A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from June 12, 2012
“If you want to come in second…follow me!” (running aphorism)

"If you want to come in second… follow me!” is a popular running aphorism printed on the back of many T-shirts. The saying has been cited in print since at least 2004.


Cool Running Forums
Topic:  running quotes
pommer2005
posted Aug-03-2004 09:46 PM
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If you want to come in second, follow me.

Swim City Forum
Re: Favorite Quotes
Posted by: Swimminjen ()
Date: February 15, 2006 11:15PM

wow u all have a lot!! but heres some i do like:
“If you want to come in second, follow me.”

Runner’s World Forums
LostMyHappy
RE: I need something funny for my t-shirt......
posted at 11/19/2008 6:20 AM CST
If you are looking for some running slogans:

My sport is your sport’s punishment.
And on the seventh day, God did an easy three.
Cheaper than therapy
Don’t Pass Me....I’m not in your Age Group
If you want to come in second...follow me!

BananaRunning
May 25, 2010
What’s your running mantra?
Her shirt is the Nike one that says, “Follow me if you want to come in second.”

RunHastings
Mar 14 2012
Running shirt quotes…
· “Your pace or mine?”
· “Fast girls have good times.”
“Why are all these people following me?”
· Back of shirt: “Like my shirt? After the race, I’ll let you read the front.”
· Back of shirt: “If you can read this, I’m just warming up.”
· · Back of shirt: If you want to come in second...follow me!

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityExercise/Running/Health Clubs • (0) Comments • Tuesday, June 12, 2012 • Permalink