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Old 09-16-2009, 06:19 PM
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What Does This Bumper Sticker Mean?

I had never seen this before in my life, and then I saw it twice today.

A circle. Within the circle, the number 26.2. That's it. Oh, and the second time I saw it, a circle with the number 13.1, and another next to it, with the number 26.2.

WTF?
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Old 09-16-2009, 06:19 PM
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It means that person has completed two marathons (26.2 miles each) and one half-marathon (13.1).



Oops: Editing because I now see that you're talking about two different people. Same basic answer, though.

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Old 09-16-2009, 06:20 PM
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Appears to be a marathon badge.
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Old 09-16-2009, 06:20 PM
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My best guess--something they got after running a full (26.2 mi) or half (13.1mi) marathon.
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Old 09-16-2009, 06:21 PM
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It means that person has completed two marathons (26.2 miles each) and one half-marathon (13.1).



Oops: Editing because I now see that you're talking about two different people. Same basic answer, though.
Wow, that was quick. And painfully obvious now!
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Old 09-16-2009, 07:33 PM
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Oh, so that's what those are! I saw two different ones with different numbers on two cars parked close together the other day, and was totally befuddled. Thanks!
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Old 09-16-2009, 10:33 PM
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Meanwhile, if you ever see a bumper sticker that says "26 + 6" or "26 + 6 = 1", that's someone in favor of Irish re-unification. There are 26 counties in the Republic of Ireland, and 6 in Northern Ireland that are part of the UK.
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Old 06-11-2012, 08:56 AM
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13.1, 26.2, 70.3, 140.6

If you see the last two numbers, it means that they swam and cycled before doing the half or full marathon.
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:04 AM
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If you see the last two numbers, it means that they swam and cycled before doing the half or full marathon.
In case that's not clear to everyone, 70.3 is the half Ironman distance and 140.6 is the full Ironman distance.

-Telemark (who has a 26.2 magnet on his car)
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:58 AM
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I see some subtle irony in putting a marathon "merit badge" on an automobile. The car would have beat you any day of the week.
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Old 06-11-2012, 11:46 AM
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Interesting. I ran ten marathons yeas ago, and all I ever got was a lousy t-shirt. Not even that at Boston.
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Old 06-11-2012, 12:01 PM
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So this has nothing to do with replacing the alphabet?

Dammit, people, we need the decibet.
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Old 06-11-2012, 12:16 PM
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Interesting. I ran ten marathons yeas ago, and all I ever got was a lousy t-shirt. Not even that at Boston.
A friend has a 26.2X10 badge on his car for the 10 he's run. I don't think it goes through a committe or anything, surely you can just buy one!
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Old 06-11-2012, 12:52 PM
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In case that's not clear to everyone, 70.3 is the half Ironman distance and 140.6 is the full Ironman distance.

-Telemark (who has a 26.2 magnet on his car)
For further clarification, the full Ironman is a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2-mile run.

Scarlett (who also sports a 26.2 sticker)
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Old 06-11-2012, 12:53 PM
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Zombies run marathons too.

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Old 06-11-2012, 12:55 PM
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Zombies run marathons too.
Most commonly occurring injury in zombie runners?

Spraaaaaains.

On topic: Does it make me a bad person that I 'meh' pretty hard at 13.1 stickers?

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Old 06-11-2012, 01:48 PM
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I want an "0.262" sticker for my car.

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Old 06-11-2012, 02:27 PM
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I saw a sticker a few months ago that said simply "0.0"
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Old 06-11-2012, 02:33 PM
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I want an "0.262" sticker for my car.
I want one that says "Couch-to-comfy-chair."
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Old 06-11-2012, 04:54 PM
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On topic: Does it make me a bad person that I 'meh' pretty hard at 13.1 stickers?
Um, yeah. 13.1 miles is nothing to sneeze at. And many dedicated half-marathon runners I've talked to just don't have 26.2 in them. Doesn't make 13.1 any less of an accomplishment.
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Old 06-11-2012, 05:43 PM
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Geeez ...



Anyone with a pulse could have found out what 26.2 with an oval (not a circle) around it means ...

