Track And Field Sayings and Quotes

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

Track and field is the best way to reach out for kids. It doesn't matter how fast you are. You always want to beat someone.     

Carl Lewis

Running is a thing worth doing not because of the future rewards it bestows, but because of how it feeds our bodies and minds and souls in the present.     

Kevin Nelson

The true measure of a runner isn't in time, but rather in the effort it took along the way.     

Jenny Hadfield

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

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

The gun goes off and everything changes the world changes and nothing else really matters.     

Patti Sue Plummer

Track is such a great metaphor for life...You try to jump as from where you started as you can, you throw all the heavy stuff away from you, and when life's hurdles knock you down, you get right back up.     


Once they say set, i'm in beast mode.     

Sierrah Negrette

Run every race like its your last !!     

Sierrah Negrette

A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more.     

Steve Prefontaine

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

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

Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it's all about.     

PattiSue Plumer

Good things come slow, especially in distance running.     

Bill Dellinger

I don't train. I just run my 3-15 miles a day.     

Jack Foster

The art form is to become one with the hurdle, to make it your friend, and I embraced that process.     

Renaldo Nehemiah

I never really worried about those hurdles. They were just standing there, and I was always zooming past them just to get back on the ground again.     

Rod Milburn

The hurdles have taught me that if you work really, really hard at perfecting the little things in your life, the big picture will come together.     

John Shaffer

If you're not ready to fall, you're not ready to hurdle.     

Tonie Campbell

A good hurdler has to be completely familiar with everything that goes on so if something happens he can automatically make an adjustment.     

Rodney Milburn

I'm going to go and leave my blood all over the track.     

Nick Rogers

Somewhere in the world someone is training when you are not. When you race him, he will win.     

Tom Fleming

The body does not want you to do this. As you run, it tells you to stop but the mind must be strong. You always go too far for your body. You must handle the pain with strategy... It is not age; it is not diet. It is the will to succeed.     

Jacqueline Gareau

While a man is racing he must hate himself and his competitors.     

Percy Cerutty

There is no time to think about how much I hurt; there is only time to run.     

Ben Logsdon

Running is like mouthwash; if you can feel the burn, it's working.     

Brian Tackett

Hurdling requires more than just speed. It requires flexibility, strength, and courage.     

Reggie Towns

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

You must see yourself run the race over and over, time and time again. You must put yourself in critical positions and see how you would react in those positions before the race so when and if they do happen, the feedback is automatic.     

Rodney Milburn

The longer the race, the shorter the champ.