Finish Line Running Quotes to Inspire You

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If you're training for a race, you may be focused on the finish line. You can use these inspirational and sometimes funny quotes about the finish line to help motivate yourself.

Doris Brown Heritage
World Cross-Country Champion

"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."

Kip Keino
Olympic Gold Medallist

"As a sportsman, I accept being beaten. Everybody tries to be a winner, but only one in a race will win.  It’s fun to win. But I don’t find unhappiness if I lose."

Thomas King

"Tears streamed down my face as I crossed the finish line. I was a new person, a runner."

Fred Lebow
New York City Marathon Co-founder

"It doesn't matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, 'I have finished.' There is a lot of satisfaction in that."  

Sign Seen at a Marathon

"You made it to the START, you will make it to the FINISH."

"Embrace that finish matter how many other runners cross it ahead of you, it's all yours."


"Victory is paid for in sweat, courage, and preparation."

"There is no finish line."

John Bingham
Running Speaker and Writer

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

Steve Jobs

"There are times when you run a marathon and you wonder, Why am I doing this?

But you take a drink of water, and around the next bend, you get your wind back, remember the finish line, and keep going."

Amby Burfoot
Runner's World Chief Running Officer

"To get to the finish line, you have to try a lot of different paths."

Martine Costello

"You're running on guts. On fumes. Your muscles twitch.

You throw up. You're delirious. But you keep running because there's no way out of this hell you're in, because there's no way you're not crossing the finish line. It's a misery that non-runners don't understand."

Running T-Shirt Slogan

"If found on ground, please drag to finish line."

Ralph Boston

"Being the first to cross the finish line makes you a winner in only one phase of life. It's what you do after you cross the line that really counts."

Dieter F. Uchtdorf

"So often we become so focused on the finish line that we fail to enjoy the journey."


"Runners just do it. They run for the finish line even if someone else has reached it first."

"When you cross the finish line, your life will change forever."

"The finish line is just the beginning of a whole new race."

"Glory awaits you at the finish line."

"Crossing the finish line. You can't buy that feeling."

"'Dead last' is greater than 'did not finish' which beats 'did not start.'"

"Its not the finish line that matters. It's the struggle that went before."

The person who starts the race is not the same as the person who finishes the race."

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