Well Hello There!  This is Carmel, SF native and Boulder, CO transplant and 2014 marks my first year as an SF Marathon Ambassador.  I am so excited to have been chosen for this group and have really enjoyed reading the blog posts written so far.

This is my first post and I wanted to talk about a movement that is quickly spreading to all sporting events with spectators that I’ve really fallen in love with: HILARIOUS SPECTATOR SIGNS.

You know what I’m talking about, guys, and I think we can all agree that they’re the best.

I remember the first funny spectator sign I encountered, during my first half marathon in 2012, The SF Marathon.  It was somewhere near the Conservatory of Flowers and there was a light mist in the air and I was feeling pretty Rocky Balboa.  I was ‘in the zone’ and taking things pretty seriously when I looked up to find a cardboard sign scrawled with the question, “Whiskey?”.  I then noticed the makeshift beer pong table next to the sign and upon said table were paper Dixie cups filled with that glorious brown liquor.  I noticed my pace increase as the giggles spilt forth from my mouth and realized that I didn’t need to be so serious – yes, this was a race but it was okay to laugh and have a good time, too.  At every mile mark that followed, I encountered even more hilarious signs and equally hilarious people.  As I crossed the finish line, I found myself laughing and crying at the same time. Later, as I spent time reliving each mile, my feet yelling at me threw my sneakers, I rejoiced in knowing that I had an absolute blast.

I’ve curated a few of my hands-down favorite spectator signs below, from races all over.  Some you may have seen before, some may be new to you.  Either way, I hope they bring a smile to your face and a chuckle from deep within.

 

 

I know, but we will be reunited in say, 4 more hours.

I know, but we will be reunited in say, 4 more hours.

Signs like this are crucial at Mile 22.

Signs like this are crucial at Mile 22.

Actually, it’s 2 gels and my iPhone, but thanks!

Actually, it’s 2 gels and my iPhone, but thanks!

Marathon Medals > Skinny Jeans

Marathon Medals > Skinny Jeans

No Joke, I say this to myself at the base of every hill I run. It works!

No Joke, I say this to myself at the base of every hill I run. It works!

Extra Points for having your adorable daughter hold the sign.

Extra Points for having your adorable daughter hold the sign.

 

Thanks, guys. Some times it’s nice to be reminded.

Thanks, guys. Some times it’s nice to be reminded.

This is what I say to myself at every mile after Mile 20.

This is what I say to myself at every mile after Mile 20.

Had to end it with a bang.  There is just SO much awesome going on in this picture.  Just take it all in.

Had to end it with a bang. There is just SO much awesome going on in this picture. Just take it all in.