Warchalking for Runners

As soon as it was midnight, there came in two little naked dwarfs; and they sat themselves upon the shoemaker’s bench, took up all the work that was cut out, and began to ply with their little fingers, stitching and rapping and tapping away at such a rate, that the shoemaker was all wonder, and could not take his eyes off them. And on they went, till the job was quite done, and the shoes stood ready for use upon the table. This was long before daybreak; and then they bustled away as quick as lightning.
The Elves and the Shoemaker, by the Grimm Brothers

Ever wondered how the marathon course gets marked up with those inspirational quotes for the runners on the marathon course?

Of course, it’s not naked dwarfs; but if you’re looking for ideas to chalk onto the course then hopefully these might help.

For the Marathon

  • Smile if you aren’t wearing underwear.
  • The marathon. Making chafing cool since Ancient Greece.
  • Whine now => wine later.
  • Draw a body outline at around the 18km mark
  • Chafe now…brag forever.
  • Pain is just weakness leaving the body.
  • That’s not sweat, it’s your fat cells crying.
  • Blisters are Braille for awesome!
  • You’ve got stamina! Call me!
  • Treadmills suck!
  • Worst. Parade. Ever.
  • Hurry up, we’re missing Happy Hour.
  • Pain now…beer later.
  • If a marathon was easy, it would be called your mother.
  • I’m sure it seemed like a good idea 16 weeks ago.
  • You cannot scare me. I run marathons.
  • Never trust a fart.
  • You’ve done dumber things when drunk!
  • Run like you stole something.
  • Hey marathoners, hurry up! The half-marathoners are drinking all the beer!
  • Toenails are for sissies.
  • It’ll feel better when it stops hurting.
  • My legs hurt just waiting for you.
  • Run now, crap later
  • You’re 42.2% crazy for doing this.
  • Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory lasts forever.
  • Where are you all going?
  • Hurry up…beer misses you!
  • You’re not slow. You’re just enjoying the course.
  • Stop reading this and keep running!
  • Sweat like a pig to look like a fox!
  • Marathoners still do it when it hurts!
  • Don’t worry…tomorrow you wont feel your feet at all!
  • Race Entry : $85
    Shoes : $200
    Chafing parts you never knew existed : $Priceless
  • It’s long. It’s hard. Do it faster!
  • Chuck Norris never ran a marathon.
  • Shut up legs!

And some words for those running further…

  • You ran a marathon? That’s nice.
  • Any idiot can run a marathon. It takes a special kind of idiot to run an ultra!
  • To run an ultra, you have to be arrogant to believe you can do it…and stupid enough to try.
  • If you can’t run, then walk. And if you can’t walk, then crawl. Do what you have to do. Just keep moving forward and never, ever give up. ― Dean Karnazes
  • Ultras. The victory of spirit over reason.
  • Keep going… towards beer.
  • In ultras, pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.
  • How to run an ultramarathon ? Puff out your chest, put one foot in front of the other, and don’t stop till you cross the finish line. ― Dean Karnazes
  • It hurts up to a point and then it doesn’t get any worse. – Ann Trason
  • Tough times don’t last but tough people do. – A.C. Green
  • If you start to feel good during an ultra, don’t worry you will get over it. – Gene Thibeault
  • Relentless forward progress.
  • All toenails go to Heaven.
  • People ask why I run. I say, “If you have to ask, you’ll never underbeer.” It is something that only those select few beer. Those who put themselves through beer, but beer down know how beer it beers.


    Graffiti is illegal, so make sure to use a non-permanent method! Or, don’t get caught!