The real purpose of running isn't to win a race, it's to test the limits of the human heart.

— Bill Bowerman

The most blissful Bill Bowerman quotes that will activate your desire to change

Men of Oregon, I invite you to become students of your events.

Running, one might say, is basically an absurd past-time upon which to be exhausting ourselves. But if you can find meaning, in the kind of running you have to do to stay on this team, chances are you will be able to find meaning in another absurd past-time: life.


Victory is in having done your best. If you've done your best, you've won.


Everything you need is already inside.


To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world.


If someone says, 'Hey, I ran 100 miles this week.

How far did you run?' ignore him! What the hell difference does it make?.... The magic is in the man, not the 100 miles.


There is no bad weather, just soft runners.


I think people can handle 150 to 200 miles a week.

But something has to give somewhere. If he's a student, how's he going to study? He may be at the age of chasing and courtship, and that's an important form of sport and recreation, too.


A teacher is never too smart to learn from his pupils.


Several of my critics have said, 'Bowerman just tacks up a piece of paper in the locker room and turns his runners loose.' They're partially right. I do give the athletes a relatively free rein and for good reason. One of my principles is? 'Don't overcoach.'


Don't give anything away. Never make it easy for the guys you are trying to beat.


Now to explore the limits of the one competitor above everyone else you've always loved to face: Steve Prefontaine.


The athlete makes himself, the coach doesn't make the athlete.


About Bill Bowerman

Quotes 19 sayings
Profession Coach
Birthday October 16

It's easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission.


God determines how fast you're going to run; I can help only with the mechanics.


The idea that the harder you work, the better you're going to be is just garbage. The greatest improvement is made by the man or woman who works most intelligently.


If at the end of a race you know yourself that you have done your best, you're a winner.


I still bother with runners I call hamburgers.

They're never going to run any record times. But they can fulfill their own potential.


If you have a body, you are an athlete!