I love watching running. I want to be able to flip on my television on the weekend and watch running. Unfortunately, it is rarely on. I can probably find a Cubs game, a soccer match and maybe even some bowling – but running? Fat chance. After doing no research whatsoever, I think I’ve uncovered one of the reasons: The Victory Celebration. Long distance runners don’t do victory celebrations!!
Baseball is a pretty traditional sport. It’s been around for over a century. If you do something stupid, there’s a good chance you’re going to take a pitch in your back. And yet, it has subtly changed over time to the point where there are now celebrations!
There’s nothing subtle about the celebrations in basketball. These guys are pretty proud of themselves. I have a feeling they chest bump one another in the locker room after going #2 before the game.
Of all the “major” sports, football has my favorite celebrations. While I was never impressed by the goalpost dunk (which now gets you penalized), some players used a little imagination. Check out a few of the classics here.
Even golf has celebrations now… golf!! While Tiger probably accelerated this trend, others have joined in on it. Even Phil went vertical (barely) after winning The Masters in 2004.
Tennis players love to celebrate. Not just the match… or even a set… or even a game! Sometimes they get fired up just for winning a point.
Sprinters, who are basically our cousins (okay, second cousins), get to celebrate. They run for what? 10 seconds? 20 seconds?
What Are We Doing Wrong?
In the pictures above, Wilson Kipsang and Paula Radcliffe just set world records! Sure, they’re tired. But a smile and a couple of raised arms?
This is Meb winning the NYC marathon – he also went with raised arms, as did Geoffrey Mutai (right), as he crossed the line in the fastest marathon time ever recorded (at least for a few more days). At least Rory Bosio (middle) was somewhat creative when she offered a curtsy to the crowd after running over 100 miles.
What Do We Do?
I’ve seen people do a little bit more at races – the occasional cartwheel across the finish line and what not. Distance runners, we need to do more. We need our leaping, chest bumping, fist pumping, shouting moment… but better!
There are still a few days left before the London Marathon and over a week before the Boston Marathon…
How do you suggest the winners of these races celebrate?
How do you usually celebrate after finishing a race?