Weaver
  • Running is not, as it so often seems, only about what you did in your last race. 
  • It's not about speed and gold medals. It's about refusing to be stopped. - AMBY BURFOOT
  • To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift. Steve Prefontaine
  • A winner is somebody who gave his best effort, who has tried the hardest they possibly can...who has utilized every ounce of energy and strength within them to accomplish something. It doesn't mean that they accomplished it or failed, it means they've given it their best. That's a winner. - WALTER PAYTON"
  • “The essential thing in life is not so much conquering as fighting well.” – Baron de Coubertin
  • Life is complicated. Running is simple. Is it any wonder that people like to run? - KEVIN NELSON
  • It was being a runner that mattered, not how fast or how far I could run. The joy was in the act of running and in the journey, not in the destination. John Bingham
  • Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. -John Wooden, UCLA basketball
  • When you run in places you visit, you encounter things you'd never see otherwise. - TOM BROKAW
  • They say the breaks even up in the long run, and the trick is to be a long-distance runner. -Chuck Knox, LA Rams
  • “Always enjoy yourself. Don’t be upset if you don’t win, you’ve won by simply not giving up.” – Unknown
  • I'd rather run a gutsy race, pushing all the way and lose, than run a conservative race only for a win. - ALBERTO SALAZAR
  • I was born to run. I love to run. It's almost like the faster I go, the easier it becomes. - Mary Decker Slaney
  • If the hill has its own name, then it's probably a pretty tough hill. - Marty Stern
  • “I am not afraid of storms. I am learning how to sail my ship.” — Louisa May Alcott
  • A runner must run with dreams in his heart. - Emil Zatopek
  • If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I will help you become that. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Jogging is very beneficial. It's good for your legs and your feet. It's also very good for the ground. It makes it feel needed. - Charles Schultz
  • Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude is how well you do it. -Lou Holtz, U of S. Carolina football
  • “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” — Wayne Gretzky
  • Bid me run and I will strive with things impossible. -Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
  • You play the way you practice. -Pop Warner
  • Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it's all about. - PattySue Plumer, U.S. Olympian
  • Running is a big question mark that's there each and every day. It asks you, Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today." - Peter Maher
  • Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. Haruki Murakami
  • It's the best form of medication.
  • “Run hard when it’s hard to run” – Pavvo
  • The important thing is the attitude of the athlete, the desire to get to the top. -Herb Elliott
  • If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run. John Bingham
  • If you can’t win, make the fellow ahead of you break the record. Unknown
  • Faith is believing. Believing is winning. - Jeremy Paxston
  • If you want to become the best runner you can be, start now. Don’t spend the rest of your life wondering if you can do it.-Priscilla Welch
  • Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling. -Margaret Lee Runbeck
  • I can make a difference. Remember I'm the one who started this whole thing off by hitting Meredith with my car. And I owe it to her to finish the G.D. 5K. - MICHAEL, from THE OFFICE
  • You can't go back and make a brand new start, but you can start now and make a brand-new end. -Jack Garmise
  • Exercise is done against one's wishes and maintained only because the alternative is worse. - GEORGE SHEEHAN
  • This is not about instant gratification. You have to work hard for it, sweat for it, give up sleeping in on Sunday mornings. - LAUREN FESSENDEN
  • Running allows me to set my mind free. Nothing seems impossible. Nothing unattainable. — Kara Goucher
  • “Run the first two-thirds of the race with your head and the last third with your heart.” – Unknown
  • If what you did yesterday still looks big to you, you haven't done much today. -Wid Matthews, Chicago Cubs
  • In running it is man against himself, the cruelest of opponents. The other runners are not the real enemies. His adversary lies within him, in his ability with brain and heart to master himself and his emotions. - Glenn Cunningham
  • It's not so much that you begin to run, but that you continue.
  • The biggest mistake an athlete can make is to be afraid of making one.-L. Ron Hubbard
  • Some days even my lucky rocket ship underpants won't help.
