Cross Country Running Quotes

Cross country runners are a special breed of runners. Here are some running quotes about the excitement and spirit of cross country running:

1. "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, two-time Olympic marathoner and long distance runner. 

2. "The freedom of Cross Country is so primitive.

It's woman vs. nature."
- Lynn Jennings, Three-time World Cross Country Champ

3. "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, former President of South Africa, anti-apartheid activist

4. "The footing was really atrocious. I loved it. I really like Cross Country; you're one with the mud."
-Lynn Jennings

5. "Cross Country: No half times, no time outs, no substitutions. It must be the only true sport."
-seen on a cross country runner's T-shirt

6. "For something to hurt that bad, and feel so good, it's just inexplicable."
- Adam Goucher, NCAA Cross Country Division 1 Individual Champ - 1998

7. "Over the river and through the woods...and hills and more woods, and another river, and more hills."
-seen on a cross country runner's T-shirt

8. "No half-times, no time-outs, no substitutions, no excuses. Run!"
-seen on cross country runner's T-shirt

9. "Embrace the mud. The dirt. The grit."

10. "My sport is your sport's punishment."
-seen on a cross country runner's T-shirt

11. "Cross Country is like poker. You have to be holding five good cards all the time."
-Rollie Geiger, North Carolina State cross country coach

12. "If cross country was easy, it would be called track."
-seen on a cross country runner's T-shirt

13. "I love controlling a race, chewing up an opponent. Let's get down and dirty. Let's fight it out. It's raw, animalistic, with no one to rely on but yourself. There's no better feeling than that."
-Adam Goucher

14. ""The more you sweat in practice, the less you bleed in battle."
-seen on a cross country runner's T-shirt

15. We told our guys to hold on for 30 minutes of agony for 12 months of glory."
- John McDonnell, Arkansas cross country coach

16. "Number one is just to gain a passion for running. To love the morning, to love the trail, to love the pace on the track. And if some kid gets really good at it, that's cool too."
- Pat Tyson, track and cross country coach

17. "For a sprinter the thrill is going fast, but for a distance runner it is the journey in between the start and the end."

18. "There is no time to think about how much I hurt; there is only time to run."
-Ben Logsdon


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