10 Funny Signs for Triathlon Spectators

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turns out the recovery time for both the actual ironmanย and his very pregnant wife takes more than a day! while we continue to recover, i wanted to share with you funny signs for triathlon spectators you can make to support friends and family! i will absolutely be doing a recap of my husband’s ironman so stay tuned because oh what a day it was.

in the meantime, here are ideas for funny spectator signs you can make for races!

funny signs for triathlete spectators

1) “i don’t do triathlons. i do a triathlete.

you don’t have to be pregnant to use this one but it sure makes it funnier! we got a lot of laughs from this one and my husband found it hilarious, which was most important!

funny signs for triathlons

2) “shut up legs!

this was a great sign to be used during the run portion of the triathlon as everyone’s legs turn to jello here after completing a swim and bike!

3) “you paid for this!

my husband saw this one along his bike and made him laugh. it was a good reminder that no one is forcing the athlete to do this and in fact they actually paid (a lot) of money to participate in the ironman!

4) “imagine morgan freeman is narrating your race

this was a HUGE success as people were cruising on their 112 mile bike ride. it made me people smile, chuckle and thank us for the signs! my friend alison brought this one to the table – apparently her husband made this same sign for her at one of her marathons!

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5) “worst parade ever

this is always a favorite to see because it’s hilarious!

6) “hurry up <insert name>, i’m hungry!

my husband also saw this along the course and cracked him up. wish we would have made this sign, especially while pregnant!

7) “your hair still looks great!”

this sucker came out for the run and made a good amount of people at least smile. i take that as a win because it was at mile 22 of the marathon after the 2.4 mile swim and 112 mile bike ride. it’s especially funny for my husband because he is known for his hair being on point. #dathairdoe

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8) “today is the only day it’s acceptable to pee your pants!

another sign spotted throughout the day, which was funny (because it’s true).

9) “this seems a lot of work for a free banana.

i mean, it really does.

10) “i like your endurance – call me!

another one to make people laugh along the course and hey, why not give ’em a confidence boost?!


okay so this one isn’t funny but it’s meaningful and has lights! i had this up for my husband (aka the big dreamer) at the finish line and it was a perfect way to round out the day.

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stay tuned to hear more about the race! oh, and let’s all take a minute to cheers that i didn’t go into labor while he was on his 17 hour, extreme workout…

do you have any favorite signs when you are a spectator?

any specific questions you have around the ironman that i can include in the recap?


  1. Audrey

    August 10, 2016 at 10:32 am

    These signs are fantastic, especially the triathlete one, the Morgan Freemon one, and the pee your pants one! And of course your sign with the lights!! Wha??! That’s crazy! Way to go, Mr. Wifestyle!
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    • chelsea

      August 12, 2016 at 7:02 am

      it was super fun making the signs, especially with my bestie here! seriously still SO impressed with mr. wifestyle ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Elyse@JustMurrayed

    August 10, 2016 at 11:12 am

    All the signs are awesome! I kept trying to pick a favourite but they’re all great!
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    • chelsea

      August 12, 2016 at 7:03 am

      really you can’t go wrong as long as they are funny and apply to multiple people passing by! my husband said he SO appreciated the various signs along the 17 hour day…

  3. Nina @ Hugs and Lattes

    August 10, 2016 at 11:50 am

    I couldn’t stop laughing at yours when I saw it on Instagram.Then I proceeded to show everyone (meaning the adults) at the dinner table. Go Ryan!
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    • chelsea

      August 12, 2016 at 7:04 am

      haha yes! glad it gave you laugh – i was super diligent in ensuring he did not see the sign until race day so that made it all the better!

  4. Jennifer Haston

    August 10, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Love them all but my favourite is the first one.. “I do a triathlete” obvi!! LOL! I love how much you both support each other!! It had to be hard to stand out there and be his encourager when you are pregnant and just want to be inside and eating all the things! I told my husband.. I will need you to make “Imagine Morgan Freeman is narrating your race” for when I do my half marathon.. (after the little bundle of joy arrives, and I spend some time adjusting to that, I will be getting back on track with that goal..

    • chelsea

      August 12, 2016 at 7:06 am

      oof it was quite the grueling day for both of us – i think i have finally recovered and he’s almost there. i will say that all that walking (over 11 miles) kept my feet not swollen so that was good! yeeeees glad you are already planning your signs for your half marathon – how exciting!

  5. Amberly

    August 11, 2016 at 8:23 am

    #1 and #5 are definitely my favorite ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • chelsea

      August 12, 2016 at 7:07 am

      i know it was hard to pick which ones to use on race day!

  6. chelsea jacobs

    August 11, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Oh my word, yours is hilarious! And I love the Morgan Freeman one!
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    • chelsea

      August 12, 2016 at 7:10 am

      yay! glad you like them – we had a lot of fun making them and then showing them off!