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Collected XC T-Shirt Slogans from Manhattan Invite

Posted Monday, October 13, 2008 by Perry King
Exciting day on the trails at Van Cortlandt Park on Saturday for the Manhattan Invite. Teams from around the country poured in and the boys' record was shattered by 4 seconds, a gigantic amount.

Grabbed around 40 or so T-shirt witticisms from the Manhattan yesterday, and though I'm not sure if any quite reached the level of the "Run like you stole something" or "Fast girls have good times" from last year, they were pretty much a fresh group from the previous ones. Oddly, many of them seem to mention the pain and insanity of XC, a quality of the sport I never noticed before.

Grouped sort of by category:

Women first----

Real ladies sweat to the finish.

Catch me if you can. (Saw this mainly on girls' shirts)

You know you're XC when you miss your homecoming for a meet. (Again saw this on a girls' team shirts.)

I know I run like a girl. Try and keep up.


Champions expect pain, endure pain, never complain.

If it hurts, make it worse. (Obviously a sick crew here)

The pride we gain is worth the pain.

Pain is weakness leaving the body. (Kind of like an old time bloodletting.)

Sometimes you have to go through the pain to experience the joy. (Or you can just skip straight to Joy to the World and Jeremiah the bullfrog.)


Running is a mental sport -- BACK OFF -- and we're all insane. (Not sure I want to be running behind those guys.)

Runners often straddle the fine line between crazy and insane. (Yeah, it's a very fine line.)

A little on the un-PC side----

Run like the cops were here. (I think this one is stealing from something.)

We're the city kids your coach warned you about.

Diss entries----

If you want to come in 2nd, follow me.

If we played tag, you'd be 'it'' forever.

When it's too tough for them, it's just right for us.

Don't worry, I'll be back around in a minute. (Probably more appropriate for Track, but hey, never too early to start thinking about 3200M glory.)

Everything else is just a game. (For all you fans of those inferior sports.)

Breakfast of champions---

Success is an attitude.

Rule #76. No excuses, run like a champion.

Together we achieve more.

Play hard or don't play at all.

Run hardcore, live hardcore.

Everything is practice. (So a 12:06 at the Manhattan is just practice?)

All it takes is all you got.

Believe, achieve.

Full effort is full victory.

Prepare for glory.

It's not how GOOD you are, it's how BAD you want it.

Generally inspirational pithiness---

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. (I'll take an extra helping of that phobia for my next race.)

It's not where you start, it's where you finish. (Tell that to the poor kid who comes in last.)

Perseverance is not a long race, it is many short races, one after another.

Bid me run and I will strive for the impossible. (These guys must be easy to coach.)

The more you sweat in practice, the less you bleed in battle. (It's a war out on the tracks.)

Pressure is nothing but the shadow of great opportunity. (Plus it's cooler in the shade.)

If you can't win, make the person ahead of you break the record. (Be good and generous at the same time.)

Don't sacrifice the gift. --Pre lives. (Especially if your coach makes you watch Without Limits once a week to motivate you.)

Every step with a purpose.

The real purpose of running is not to win the race, it's to test the limits of the human heart. (Tell that to your Type-A coach when you come in 2nd.)

Play hard or don't play at all.

The only easy day is yesterday.

The clock will run until somebody makes it stop.

Cute stuff and references to past races---

I conquered Parachute Hill. (Wow, they must have been way up there.)

I conquered the Creek. (And he did it without a paddle.)

B'right back.

We don't slack, on the track.

Our endurance comes from our training, but our good looks are natural.

----Sure there were more, but some of the kids just zipped by faster than I could read.

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