Cross Country Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old cross country quotes, cross country sayings, and cross country proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

The freedom of Cross Country is so primitive. It's woman vs. nature.     

Lynn Jennings

Cross Country is like poker. You have to be holding five good cards all the time.     

Rollie Geiger

Cross country skiing is great if you live in a small country.     

Steven Wright

Running cross country is the closest man will ever get to flying.     

Joseph Vanderstel

I love running cross country....On a track, I feel like a hamster.     

Robin Williams

Cross Country: No half times, no time outs, no substitutions. It must be the only true sport.     

Chuck Norris

You know you are a cross country runner when your shoes have more mileage than your car.     

Wilbert Gilbry

Cross country is a mental sport and we're all insane.     


As cross-country skiers, we tend to be a bit fanatical, because it's our own energy that makes you go.     

Dean Glaze

Every step you take is one step closer to the finish line.     

Clyde Tubick

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.     

T. S. Eliot

If you run, you are a runner. It doesn't matter how fast or how far. It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you've been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.     

John Bingham

Cross country was something that started off as a punishment from my father for low grades. I guess he didn't realize it would take off so well. It gave me something to do with my free time and it taught me to be accountable.     

A.J. Ellison

Sports do not build character. They reveal it.     

Heywood Broun

You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.     

Michael Phelps

If you want to tell something to an athlete, say it quickly and give no alternatives. This is a game of winning and losing. It is senseless to explain and explain.     

Paavo Nurmi

Every athlete has doubts. Elite runners in particular are insecure people. You need someone to affirm that what you are doing is right.     

Lynn Jennings

A runner's creed: I will win; if I cannot win, I shall be second; if I cannot be second, I shall be third; if I cannot place at all, I shall still do my best.     

Ken Doherty

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

Cycling is unique. No other sport lets you go like that where there's only the bike left to hold you up. If you ran as hard, you'd fall over. Your legs wouldn't support you.     

Steve Johnson

Running cross country is the closest man will ever get to flying.     

Joseph Vanderstel

You know you run cross country when you are freakishly good at estimating distances.     


Sports are a microcosm of society.     

Billie Jean King

Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.     

Leonardo da Vinci

I found I could also be good in cross country. I don't think my running style has anything to do with it. If you have speed and your body feels good, you can do any distance.     

Catherine Ndereba

Running taught me valuable lessons. In cross-country competition, training counted more than intrinsic ability, and I could compensate for a lack of natural aptitude with diligence and discipline. I applied this in everything I did.     

Nelson Mandela

That's one thing you learn in sports. You don't give up; you fight to the finish.     

Louis Zamperini

If I miss anything about the sport, it's the camaraderie of old teammates.     

Bo Jackson

The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.     

John Bingham

The start of a World Cross Country event is like riding a horse in the middle of a buffalo stampede. It's a thrill if you keep up, but one slip and you're nothing but hoof prints.     

Ed Eyestone