Fun Track Quotes


As in every sport we “Track People” have these  litte sayings that just stick  in our heads and come out while watching races on a Saturday afternoon. May be you have heard a few of these too!  

 My favorite ,        

Don’t let anybody tell you,
you can’t, just because they can’t…




*The pride you gain is worth the pain
*The talent to be a great runner is a gift from God; untilizing that talent is a gift from you to yourself

*All it takes is all you’ve got

*Every runner has excuses, but a champion never uses them

*Only a runner doesn’t smile at the word fartlek

*Pain is temporary, pride is forever

*I play the game, I play it smart. My energy comes straight from the heart. I use my head, I use my feet. Don’t mess with me, I’m 100% athlete.

*A runner’s addiction is never sufficed

*There is no I in team, but there’s a U in suck! (I heard a kid tell another one of his friends that one)

 *It’s rude to count people as you pass, outloud!

*We run ours off so we can kick yours

*Some people ask why I run so fast…well what do you do when you hear a gun?

*Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goal

*Never settle for less than your best

*It’s what you do when the coach isn’t around that makes you a champion

*To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift 

* Real athletes run, others just play games

 *Some people run a race to see who’s the fastest, I run to see who has the most guts.” – Pre

 *”Champions are made when no one is watching.” – Aneurys Santos

 *”Obstacles are the things we see when we take our eyes off our goals”

 *Confidence is contagious- so is a lack of confidence.

*I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.

*If you can accept losing, you can’t win.

*Success demands singleness of purpose.


 Have any more? Leave them below I will add them to our list.




  1. Brooke's Mom says:

    Pain is weakness leaving the body

  2. Alexandra's Dad says:

    If you are willing to say you can’t, you might as well go home!

  3. trackmom says:

    That’s a good one!!

  4. TAY says:


  5. brianna says:

    live to run, run to win

  6. Kerry says:

    “trample the weak, hurdle the dead”

    “if we played tag, you’d be it forever”

  7. mara says:

    ok i live in iowa so this is it for us” WE Train on the black so we can Win on the Blue”

  8. sandy says:


  9. Alan Coy says:

    Losing to someone better than you is inevitable. Losing because you didn’t try hard enough is optional.

  10. Alan Coy says:

    You can’t coach heart, you can never coach desire, they must always come from within. Rules may be learned, and skill developed, But you cannot be taught the will to win. You must reach a little deeper to bring out your best, you must be your own motivation. Keep going, Never Quit, You have to find a reason. You are your own strength, Your own Motivation

  11. smiliey says:

    We don’t need wings to fly

  12. Nikki says:

    my track coach said this to me before I competed at sectionals

    “your greatest compedator in a race, is yourself”
    he is one of the most inspirational people in my life.

  13. T- Ro says:

    “Practice like you’re second, race like you’re first.”

  14. sarah says:

    there is no “y” in running

    if you have to ask why we run, then you will never understand

    i run so i can eat more

  15. pam says:

    a good friend will be cheering you on at the end of a race, but a best friend will be in the lane next to you fighting you for 1st!

  16. maria says:

    *Throw with your heart*

  17. Samantha says:

    when your legs get tired, let your heart do the rest

  18. Samantha says:

    if you want to limit yourself, that’s fine. but don’t let other people do it for you. – gracie

  19. T-Mart says:

    track is different than any other sport. it is the only one that requires two balls instead of one

  20. Erik Worrall says:

    “Pain is temporary… but quiting is forever.” “The faster you get to the finish, the sooner your pain goes away…. “

  21. zina says:

    baby got track!

  22. Liv K says:

    Does anyone have a saying that could be put on a poster for track that has to deal with a train in the background?

  23. Rachel says:

    “Our sport, Is your sports punishment”

  24. Abbs says:

    “To meet with us you gotta be good,
    to compete with us you gotta be great,
    to defeat us you gotta be kidding.”

  25. Mercedes says:

    Now that you’re behind, how’s mine?
    Ahahahahhaa, :P

  26. Coach L says:

    “Your level of success is directly proportional to your level of committment”

  27. Kelsi says:

    The faster you run, the faster you’re done.

  28. warren says:

    runing can kill you

  29. Catlin says:

    I love the phrase..

    “somebody may beat me, but their going to have to bleed to do it.”

  30. Payton says:

    “Today is my first day of Track at Jr. High!!!!!

  31. Lilly:) says:

    I am what i create…and thats GREATNESS!!:)

  32. Kendall says:

    “Am I really that fast or are you just that slow?”