  • If you have a bad run, don't obsess about it. You're always going to have days when your legs feel dead. - Heather Hanscom
  • Running is my sunshine. - JOAN TWINE
  • “Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.” — George S Patton
  • “I love running cross-country…You come up a hill and see two deer going, ‘What the hell is he doing?’ On a track I feel like a hamster.” – Robin Williams
  • The essential thing in life is not so much conquering as fighting as well. - Baron de Coubertin
  • Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. - Mark Twain
  • Success doesn't come to you... you go to it. - Marva Collins
  • We all need goals. Life is hard to live without one. - TORY BAUCUM
  • “When you experience the run, you…relive the hunt. Running is about thirty miles of chasing prey that can outrun you in a sprint, and tracking it down and bringing life back to your village. It’s a beatiful thing.” – Shawn Found
  • Life is short... running makes it seem longer. - Baron Hansen
  • Passion is pushing myself when there is no one else around- just me and the road. - Ryan Shay
  • If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have received. - Unknown
  • A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else. - Steve Prefontaine
  • It hurts up to a point and then it doesn't get any worse. - Ann Trason
  • “You can’t flirt with the track, you must marry it.” – Bill Easton
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  • Besides pride, loyalty, discipline, heart, and mind, confidence is the key to all the locks. -Joe Paterno
  • The biggest mistake an athlete can make is to be afraid of making one. -L. Ron Hubbard, author
  • I run because it’s so symbolic of life. You have to drive yourself to overcome the obstacles. You might feel that you can’t. But then you find your inner strength, and realize you’re capable of so much more than you thought. Arthur Blank
  • The thought of later in the day having to explain to myself why I didn't run that morning is enough to get me out the door. - Linda Johnson
  • “Remember, everything you need is already inside of you.” — Unknown
  • Believe that you can run farther or faster. Believe that you’re young enough, old enough, strong enough, and so on to accomplish everything you want to do. Don’t let worn-out beliefs stop you from moving beyond yourself.
  • The crime is not to avoid failure, the crime is to not give triumph a chance. - H. Weldon
  • If you want to win a race you have to go a little berserk. - Bill Rodgers
  • There's nothing better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve. - OG Mandino
  • It's my own space, my own time, when I'm just out there letting my thoughts go. It's part of my day like eating, and it's one of my favorite parts. - LOUISE KENT
  • This describes the pure essence of why we run. Spoken about Roger Bannister, the first man to break the 4-minute mile.
  • Some people create with words or with music or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run. I like to make people stop and say, ‘I’ve never seen anyone run like that before.’ It’s more than just a race, it’s a style. It’s doing something better than anyone else. It’s being creative. Steve Prefontaine
  • Recognize your victories. 
  • Part of a runner’s training consists of pushing back the limits of his mind. Kenny Moore
  • Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. -Benjamin Franklin
  • Your body will argue that there is no justifiable reason to continue. Your only recourse is to call on your spirit, which fortunately functions independently of logic.-Tim Noakes
  • Life is like topography, Hobbes. There are summits of happiness and success, flat stretches of boring routine, and valleys of frustration and failure.
  • Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success. -Dr. Joyce Brothers
  • Life (and running) is not all about time but about our experiences along the way. - Jen Rhines
  • There's no such thing as bad weather, just soft people. - Bill Bowerman
  • “Running is nothing more than a series of arguments between the part of your brain that wants to stop and the part that wants to keep going.” — Unknown
  • A coach can be like oasis in the desert of a runner's lost enthusiasm. - Ken Doherty
  • When it’s pouring rain and you’re bowling along through the wet, there’s satisfaction in knowing you’re out there and the others aren’t. Peter Snell
  • Get out there and do what you love! - Kara Goucher
  • If you can fill the unforgiving minute with 60 seconds worth of distance, run, yours is the earth and everything that’s in it, and — which is more — you’ll be a man, my son-Rudyard Kipling
  • “Ever tried. Ever failed. No Matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” — Samuel Beckett
  • Coming off the last turn, my thoughts changed from 'One more try...one more try...one more try...' to 'I can win! I can win! I can win! - Billy Mills
  • A course never quite looks the same way twice. The combinations of weather, season, light, feelings and thoughts that you find there are ever-changing. Joe Henderson
  • What fun is it being cool if you can't wear a sombrero?
  • You don't get to choose when opportunity is going to knock, so you better be prepared for it when it does. -Ted Anderson, U of Nebraska Omaha
  • A star can win any game; a team can win every game -Jack Ramsay, National Basketball Association
  • It is true that speed kills. In distance running, it kills anyone who does not have it. - Brooks Johnson
  • To give anything less than your best is the sacrifice the gift. -Steve Prefonataine
  • A woman shouldn't have to be hit by a car to learn that she might have rabies. But that is where we are in America and that does not sit right with me. And that's why I am hosting a fun race for the cure for rabies. To raise awareness of that fact that there is a cure for rabies. A disease that has largely been eradicated in the United States but not many people know that. - MICHAEL, from THE OFFICE
  • Tough times don't last but tough people do. - A.C. Green
  • I think we dream so we don't have to be apart so long. If we're in each other's dreams, we can be together all the time.
