Top 10 Motivational Field and Track Quotes to Inspire Athletes

Posted by  Ryan Willi on 02/12/2018

In the months leading up to track and field season, we become inundated with requests for track and field record boards and motivational signs. After seeing countless motivational sign designs pass over my desk, I can’t help but feel pumped up!


To put you in the right mindset going into the season, I thought I would share a few of my favorite inspirational quotes from track and field champions.

“Somewhere in the world someone is training when you are not. When you race him, he will win.”
— Tom Fleming

“I let my feet spend as little time on the ground as possible. From the air, fast down, and from the ground, fast up.” 
— Jesse Owens

“It's very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.”     
— George Sheehan

“I don't train. I just run my 3-15 miles a day.”
— Jack Foster

“Scientists have proven that it's impossible to long-jump 30 feet, but I don't listen to that kind of talk. Thoughts like that have a way of sinking into your feet.”
— Carl Lewis

“To be number one, you have to train like you’re number two.” 
— Maurice Greene

“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

“The gun goes off and everything changes... the world changes... and nothing else really matters.”
— Patti Sue Plummer

“There is no such thing as bad weather, just soft people.”
— Bill Bowerman

“Life is often compared to a marathon, but I think it is more like being a sprinter; long stretches of hard work punctuated by brief moments in which we are given the opportunity to perform at our best.”
— Michael Johnson

Team Fitz Graphics specializes in products designed to help coaches get and keep athletes motivated. Reach out today for information on track and field record boards, goal boards, and motivational signage to get your season started on the right foot.

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