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When it comes to tattoos, athletes have a tendency to take it a little too far, resulting in some of the ugliest, sloppiest, and downright puzzling ink we’ve seen. CrossFitters have become notorious for questionable body art, but bad fitness tats are not limited to the intense workout craze.

Runners are part of an incredibly dedicated culture that involves endless hard work, pride, goals, and triumph. With all the preparation and perseverance that goes into a race, there’s just nothing quite like the feeling of crossing that finish line. So we can’t knock a runner for getting their best marathon time, favorite race, or a simple inspirational message permanently scribed on their body. The thing is, not all tattoos are created equally, and if you don’t give it some careful consideration, you could wind up with one expensive mistake. Be sure to seek out the most reputable artists in your area, and mull over an idea for at least a couple months before you take the needle plunge. Otherwise, the shaky script might be the next addition to The Worst Running Tattoos of All Time.

Riley Jones is a freelance writer from Charlottesville, VA and a contributor to Sneaker Report. With an unshakable affinity for basketball and all things pop culture, he can be found on Twitter @rchrstphr.

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Maui
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No. 20 - Not Aging Gracefully

London Marathon
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No. 19 - Jump Rope for Heart or London Marathon?

Keep Running
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No. 18 - Hopefully You're Not Running in Flying Chuck Taylors

Hashmarks
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No. 17 - An Outsider Might Get the Wrong Idea

Forrest Gump
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No. 16 - Unfortunately, it Looks Like Forrest Gump was the Tattoo Artist, Too

Chest Tattoo
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No. 15 - Whoa, We Didn't Need to See That

Cat
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No. 14 - Props for Originality, but This Looks Like it Could Be Mistaken for a Skin Disease

Brooks
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No. 13 - Captain Planet's Favorite Shoes

Boston
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No. 12 - We Love the Message, but Are Those the Twin Towers?

Born to Run
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No. 11 - Run From Hell

Anime
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No. 10 - You Must be This Old to Run this Race

262
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No. 9 - Dale Earnhardt Jr. Would Be Proud

Infrared Air Max 90
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No. 8 - The Long-Awaited Air Max 90 Mitten

25 Marathon
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No. 7 - Just a Liiiiittle Off Center

Converse Boston
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No. 6 - Hopefully You've Upgraded the Shoes Since Then

Melting
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No. 5 - This Sneaker is on Fire and Resting Above an Eagle. Strong Contender for Best AND Worst

Sonic
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No. 4 - Nerd it Out

Run This Body
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No. 3 - We Gon' Run This Town Tonight

Skeleton
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No. 2 - From the Cradle to the Grave

Running Sucks
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No. 1 - We Beg to Differ

Riley Jones is a freelance writer from Charlottesville, VA and a contributor to Sneaker Report. With an unshakable affinity for basketball and all things pop culture, he can be found on Twitter @rchrstphr.

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