  • “Consistency is king.” – Unknown
  • Good judgment is the result of experience, experience is the result of bad judgment. - Mark Twain
  • To make your life a work of art, you must have the material to work with. The race, any race, is just such an experience. 
  • If you want to achieve a high goal, you're going to have to take some chances. - ALBERTO SALAZAR
  • Out on the roads there is fitness and self-discovery and the persons we were destined to be. - Dr. George Sheehan
  • I have met my hero, and he is me. - Dr. George Sheehan
  • You are truly your own hero in running. It is up to you to have the responsibility and self-discipline to get the job done. Adam Goucher
  • “If you want to run, then run a mile. If you want to experience another life, run a marathon.” – Emil Zatopek
  • If you set your aim too high and don't fulfill it, then your enthusiasm turns to bitterness. Try for a goal that's reasonable, and then gradually raise it. - EMIL ZATOPEK
  • Only those who will risk going to far can possibly find out how far they can go. - T.S. Eliot
  • “God has given me the ability. The rest is up to me. Believe. Believe. Believe.” – Billy Mills
  • “The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.” — Juma Ikangaa
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  • “Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.” – Marilyn vos Savant
  • Running is alone time that lets my brain unspool the tangles that build up over days...I run, pound it out on the pavement, channel that energy into my legs, and when I'm done with my run, I'm done with it. — Rob Haneisen
  • I run because it's my passion, and not just a sport. Every time I walk out the door, I know why I'm going where I'm going and I'm already focused on that special place where I find my peace and solitude. Running, to me, is more than just a physical exercise... it's a consistent reward for victory! -Sasha Azevedo
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  • “A man who sets out to become an artist at the mile is something like a man who sets out to discover the most graceful method of being hanged. No matter how logical his plans, he can not carry them out without physical suffering.” – Paul O’Neil
  • The trouble with jogging is that by the time you realize you're not in shape for it, it's too far to walk back. - Franklin P. Jones
  • Independence is the outstanding characteristic of the runner. - Noel Carroll
  • Every time I fail I assume I will be a stronger person for it. 
  • If the furnace is hot enough it will burn anything. - John Parker
  • I always loved running…it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.-Jesse Owens
  • The best pace is a suicide pace, and today looks like a good day to die. Steve Prefontaine
  • If you train your mind for running, everything else will be easy. - Amby Burfoot
  • The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one. - MARK TWAIN 
  • “What does not destroy me, makes me strong.” – Nietzsche
  • You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face. - Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Somebody may beat me, but they are going to have to bleed to do it. Steve Prefontaine
  • I always loved running…it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs. Jesse Owens
  • Don't dream of winning, train for it! — Mo Farah, Olympic long-distance runner
  • We're so busy watching out for what's just ahead of us that we don't take time to enjoy where we are.
  • Even if you fall flat on your face at least you are moving forward - Sue Luke
  • A race is a work of art that people can look at and be affected by in as many ways as they're capable of understanding. - STEVE PREFONTAINE
  • “Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.” — Oprah Winfrey
  • It needs exercise just like the muscles of the body.
  • If you don't risk anything, you risk even more. - Erica Jong
  • You don’t run against a bloody stop watch, do you hear? A runner runs against himself, against the best that’s in him. Not against a dead thing of wheels and pulleys. That’s the way to be great, running against yourself. Against all the rotten mess in the world. Against God, if you’re good enough. Bill Persons
  • Running feeds our bodies and minds and souls.
