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14 Hilarious Spectator Signs To Make For Race Day

There’s no doubt about it, the true unsung heroes of race day are the spectators. Good race or bad race, a funny or inspirational spectator sign is nothing short of a blessing. When your quads are screaming and you’re ready to fall over from exhaustion, a funny spectator sign isn’t just a distraction, it’s a lifeline. I’ve seen many a funny sign in my day but I wanted to share 14 of my favorite spectator signs with all of you.

1. Have you seen Kelly anyone? How far back is Kelly?

Photo via @KellyKKRoberts

My Mom stepped up her game when she dragged her behind out of bed at 5 in the morning to cheer for me in the San Francisco Marathon. She said the runner’s reactions to the signs were the best part. They would say, “We saw her stop in at a bar!” or “She’s still at mile 2!” which kept her entertained until I got to where she was cheering. (Note the folding chair. Comfort while spectating is important.)

2. Beyonce never ran a marathon.

Photo via @pastryschiff

It’s true. She may be Queen but Beyonce has never run a marathon.

3. Marathon and Chill?

Photo via @KellyKKRoberts

Perfect for a Valentine’s Day marathon like the LA Marathon.

4. It’s okay to cry.

Photo via @lineke_kroon

Just a friendly reminder.

5. Run like Prince Harry runs from commitment.

Photo via @KellyKKRoberts

Guaranteed to make you run faster!

Or an equally funny option…

6. Run like millennials run from commitment.

Photo via New York Road Runners

This will make anyone over 35 laugh.

7. Last Damn Bridge.

Photo via @clidinazionale

For that hilly race, park yourself on the last bridge and bring joy to every runner’s race like this woman did.

8. That bad tinder date is behind you, run faster!

Photo via @SamanthaRoberts

I just about fell over when I saw my sister’s sign at the 2013 TCS NYC Marathon, that’s how hard I laughed.

9. Shake Shack is only 10 blocks past the finish line.

Photo via @delmarfoto

It’s funny because it’s true.

10. Need money for next marathon. Please help. God Bless.

Photo via @KellyKKRoberts

Every single runner can relate! (And who knows, maybe you’ll even make a few bucks!)

11. Run like Maury just told you, “You are the father!”

Photo via @KellyKKRoberts

How can you not laugh?!

12. Professional spectator.

Photo via @guinners

Perfect for the supportive friend, family member, or significant other in your life who is always waking up at dawn selflessly to cheer you on in that millionth half marathon.

13. Free wifi ahead­ run faster!

The best sign for anyone running an international race. (The wifi struggle is real!)

14. John­, you’re a cheating bastard.

Photo via @KellyKKRoberts

Just the distraction a runner needs around mile 20 of a marathon! You’ll spend the next 6 miles thinking about John!

Let’s be honest—there’s nothing better than a funny spectator sign. What’s the funniest spectator sign you’ve ever seen at a race? Let me know! Tweet them to me and Women’s running at @KellyKKRoberts and @WomensRunning! Until next time, #RunSelfieRepeat.

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My name is Kelly Roberts, and I'm the former president of the "I Hate Running Club." No—but really. While struggling to grieve the loss of my brother and maintain a healthy body weight (after losing more than 75 pounds), I thought, "What better way to run from my problems than to actually run from my problems?" Since those painful first runs, I've conquered everything from marathons to 5Ks and haven't looked back. I created my blog,, to inspire others to get active while making them laugh hysterically—because laughing, in my opinion, is the solution to everything. You can find me on Twitter and Instagram (mostly eating cheese burgers, taking selfies with handsome men and terrorizing my sister) @KellyKKRoberts or on my YouTube channel!