  33. Katie says:

    Our cool down is your run!!

  34. Shanell says:

    Pain is my favorite game

  35. Brenden says:

    “Can’t never could”

  36. Haley says:

    “If you can’t throw with the best, go run with the rest.”

  37. Don’t run to win
    Run to dream

  38. Kara Hyde says:

    self quote….”When you thought I didn’t have the strength to finish, remember I had the heart to start!”

  39. Abbigal says:

    –> “You are amazing, you just need to believe it yourself, and that’s when you succeed”- What my coach said to me before Regionals! :)
    –>”If you don’t believe now, you won’t succeed later”

  40. Emily S says:

    Any fool can run in circles, but it takes a wise man to hurdle. :D

  41. Dalaki says:

    You put down a lap,
    A raise you a mile,
    You pick up the pace,
    I’ll pass you with a smile

    I’ve trained too long
    and too hard
    for a Two

    3200, 1600, 800, 400
    Yeah, my one meet is your whole season

  42. Sophie says:

    It’s my first year of track and i absolutley love it. but i love running.. so hey X)

    Everyday at track is hell. you die way more than once, ur legs hurt, ur lungs ache, and u get no drinks.. but hey.. no pain no gain.

    my friends and i say ” we died today and at our next meet, our ribbons and medals will bring us back to life.”

    I love when you’re running and everything just starts to hurt.
    Your legs are burning,
    Your heart is beating fast,
    Your lungs ache for air.
    You try not to think about the pain,
    You focus on what’s ahead of u,

    You push yourself harder
    Then you’ve ever pushed yourself before.
    You fly.
    Shoes barley touching the pavement for a second.
    Legs carrying you past buildings, trees, cars
    P.S. thx so much for the gr8 quotes!

  43. lauren says:

    if u think u can, u can.
    if u think u cant, ur right

  44. Anthony says:

    “and on the seventh day god ran an easy three”

    “distance runners do it longer”

    “my sports your sports punishment”

    “distance running, finaly a pracdtical use for golf courses

    • Hornet Jumper says:

      the distance running quote was on my teamate’s t-shirt! i laughed at it ‘cuz its true! :)

  45. Leslie says:

    pain is forever

  46. Kemberly Herrera says:

    hi im kemberly at norfolk cathloic and i have a brther named kevin and a boyfriend named nestor and i love track its fun!!!!!

  47. Sandy K says:

    Some new running quotes.

    1. We (or I) didn’t come here to lose!
    2. Never underestimate your competition!
    3. If you ain’t first, you’re last!

  48. matt says:

    well, i love some of these comments but other ones are just nothing

  49. Gerae says:

    Track/ cross country: the only time it’s okay for a man with a gun to tell you to take your clothes off.

    There are only two things you need to think about, the gun and the finish.
    When you hear one run like hell until you reach the other.

  50. Quotes: We call 2nd place “First Looser”"!

    “Anyone can run out front, it takes a competitor to run allout from behind!

    ” Win some, lose some, ALWAYS have FUN”

    “Practice ’til the lights come on and you’ll put the competition’s lights out”

    “The best feeling in the world is passing someone at top speed”

  51. Ana says:

    All top international athletes wake up in the morning feeling tired
    and go to bed feeling very tired.

    There is no such thing as bad weather, just soft people.

    Good things come slow,
    especially in distance running.

    I like running, because it’s a challenge.
    If you run hard, there’s the pain,
    and you’ve got to work your way though the pain.
    You know, lately it seems all you hear is ‘Don’t overdo it’
    and “Don’t push yourself.’ Well, I think that’s a lot of bull.
    If you push the human body, it will respond.”

    The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.

    You have to forget your last marathon before you try another.
    Your mind can’t know what’s coming.

    We run, not because we think it is doing us good,
    but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves…
    The more restricted our society and work become,
    the more necessary it will be
    to find some outlet for this craving for freedom.
    No one can say, ‘You must not run faster than this,
    or hump higher than that.’
    The human spirit is indomitable.

    Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up.
    It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed.
    Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up.
    It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve.
    It doesn’t matter whether you’re a lion or gazelle-
    when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.

  52. dubz says:

    “if you say you cant, truly you are too scared to fail….. but why do we fall? so we can get back up and work harder”

  53. Taylor says:

    “Between all the hours of practice, back to back mets, injuries, water fights, and pep talks, we realized it was all worth it. Because in the end we’re not just a team, we’re a family.

