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Running Quotes About Racing

Get Motivated With These Running Quotations


Updated June 10, 2014

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Many runners run races to test their performance, mix things up, and stay motivated to keep running. Here are some motivational running quotes about running races.

  • "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.'"
    -Carl Lewis

  • "Fear is gradually replaced by excitement and a simple desire to see what you can do on the day."  -Lauren Fleshman

  • "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

  • "Good health, peace of mind, being outdoors, camaraderie - those are all wonderful things that come to you when running. But for me, the real pull of running - the proverbial icing on the cake - has always been racing."     -Bill Rodgers

  • "I also realize that winning doesn't always mean getting first place; it means getting the best out of yourself."
    -Meb Keflezighi, silver medalist, 2004 Olympic Marathon

  • "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."
    -Kara Goucher
  • "Once you're beat mentally, you might as well not even go to the starting line."
    -Todd Williams

  • "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."
    -Steve Prefontaine


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