This Thursday's Take and Run Thursday theme is "favourite race signs". I found this post difficult to write, only because there are so many types of signs that evoke many different emotions from laughter to tears, which I guess is indicative of the spectrum of emotions often experienced during a marathon.
1) Signs that Pump me up!
Any signs that encourage me to fight through the pain are welcomed during a marathon. Cliches such as "The Pain is temporary, pride is forever", "You trained for this day, Go for Gold, Go __ Go!, I think it is terrific that people are willing to stand on the sidelines and cheer on the runners. Unlike Nitmos, I don't feel the urge to grab the sign and bonk it on their heads. LOL.
2) Signs that make me Laugh
I remember during the Philadelphia marathon there were six guys wearing pink tutu's that held a sign that said "We lost a bet, Go Peter Go!!". I suspect they bet Peter he would not finish the marathon. Anyway it was hilarious and made me laugh.
3) Signs that bring Tears
There is one simple sign that I remember seeing clearly during my very first marathon. As I was approaching the finish line, I saw a little girl with her father holding a sign that read "Go Mommy Go! You are my Hero!". The girl was holding it patiently and looking excitedly for her mom. I am not a mom (yet), but the expression on the girls face made me burst into tears (which BTW, I usually cry at least once during a marathon, but this sign, and the emotion on the little girls face, and fact that I was about to complete my first marathon, easily brought on the tears!)
4) Signs that let me know its almost done
I love signs that say "It's all downhill from here", or "500 meters to go". They provide me with a surge of energy and let me know that the finish line is near.
I think this post will make me take special attention to remember the signs I see when I am running Niagara, and to thank the people who stand on the side of the road bearing signs such as "Runner's Rule!". Thanks to them and thanks to you for reading!