  54. Penny Haider says:

    I love your quotes. May I use some of them on my blog? If so, would I attribute them to Track mom or another name?


  55. cj hughes says:

    i like the ricky bobby if u aint first ur last!!! haha

  56. tneal says:

    one of the best quotes iv ever heard
    “this is my back, GET USED TO SEEING IT”

  57. Hannah says:

    heres a good quote that was on my track shirt

    to run with me you have to be good, to stay with me you have to be fast, and to pass me…you have to be kidding

    haha i thought it was cute

  58. Mika says:

    “Our workouts are longer than our shorts.”

  59. 200m. ROCKS says:

    Your gonna need a gas mask when we compete cause your gonna eat my dust.

  60. Chris says:

    Second place is really the first loser.

  61. Sam says:

    My high school coach put this on our shirts my freshman year…
    “Once I made a promise I swore Id always remember….NO RETREAT BABY, NO SURRENDER.

    I am in my senior year of track and field in college and I still look to that quote and remember. In high jump we have a saying……
    Trust, yourself…roll with it, and remember that eventually gravity does work.

    I also throw javelin and here is an awesome quote I was recently given…
    Id rather eat and throw than run and puke (for all yall throwers out there!!!)

  62. Chelsea A. says:

    On the front of our track shirts, it says Shallowater Fillies.
    On the back of our track shirts, it says;
    Go Shallowater, Texas Fillies:D

  63. emily says:

    if you want to be in second place, follow me.

  64. emily says:

    to catch me you gotta be good
    to stay with me you gotta be fast
    to pass me you gotta be kidding.

  65. Maurice says:

    Win as if you are used to it, Loose as if you liked it for a change

  66. lily says:

    I run the 800 400 and 4×4
    one meet we were going against bigger schools
    this girl was in all the same 3 events as me
    I thought to myself ” shes got a foot over me, 50lbs on me, but i have more heart than anyone here” I lost to her all three times and get this she was the last leg in the 4×4 …same as me!
    but before i ot on the bus to go home i told her good job.

  67. Dondrea says:

    I throw shotput and discuss and i feel like if your arms are not hurting then your not trying

  68. Katie Bates. says:

    We all must suffer one of two things; the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment.


    “why are you chasing me”
    “seven days without running makes one weak”
    “running releases more than sweat”
    “How am i running? call 1 800 eat-dust”
    “your slower than a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut butter!”
    “Cross Country. It’s a different kind of game. No breaks. No big stage audiences. All there is you and the runner next to you. We attack the road by running the miles of endless hell. Going up and down the hills that come our way. Never giving up no matter how steep or high. Torturing ourselves is our only kind of fun we have.” <—–NARBONNE CROSS COUNTRY
    It takes real heart.

  70. north union wildcats!! says:

    on the back of our t-shirts it says ,”our endurance comes from training, but our good looks come natural.”

    another is “snow, rain, sleet, hail, brave it.”

    and… “we bust ours to kick yours.”


    and…”if you skip practices or dont try your hardest how will you ever get any better?”

  71. swagglikeabeast says:

    my coach always says “what matters most is how you run when im NOT watching”

    Coach Bumgarner your my hero:)

  72. neg says:

    “Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude”

  73. neg says:

    “I think I lost something?…ohh right, the competition.”

  74. distance chica says:

    Its not the triumph…but the struggle.

  75. JOJOJOJOJO says:

    Don’t hate what you cant imitate.

  76. Kendra says:

    You have a choice. You can throw in the towel, or you can use it to wipe the sweat off of your face.

    “”Only think of two things – the report of the pistol and the tape. When you hear one, run like hell until you break the other.”
    -Sam Mussabini

    the faster you run the faster you’re done

  77. Amanda says:

    The miracle is not that i finished, the miracle is that i had the courage to start

  78. amer al says:

    run till you puke, and if you didnt .. you didnt run hard enough

  79. curts**** says:

    “I’m so fast, I make fast people look not fast”

  80. Jordan says:

    Our track team would always say this be for starting practicing we would huddle up & some one say “Carrizo” Wining district is our fate on to regionls then to state.

  81. Miranda says:

    People ask me why I run so fast… Well what do you do when you hear a gun?

