38+ Best Cross Country Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Inspirational cross country quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

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 skiing is great if you live in a small country. – Steven Wright

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

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

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. – T. S. Eliot

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

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

The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start. – John Bingham

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

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

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

Don’t bother just to be better than others. Try to be better than yourself. – William Faulkner

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

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

A runners 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

That’s one thing you learn in sports. You don’t give up; you fight to the finish. – Louis Zamperini

If I miss anything about the sport, it’s the camaraderie of old teammates. – Bo Jackson

The five S’s of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit. – Ken Doherty

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

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