  • If you don't have confidence, you'll always find a way not to win. - Carl Lewis
  • Running is 80 percent mental. - Joan Benoit Samuelson
  • “It works better for me to be nervous and hungry.” – Lance Armstrong
  • Running has given me the courage to start, the determination to keep trying, and the childlike spirit to have fun along the way. Run often and run long, but never outrun your joy of running. Julie Isphording
  • “You don’t run against a bloody stopwatch, do you hear? A runner runs against himself, against the best that’s in him…Against all the rottenness in the world. Against God, if you’re good enough.” – Bill Persons
  • Michael, 5K" means five kilometers, not five thousand miles..." - PAM
  • Once you have decided that winning isn't everything, you become a winner. - GEORGE SHEEHAN
  • “Remarkable health is the pursuit of the unconventional.” – Matt Gartland
  • Motivation is a skill. It can be learned and practiced. - AMBY BURFOOT
  • Running changed my life as it will change yours, just give it a chance. Once you get that blood moving, it's show time! - Wilfredo Melendez, US soldier
  • The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible. - ARTHUR C. CLARKE
  • A marathon is like life with its ups and downs, but once you've done it, you feel you can do anything. -Anonymous
  • The obsession with running is really an obsession with the potential for more and more life. George Sheehan
  • “‘No pain, no gain’ does not mean that pain systematically equals gain. It’s easy to go hard. It’s hard to go smart.” – Erwan Le Corre
  • Winning isn't everything. Wanting to is. - Catfish Hunter
  • Self-trust is the essence of heroism. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Success does not come to the most righteous and rigorously disciplined but to those who continue running. - AMBY BURFOOT
  • I often hear someone say I’m not a real runner. We are all runners, some just run faster than others. I never met a fake runner. Bart Yasso
  • Methinks that the moment my legs began to move, my thoughts began to flow. - HENRY DAVID THOREAU
  • We may train or peak for a certain race, but running is a lifetime sport. - Alberto Salazar
  • I eat whatever the guy who beat me in the last race ate. - Alex Ratelle
  • The one thing that I really appreciate about being a runner is the incredible friendships and camaraderie that we, as runners, share. Although it will always be a cutthroat competition for every spot on every team, our companionship transcends these competitive rivalries. - Jen Rhines
  • Out on the roads there is fitness and self-discovery and the persons we were destined to be.-Dr. George Sheehan
  • “Things in motion sooner catch the eye than what not stirs.” – Shakespeare
  • “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier
  • The will to win means nothing if you haven't the will to prepare. -Juma Ikanhaa, 1989 NYC Marathin winner.
  • Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. -Thomas A. Edison
  • Oh yes, I will work out today. I will work out a way to avoid running for a stupid cause. - STANLEY, from THE OFFICE
  • Ninety-eight percent of success is in the head and the heart. -Cathy Ferguson, Olympic swimming
  • “There are a lot of guys out there now who know they are not working as hard as other people. I can’t fathom how they think.” – Alberto Salazar
  • Relax and let the run come out of you.
  • Reality can destroy the dream; why shouldn't the dream destroy reality? - George Moore
  • You can't win them all - but you can try. - Babe Didrikson Zaharias
  • "If you ask me how I want to be remembered, it is as a winner...
  • No matter how slow or fast, crossing the finish line is memorable.
  • Never surrender opportunity to security. - Branch Rickey
  • You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. - Eleanor Roosevelt
  • If you want to become the best runner you can be, start now. Don't spend the rest of your life wondering if you can do it. - Priscilla Welch, Master Marathon Great
  • Number one is to just gain a passion for running. To love the morning, to love the trail, to love the pace on the track. And if some kid gets really good at it, that's cool too. - Pat Tyson
  • “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “The voice inside your head that says you can’t do this is a liar.” — Unknown
  • “Only those who risk going too far, can possibly find out how far one can go.” — T.S. Elliot
  • Running is a road to self-awareness and reliance-you can push yourself to extremes and learn the harsh reality of your physical and mental limitations or coast quietly down a solitary path watching the earth spin beneath your feet.-Doris Brown Heritage
  • Just do the best with what you have, and you'll soon be doing it better. -Gil Hodges
  • Remember, the feeling you get from a good run is far better than the feeling you get from sitting around wishing you were running.-Sarah Condor
  • Dream the impossible, do the incredible. - Unknown (courtesy Jeremy Paxston)
  • Racing is pain, and that's why you do it, to challenge yourself and the limits of your physical and mental barriers. You don't experience that in an armchair watching television. - MARK ALLEN
  • Running is a road to self-awareness and reliance-you can push yourself to extremes and learn the harsh reality of your physical and mental limitations or coast quietly down a solitary path watching the earth spin beneath your feet. Doris Brown Heritage
  • Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. - William Arthur Ward
  • One thing about racing is that it hurts. You better accept that from the beginning or you're not going anywhere. 
  • There is an itch in runners. Arnold Hano
  • Act like a horse. Be dumb. Just run.-Jumbo Elliot
  • “We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” — Jesse Owens