"It doesn't matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, 'I have finished.' There is a lot of satisfaction in that."
-Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder
"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start."
-John Bingham, running speaker and writer
"My thoughts before a big race are usually pretty simple. I tell myself: 'Get out of the blocks, run your race, stay relaxed. If you run your race, you'll win... channel your energy. Focus.'"
"When you put yourself on the line in a race and expose yourself to the unknown, you learn things about yourself that are very exciting."
- Doris Brown Heritage, pioneer in women's distance running
"Why race? The need to be tested, perhaps; the need to take risks; and the chance to be number one."
-Dr. George Sheehan
"Everyone in life is looking for a certain rush. Racing is where I get mine."
- John Trautmann
"I'm always nervous. If I wasn't nervous, it would be weird. I get the same feeling at all the big races. It's part of the routine, and I accept it. It means I'm there and I'm ready."
- Allyson Felix, Gold and Silver Olympic medalist
"My whole feeling in terms of racing is that you have to be very bold. You sometimes have to be aggressive and gamble."
- Bill Rodgers
"Racing is the fun part; it's the reward of all the hard work."
"Once you're beat mentally, you might as well not even go to the starting line."
"For me, races are the celebration of my training."
--Dan Browne, 2007 National Champion in the 5K and 20K
"There is a moment in every race. A moment where you can either quit, fold, or say to yourself, 'I can do this.'"
"I love controlling a race, chewing up an opponent. Let's get down and dirty. Let's fight it out. It's raw, animalistic, with no one to rely on but yourself. There's no better feeling than that."
-Adam Goucher, Winner, 1999 U.S. Nationals 5K title
"I'm going to work so that it's a pure guts race at the end, and if it is, I am the only one who can win it."