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Controversial and Funny Race Signs

My friends are fun, especially my running friends. You have to be if you’re running tons of miles for the fun of it. We always try to think of funny race signs, yet sometimes they turn controversial. You be the judge. Are these funny race signs or mean race signs?

Funny Race Signs! But what happens when one of them strikes controversy on the race course?

Funny Race Signs

I love to read a good, funny race sign when I’m on the course. Sometimes I need that motivation, sometimes I need a good laugh, and sometimes I just need to know someone’s out there for me.

My love for cheering for races started with the Kanye sign at the Princess 10K during Disney’s Princess Half Marathon. Some friends and I decided to cheer for Disney’s Enchanted 10K, and it was so much fun!

Runners would laugh, they would stop for a quick pic, and I loved shouting encouraging things. The Kanye sign was Instafamous for about 5 minutes, but the best was hearing stories of how it actually inspired runners. I was inspired by their stories, and watching people overcome obstacles, fatigue, and fear during a race is extremely motivating. So cheering soon became a regular thing.

Funny and Motivational Race Signs! I need funny when I'm running a marathon, but what happens when a sign strikes controversy on the race course? That awkward moment when a runner said I sucked.

We’ve even started adding Celebrity Corner where we bring giant heads of celebrities and have posters of them saying things. Not even the Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, or even Puppy Monkey Baby brought controversy.

Ok, well maybe Donald and Hillary did bring a little controversy. But the big one? 

Controversial and funny race signs

Seriously, that Adele sign? I burst out laughing when Amy made it.

It was Darth Vader.

Funny race signs - I find your lack of training disturbing.

Controversial Race Signs

I know Darth Vader is a Sith and all, but I was surprised by the controversy. It was late and we needed to get to bed to get up early to cheer for the Walt Disney World Half Marathon runners in the morning. I still had not come up with a sign idea.

I was feeling some pressure from last year’s Kanye sign. So I searched the internet, saw the Darth Vader sign, laughed, and my friend Shannon whipped up a quick Vader. I loved it! Probably because Darth Vader is my favorite Star Wars character.

So in the morning I started to worry a bit. Is saying I find people’s lack of training disturbing rude? My friends assured me it wasn’t, and so we went to find a cheering spot around mile 12. At first I just kind of let my sign hang down low. I was trying to feel out the crowd. The elites don’t usually pay attention to our signs. They may glance, but give us an ‘oh, well aren’t you cute?’ nod and carry on with their running. Then the middle-of-the-pack runners starting coming. Our people!

Well I was getting positive feedback on the sign. People would laugh. Nod their heads in agreement. Stop for pictures. Yell to their friends about their training. I was feeling good and started to cheer louder now.

All of our friends had passed, but we decided to stay until the last runner came by. I wasn’t really thinking about my sign. I was caught up in the moment of cheering, yelling, clapping, handing out candy, and encouraging every runner and walker, because your mental game comes into play at the end.

The last 5 runners were coming around, because we had seen the Balloon Ladies pass, and we saw the runDisney motorcade coming up. One girl was by herself, saw my sign, kept moving, and then changed her mind. She took out her earbuds, backed it up, and said, “You know what? That sign sucks!”

Me: <awkward smile>

Her: That’s not nice. I did try to train for this race, but I’m injured.

Me: Sorry, the sign was just for the Star Wars fans.

Her: Well I’m a StarWars fan, and it sucks. <starts crying> <gave me the finger. not that finger, but an index finger as she pointed at me and walked off>

Han Solo

Me: <awkward silence> <feels like crap>

What to Do When Your Race Sign Isn’t Funny

My friends and I just stood there dumbfounded. Then I just had to laugh and shrug it off. I knew where she was coming from, because I had been there. Tinker Bell Half 2014 was horrible. I knew the frustration. I knew that anything could have set me off, because it’s not the race I had dreamed of running.

 The very next day during the Walt Disney World marathon, I told my friend and running partner that I had had enough of her motivational anythings. Different people just need different things.

My sign could have very well sucked, but I don’t think it was that that caused this particular confrontation.

So my perfect sign record was blemished, but that didn’t stop me from bringing Trump and Clinton to Princess Half Marathon. 

For the future I’ll just stick to the nice signs my daughters make for me at the airport. Or else I’ll bring my kids with me to cheer. Who can yell at these faces? But funny race signs really are my jam.

Best Race Signs

If you already think I’m a jerk, then take a look at my Princess Half Marathon Tips and Etiquette guide, because princesses, we need to keep it royal.

 

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Linda

Thursday 17th of June 2021

I LOVE your Darth Vader sign! But thanks for the heads-up. I won't copy it if grouchy people react badly to it.

tanialamb

Thursday 17th of June 2021

Most people found it humorous, but some were not in the mood for it.

Nessa Warmath

Tuesday 16th of May 2017

I know this is an old post, but I think that Vader sign is hilarious. Emotions are wonky at the end of a race, so I can get where she's coming from, too.

My favorite poster from this year's Light Side Challenge? Face it: you've done dumber things while drunk. That one kept me laughing for quite a while.

tanialamb

Tuesday 16th of May 2017

That one is funny, too!! Thanks! I know how it feels to just have a horrible race and not be in the best mood. The funny signs are usually my favorite on a race course.

2016 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend - Enchanted 10K Recap - Lola Lambchops

Thursday 30th of June 2016

[…] Princess Enchanted 10K from earlier this year. I’m waffling between running only the 10K and cheering the half marathon or registering for the Glass Slipper Challenge. I really love the 1oKs, and even […]

vicki

Wednesday 25th of May 2016

I love seeing the great signs out at a race... really gives me a lift. I didn't "get" your sign, but I could hear it being said in a Darth Vader voice :-)

tanialamb

Wednesday 25th of May 2016

Thank you! I really appreciate the spectators and volunteers at races, too!

Stacy

Tuesday 24th of May 2016

I think your sign was funny and I look forward to reading signs at every race. I can't wait to see what your friends make for Wine & Dine! That will be my first half, and I am sure I will need to motivational signs toward the end.

tanialamb

Tuesday 24th of May 2016

Thanks! I hope you'll love the signs and have fun! Wine & Dine is a blast and runDisney is perfect for a first half marathon!