One of the great things about sports is the camaraderie that comes from supporting a person or a team. Watching a sporting event is a time where we take pause to revel in the amazing feats that our fellow human beings are accomplishing after a lot of hard work. It’s fun to be twelfth man—so to speak—and to feel like you are a part of something big. 

That is certainly the case for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, which kicks off today (12:08 pm ET for the men’s race and 12:20 pm ET for the women’s race). Friends, families, co-workers, coaches, and running fans have been showing their love all week for the nearly 700 runners that are about to hit the hilly course. 

Atlanta rightfully anticipated a big fan turn-out, designing the course so that spectators can see the racers up to six times in some spots. And with what is expected to be a tough 26.2 miles in front of them with fierce competition all around, these Olympic hopefuls are going to need all the support and crowd energy they can get.

So far marathon fans have showed up in the form of cheering sections donning their red, white, and blue:

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The BEST fan club… but missing a few! Thank you all for coming to support me. ❤️ Can’t wait to hear you out on the streets of Atlanta tomorrow! @sonorandistanceproject @solesports #atlanta2020trials #olympicmarathontrials2020 #imadeit #myfanclub #myjourneytoatlanta

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They’ve been working hard to get their signs ready, choosing to go extra bright so a speedy runner might actually see them or focusing on a clever slogan that could go down in history:

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Ready to cowbell the Olympic Marathon Trials! #oiselle #olympicmarathontrials #cowbell

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While Dr. Jacqueline Alnes is turning her excited energy into artwork (which you can buy on her Etsy page): 

And self-proclaimed “cookier,” Justin Charboneau is giving his wife, Brittany Charboneau, the sweetest pre-race gesture:

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My wife Britt @funnyrunner26.2 is competing this weekend in the US Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta, so what better way to celebrate than with cookies of her logo and the Olympics! Also, this was my first paid order so I guess that means I am an official Cookier!? Check out the photos for the second edition of #RookieCookie which is Britts attempt at recreating every cookie I make! Every order gets a free #RookieCookie if each design, made by a pro athlete! . . #cookies #cookiedecorating #olympiccookies #olympics #atlanta2020 #decoratedcookies #decoratedsugarcookies #sugarcookies #sugarcookiesofinstagram #sugarcookiedecorating #royalicing

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But it’s the kids that are really showing the grown-ups how to have that U.S.A. Olympic spirit as they treat their moms and teachers to adorable hand-made signs and inspirational chants: 

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Today Riley’s school had a cheering send off for myself and Lindsey @marathon_mama_of2, another mom racing the trials. Hearing them sing their school motto “Trojan Trot give it all you got” was so special. And a good reminder of the innocence and purity of pursuing self excellence. So I’ll remember always to give it all I’ve got! Now I gotta get out of Flagstaff because the support here is overwhelming. ❤️

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I work at a pretty cool place. Surprised by all students and staff with a send off and well wishes yesterday ❤️❤️ My team surprised me as well with a goody box. ❤️

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