What Those Obnoxious Running Stickers Say About You

November 11, 2014 10:47 PM

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There are a lot of haters out there picking on runners. (See Chad Stafko's Wall Street Journal article here. And Mark Remy's response at Runner's World here.) They say the running stickers on our vehicles represent a smug and elitist attitude. Hmm... Sounds like someone is a little defensive. But there is a valid point buried under that mountain of misguided anger.

The sticker itself is a boring and benign set of numerals. The growing discord between runners and non-runners is not over what the stickers say, but what they symbolize. Is the 13.1 sticker a race memento? Is it a brag for others to envy? Or is it simply a reminder that you discovered something mea...

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