Cross country running is a sport in which teams and individuals run a race on open-air courses over natural terrain such as dirt or grass. Inspirational cross country quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.
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Most Famous Cross Country Quotes
The freedom of Cross Country is so primitive. It’s woman vs. nature. – Lynn Jennings
Cross Country is like poker. You have to be holding five good cards all the time. – Rollie Geiger
Cross country will test your will, your courage, and ultimately your discipline. – Nick Steele
Cross country skiing is great if you live in a small country. – Steven Wright
Cross country taught me my own temporary weakness; excuses are temporary if you choose to let go of them. – Nick Steele
Running cross country is the closest man will ever get to flying. – Joseph Vanderstel
A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more. – Steve Prefontaine
I love running cross country….On a track, I feel like a hamster. – Robin Williams
Cross Country: No half times, no time outs, no substitutions. It must be the only true sport. – Chuck Norris
What I learned from cross country is that one person can influence a team. If this one person persists in pushing the team, even when they do not feel like working particularly hard, he can infect them with his tenacity. – Nick Steele
You know you are a cross country runner when your shoes have more mileage than your car. – Wilbert Gilbry
Cross country is a mental sport and we’re all insane. – unknown
As cross-country skiers, we tend to be a bit fanatical, because it’s our own energy that makes you go. – Dean Glaze
Every step you take is one step closer to the finish line. – Clyde Tubick
I learned from cross country that the people with the most excuses were usually not among the elite. It they happened to luck up, they were never in the top 10, or the extraordinary. They also did not have the highest quality of life. – Nick Steele
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. – T. S. Eliot
My cross-country shoes have more miles than your car. – Hal Higdon
Cross country embodies risk, just like life. – Nick Steele
If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run. – John Bingham
Cross country was something that started off as a punishment from my father for low grades. I guess he didn’t realize it would take off so well. It gave me something to do with my free time and it taught me to be accountable. – A.J. Ellison
The body does not want you to do this. As you run, it tells you to stop but the mind must be strong. You always go too far for your body. You must handle the pain with strategy…It is not age; it is not diet. It is the will to succeed. – Jacqueline Gareau
Sports do not build character. They reveal it. – Heywood Broun
I love controlling a race, chewing up an opponent. Let’s get down and dirty. Let’s fight it out. It’s raw, animalistic, with no one to rely on but yourself. There’s no better feeling than that. – Adam Goucher
You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get. – Michael Phelps
Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it. – Oprah Winfrey
If you want to tell something to an athlete, say it quickly and give no alternatives. This is a game of winning and losing. It is senseless to explain and explain. – Paavo Nurmi
Every athlete has doubts. Elite runners in particular are insecure people. You need someone to affirm that what you are doing is right. – Lynn Jennings
There is no time to think about how much I hurt; there is only time to run. – Ben Logsdon
The more you sweat in practice, the less you bleed in battle.
Number one is just to gain a passion for running. To love the morning, to love the trail, to love the pace on the track. And if some kid gets really good at it, that’s cool too. – Pat Tyson
I loved cross country right from the start. I loved the open territory and going the distance. – Bill Rodgers
The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start. – John Bingham
Cross-country runners do it in the woods. – Hal Higdon
In a world of give and take, give what it takes. There is no bench in cross-country. – Hal Higdon
In many ways, a race is analogous to life itself. Once it is over, it cannot be re-created. All that is left are impressions in the heart, and in the mind. – Chris Lear
A runner’s creed: I will win; if I cannot win, I shall be second; if I cannot be second, I shall be third; if I cannot place at all, I shall still do my best. – Ken Doherty
When you put yourself on the line in a race and expose yourself to the unknown, you learn things about yourself that are very exciting. – Doris Brown Heritage
If cross country was easy, it would be called track.
For something to hurt that bad, and feel so good, it’s just inexplicable. – Adam Goucher
For a sprinter the thrill is going fast, but for a distance runner it is the journey in between the start and the end.
Cross-country is my first great love in running. Like anyone’s first love, I remember it with great sentimentality. – Hal Higdon
Over the river and through the woods…and hills and more woods, and another river, and more hills.
The footing was really atrocious. I loved it. I really like cross country; you’re one with the mud. – Lynn Jennings
The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win. – Roger Bannister
Cycling is unique. No other sport lets you go like that – where there’s only the bike left to hold you up. If you ran as hard, you’d fall over. Your legs wouldn’t support you. – Steve Johnson
I really like cross-country. You’re one with the mud. – Lynn Jennings
You know you run cross country when you are freakishly good at estimating distances. – unknown
Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. – Lou Holtz
Sports are a microcosm of society. – Billie Jean King
Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return. – Leonardo da Vinci
I prayed for cross country to go away. – Eileen Heisler
Don’t bother just to be better than others. Try to be better than yourself. – William Faulkner
To cross the country on foot is, by definition, extraordinary. – Rickey Gates
The most exciting sport in France, however, is cross country bicycle racing. – James A. FitzPatrick
I found I could also be good in cross country. I don’t think my running style has anything to do with it. If you have speed and your body feels good, you can do any distance. – Catherine Ndereba
It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. – Confucius
I think you should take the bike on a cross-country trip. It’s something you’ve always wanted to do. – Andrew W. Marlowe
Running taught me valuable lessons. In cross-country competition, training counted more than intrinsic ability, and I could compensate for a lack of natural aptitude with diligence and discipline. I applied this in everything I did. – Nelson Mandela
Cross country feelin’, lots of time, lives get to living. Cross country feeling, I gotta love to take and to give. Gotta move to get that cross country feeling. – White Heat
That’s one thing you learn in sports. You don’t give up; you fight to the finish. – Louis Zamperini
She wants to ride, a horse cross country. She wants to feel, wind brush against her skin. – Anita Cochran
If I miss anything about the sport, it’s the camaraderie of old teammates. – Bo Jackson
Been cross country a time or two and look at it now, it’s just like new. – Wynonna Judd
The five S’s of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit. – Ken Doherty
Cross Country — It’s not how fast you run, but how long you run fast.
Cross country track, greyhound bus ride. – Snoop Dog
If I’m going to run cross country, I’m going to start with a small country.
The start of a World Cross Country event is like riding a horse in the middle of a buffalo stampede. It’s a thrill if you keep up, but one slip and you’re nothing but hoof prints. – Ed Eyestone
rosswords, cross birds, I cross country with a couple those. – Pusha T
In the beginning of cross-country travel by car, the thing that was almost as common as cars driving cross-country was cross-country road memoirs. – Hal Higdon
Cross Country was invented so water would taste good.