The 12 Best Signs from the 2017 Boston Marathon

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The Boston Marathon brings all sorts of people from around the world to the Hub—not least of which, some elite signmakers. As it turns out, a well-placed pun does much to make you forget about your aching calves or chafing nipples on the final stretch of a 26.2-mile slog. And so, these masters of posterboard deserve a salute.

Here’s a dozen of our favorite signs from along the marathon route.

When you don’t think you can go on, just remember:

this guy is at the #BostonMarathon right now motivating the runners. i love boston.

— abdul (@Advil) April 17, 2017

Just brutal.

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That’s no moon.

Nora and Alana Buckner cheering on Nora's husband, a @starwars fan, who is running in the @bostonmarathon

— Emma R. Murphy (@MurphReports) April 17, 2017

Up up, down down, right on Hereford, left on Boylston.

Photo by Alyssa Vaughn

Photo by Alyssa Vaughn

It helps having friends in high places.

People show support from their balcony in mile 24. Runners have not yet passed this area right now. #BostonMarathon @BUNewsService

— Valdya Baraputri (@valdyabara) April 17, 2017

Hopefully she didn’t have to hide that sign.

Kelsey Renner, of Boston, with a choice inspirational sign

— Bill Shaner (@bill_shaner) April 17, 2017

Hill of a sign!

Jill Rabadan of New Jersey is here to cheer on her sister Chrissy Rabadan @BostonMagazine

— Hallie Smith (@hallieasmith) April 17, 2017

Tough but fair.

Best. Sign. Ever. #BostonMarathon #signs

— Steve Kapner (@SteveKapner) April 18, 2017


This was the best sign. #BostonMarathon #BostonStrong

— holivia (@livyrozay) April 18, 2017

Yeah, but these are really nice bananas.

Great sign, sir. Mile 23 at the #BostonMarathon 2017 #BostonStrong

— Alli Salzberg (@AlliSalz) April 17, 2017

Spotted on the sign of the new boutique hotel in Cleveland Circle:

Biggest sign at the #BostonMarathon?

— Christopher Gavin (@c_gavinMDN) April 17, 2017

Granted, it doesn’t take much.

Favourite #BostonMarathon sign thus far.

— Jon Ashley (@jonashley87) April 17, 2017

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