Running Quotes from Famous Runners

Get motivated with these running quotes from famous runners.

Joan Benoit Samuelson

Joan Benoit Samuelson
Joan Benoit wins the first women's Olympic marathon during the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, California. Tony Duffy/Allsport
"As every runner knows, running is about more than just putting one foot in front of the other; it is about our lifestyle and who we are."

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Bill Rodgers:

"To be a consistent winner means preparing not just one day, one month, or even one year -- but for a lifetime."

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John J. Kelley:

"We runners are all a little nutty, but we're good people who just want to enjoy our healthy, primitive challenge. Others may not understand running, but we do, and we cherish it. That's our only message."

Grete Waitz:

"For every finish-line tape a runner breaks -- complete with the cheers of the crowd and the clicking of hundreds of cameras -- there are the hours of hard and often lonely work that rarely gets talked about."

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Steve Prefontaine:

"You cannot propel yourself forward by patting yourself on the back."

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Deena Kastor:

"When you have the enthusiasm and the passion, you end up figuring how to excel."

Wilma Rudolph:

"Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit."

Jesse Owens:

"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."

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Billy Mills:

"The ultimate is not to win, but to reach within the depths of your capabilities and to compete against yourself to the greatest extent possible. When you do that, you have dignity. You have the pride. You can walk about with character and pride no matter in what place you happen to finish."

Florence Griffith Joyner:

"When anyone tells me I can't do anything, I'm just not listening any more."

Steve Prefontaine:

"Life's battles don't always go to the strongest or fastest man, but sooner or later the man who wins is the fellow who thinks he can."

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Kara Goucher:

"That's the thing about running: your greatest runs are rarely measured by racing success. They are moments in time when running allows you to see how wonderful your life is."

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Meb Keflezighi:

"The reason people want to run the marathon is because the challenge, physically, is you. The distance – how you get there – is all up to you and how hard you work. That's why people want to do it."

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