Funny Running Quotes Seen on T-Shirts

Run Like You Stole Something T-Shirt
Christine Luff

Runners are a dedicated group of people who are passionate about their sport. They also have a great sense of humor and it's most evident on the T-shirts runners wear. In the middle of a long run or during those last miles of a race, you need something to laugh about. It helps keep you going and reminds you why you're doing this in the first place.

It's easy to get your own T-shirts made and if you need inspiration, there are plenty of funny running quotes to choose from. Each of these has been seen on T-shirts, there's something for every type of runner, and they are absolutely fantastic.

For Gourmands Who Run

You're burning a ton of calories on your run, so it's only right that you look forward to some delicious treats and cold beverages at the finish line. Right?

  • "Will run for chocolate."
  • "The faster I get there, the faster I can start eating."
  • "I overtrain so, I can overeat!"
  • "I run because I really like food."
  • "Running...because dieting is not an option."
  • "One more mile and the cake is history."
  • "If found in the bar, return to race"
  • "Pain later"
  • "Running is my happy hour"
  • "I thought they said 'Rum'!"

For the Ladies

Women who run are strong and confident. If you're ready to show off your sassy side as well, one of these on a T-shirt will do the trick.

  • "Didn't your mother warn you about fast women?"
  • "See Dick Run. See Jane Run Faster."
  • "Fast girls have good times."
  • "My mascara runs faster than you do."
  • "I run like a girl...try to keep up."
  • "If you think running a marathon is hard, try giving birth."

Why I'm Doing This

People who don't run often question why runners do it. Have one of these printed on your shirt and let race spectators know as you pass by.

  • "I'm only doing this so I can post a picture on Facebook."
  • "Running: Cheaper than therapy"
  • "Running: Cheaper than plastic surgery."
  • "To run or not to run?  What a stupid question."
  • "Will run for bling."
  • "Pain is temporary...Internet results last forever."

Who's Crazy?

Some people also think runners are a bit crazy. After all, a marathon is 26.2 miles, a distance some people don't even like driving! There's a lot of potential to have fun with their disbelief.

  • "Yes, I am:
    • 1. Crazy
    • 2. In pain
    • 3. Paying to do this"
  • "Running is a mental sport...and we're all insane!"
  • "I run to burn off the crazy."
  • "You think I'm crazy because I run?  Trust me, you'd see crazy if I didn't run!"

It's a Runner Thing

When you start running, you join a club of very enthusiastic athletes. There are some things that only runners can understand and these quotes know exactly how to express what you're thinking.

  • "Athletes run. Everyone else just plays games."
  • "My sport is your sport's punishment"
  • "Endorphins: Runners' drug of choice"
  • "Born to run. Forced to work."
  • "Obsessed is a word lazy people use to describe the dedicated."
  • "Who fartlek'd?"

A Kick in the Shorts

Running offers a lot of time to think. It's fun to imagine that these awesome quotes were the product of someone's lone time on the pavement.

  • "Kick assphalt"
  • "I bust mine so I can kick yours!"
  • "Looks can be deceiving; our workouts are a lot longer than our shorts."

Speed Is Everything

Some runners are more competitive than others. If you like to set a fast pace, these will make a perfect tee for you.

  • "Your pace or mine?"
  • "Does this shirt make my butt look fast?"
  • "Wicked fast runnah"  (seen at the Boston Marathon expo)
  • "If you wanna catch me, you got to be fast...if you wanna stay with me, you got to be good...if you wanna pass me...You've got to be kidding."

Slow and Steady...

Winning the race isn't everything. Many runners simply love to run and enjoy doing it at an event. If you're proud of your steady pace, show it off.

  • "Anyone can run a hundred meters, it's the next forty-two thousand and two hundred that count."
  • "I found my happy pace."
  • "I know I'm slow. Get over it."
  • "I'm not slow, I'm just getting my money's worth from the entry fee."

The  Fun of the Chase

Race day is a great opportunity to get a little wacky. These quotes are perfect for running in a pack and most of them give the runners behind you something to giggle about.

  • "Why are all these people following me?"
  • Back of shirt: "Like my shirt? After the race, I'll let you read the front."
  • Back of shirt: "If you can read this, I'm just warming up."
  • Back of shirt: If you want to come in second place...follow me!
  • Back of shirt: "It's a hill. Get over it."
  • Back of shirt: "Don't pass me...I'm not in your age group"
  • Back of shirt: "How's my running? Call 1-800-EAT-DUST"
  • "If you can read this, I'm not in last place."
  • "Are my kids still chasing me?"

Just in Case

It's good to have a contingency plan just in case you don't make it to the finish line.

  • "If found on the ground, please drag to finish line."
  • Back of shirt: "If you see me collapse, please hit 'Pause' on my Garmin."
  • "WTF? (Where's The Finish?)"

Almost There

There may be a point in a marathon when you wonder why you signed up for this. Don't worry, there's a shirt for that.

  • "Attention Spectators: Yelling 'You're almost there!' at 2 miles is NOT funny!"
  • "I thought they said 2.62 miles."
  • "Running a marathon...there's an app for that."

A Word From Verywell

You have to appreciate the sense of humor runners develop over the miles. It's a great sport and, as you can see, a fantastic opportunity to explore your creative side. What will you come up with on your next run?

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