    There is no y in running… if you have to ask us why we run then you will never understand

    If I am still standing at the end of the race, hit me with a board and knock me down, because that means I didn’t run hard enough ~Steve Jones

  82. Maddie says:

    i’m an 8th grader…and my coach is the most important, and inspirational guy to me. He was diagnosed with cancer, when he was doing better…he told the doctor he was going to climb some mountain in colorado…they told him he couldnt or he would die…and he said to them……

    “If i don’t come back, that means your right, but if i do. that means your werent.” He came back.
    But the last thing he ever said to me was “Run. It’s the only thing we know we can do.”

  83. If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail.

    Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.

    Track is Life, & Life is great (:

  84. matt says:

    nice job

  85. Deonte says:

    currently a senior representing Edwardsville high school best quote i ever heard was from my coach in middle school Mr. Rogers right before state and this is what he said to me.

    ” What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? A new champion is born”

    may take you sometime to understand but once i truly figured out what he meant was when i knew track was the sport for me

  86. Samah says:

    Our sport is your sport’s punishment.

  87. Haley says:

    Oh come on, my mascara runs faster than you!!

  88. somebody says:

    the cross country kids has on their shirt one time:
    “Date a runner. Every other athlete is a player.”

  89. Leadon says:

    “Hard work beats natural talent because natural talent hardly works” my coach, coach bingham, said this to us.

  90. Any time
    Any where
    Any distance

  91. emily says:

    “Everyone is a volleyball or soccer PLAYER, we are track and field ATHLETES” – My coach put this on shirts we sold at a track meet & consistently reminded us of this

  92. cbennett says:

    “Your a pretty good runner, you were going pretty fast when i passed you.”

  93. Sub15soph says:

    Comfort zone is not my zone

  94. Rebecca says:

    All u see when we run by is a yellow sirt the says Hurry up sowe can go eat!~
    coach smith

  95. do right says:

    put a little pep in you step it can take you a long way

  96. J and J says:

    what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

  97. J and J says:

    Never let it rest till your
    Good is your Better and your Better is your Best!!

  98. heather says:

    “Rain sleet snow and 20 below is a perfect day to run”
    “Step onto my office”:-)

  99. Ailish says:

    Being nervous is just a sign from your body telling you you’re ready

  100. Nate says:

    Some succeed because they were DESTINED to.
    Most succeed because they were DETERMINED to.

    Our track shirts.

  101. Julie says:

    To run fast, you have to run fast!

    You have to risk it, to get the biscuit.

  102. Mando says:

    ” The best runners don’t make others look bad, They make them better. “

  103. Karsen says:

    -”Champions train, endure pain, and never complain.”

    -”XC: It’s one HILL of a sport”

  104. jennifer says:

    quitters never win bt winners always win

  105. Hot chic says:

    Pain is the game love it or go home

  106. Kate says:

    To be strong you must first withstand the pain of the workout.
    I live for hurdles, and I love this saying from my preacher.
    I also love 1 Corinthians 9:24-27,
    ” 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”

  107. Liz (Coach) says:

    I always tell this to my kids:

    Can’t mean won’t, won’t means push up’s

    they never say the word can’t anymore LOL

    Concrete School District loves track Middle school and High school

  108. Becca says:

    Pressure can do one of two things. Burst pipes or make diamonds. Which will it do to you?

  109. Hornet Jumper says:

    any jumping quotes? and here is a cross country on the back of our old tee shirts:

    “run like you stole something!”
    “This Ain’t no disco show!”
    “zombies hate fast food!”
    “if you want more playing time, RUN SLOWER!!!”

    go track! go P.B Hornets!

  110. Ginger says:

    I/We run faster than small town gossip.

  111. Hornet Jumper says:

    finally found a jumping quote!

    awesome =ME!!!

    I made that myself.

    Go P.B Hornets!

  112. Ashley says:

    The faster you run, the sooner your done!

  113. Alexandria says:

    “I hurdle because running is too easy”

    “The first thing a hurdler learns is how to fall”

    “Running is like mouthwash; if you can feel the burn,it’s working”

  114. Joei Ruth says:

    Throwers have no finish line.

  115. Joei Ruth says:

    Rain sleet or snow I’m ready to throw.

  116. Joei Ruth says:

    Some people call it track; I call it life.

  117. Joei Ruth says:

    I train 52 weeks, 365 days, and 8,765 hours for only seconds of runway time.

    Spikes- $80
    Javelin- $300-$400
    Shot put- $30
    Discus- $30
    Polevault pole- $450

    The look on your face when I kick your butt… Priceless

  118. Joei Ruth says:

    I bust mine to kick yours!

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