#1) Go to an Internet search engine like:

http://www.goggle.com

#2) In the search box, type:

26.2

#3) Mouseclick on the IMAGES option.
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Old 06-11-2012, 06:41 PM
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I saw a sticker a few months ago that said simply "0.0"
Coincidentally, someone on a running group I'm part of on FB posted a picture of this sticker today. I wish I could take credit for the comment someone made, but I can't:

"You laugh, but this car belongs to a world champion jump roper."

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Um, yeah. 13.1 miles is nothing to sneeze at. And many dedicated half-marathon runners I've talked to just don't have 26.2 in them. Doesn't make 13.1 any less of an accomplishment.
I guess that sounded dick-ish. I'm not belittling the half, or people who do them, for chrissakes I just finished my first one. It's entirely possible that my body won't let me do anything longer.
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Old 06-11-2012, 08:18 PM
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Geeez ...



Anyone with a pulse could have found out what 26.2 with an oval (not a circle) around it means ...

#1) Go to an Internet search engine like:

http://www.goggle.com

#2) In the search box, type:

26.2

#3) Mouseclick on the IMAGES option.
I have a pulse (resting: 60 bpm) and didn't see anything I would want at http://www.goggle.com.
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Old 06-11-2012, 08:21 PM
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It's entirely possible that my body won't let me do anything longer.
You don't know how many times I've heard that.
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Old 06-11-2012, 10:11 PM
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On topic: Does it make me a bad person that I 'meh' pretty hard at 13.1 stickers?
I just finished 11 weeks of training to do a 5K - only 3.1 miles. I have till November to add 10 more miles to that. I want that 13.1 sticker sooooooooo bad! I can't imagine "meh-ing" one.
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Old 06-11-2012, 10:14 PM
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#1) Go to an Internet search engine like:

http://www.goggle.com

Are your goggles foggled?
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Old 06-12-2012, 01:56 AM
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I once saw a bumper sticker that simply said “Right on Hereford, Left on Boylston.” Since Hereford St. in Boston is a one-way heading from Boylston St., I'm guessing this is in reference to those being the final two turns before the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
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Old 06-12-2012, 05:50 AM
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I just finished 11 weeks of training to do a 5K - only 3.1 miles. I have till November to add 10 more miles to that. I want that 13.1 sticker sooooooooo bad! I can't imagine "meh-ing" one.
Not 'meh' the accomplishment, just the sticker itself!

I was analyzing my position on this last night, and decided it's just my 'anti me-too' reflex kicking in. This attitude actually applies to most oval stickers. I feel about them the same way that I feel about 'My Kid Is A...' stickers.

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Old 06-12-2012, 06:14 AM
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Since this has been resurrected, I'll just mention that the same sticker in Metric (OK, and rounded down slightly) would be a lot cooler:

42.

Just don't hitchhike to the finish line!

Says the guy who would be hard pressed to finish a centi-marathon....
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Old 06-12-2012, 06:43 AM
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I once saw a bumper sticker that simply said “Right on Hereford, Left on Boylston.” Since Hereford St. in Boston is a one-way heading from Boylston St., I'm guessing this is in reference to those being the final two turns before the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Yup, it's a mantra for many Boston runners. They're pretty much the only real turns on the marathon course (there are two others but not quite as pronounced) and they're just a tiny, tiny distance from the finish line. It feels really good to make the right on Hereford, trust me.
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:15 AM
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My 13.1 sticker was a gift from my daughter in honor of my finishing my first half at the age of 61. You can 'meh' it all you want, I'll display it til it fades to nothing.
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:43 AM
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I'm only half proud of you 13.1ers.
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:50 AM
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Saw one just a couple days ago that said "27.4 (I got lost)"
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:08 AM
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Got to brag on my Wife. She's done 4 full Ironmen and probably 5 halfs. I'm the sherpa. They are LONG days, but I'm not really in any position to complain
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:11 AM
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Saw one just a couple days ago that said "27.4 (I got lost)"
Heh. During a full Ironman, my Wife jumped off the course to pee in the woods.

This particular course was a back and forth so people where running in both directions. Yep, she started running in the wrong direction when she got back to the course. Only for about a half mile, but still.

At that point in the race, you are pretty much on empty and are not very clear headed.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:13 AM
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A. James must have just run a Marathon to wake this guy up again. Congrats!
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:17 AM
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Maybe I should get one that says "3.14159" because I work out on a track.

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Old 02-20-2013, 11:00 AM
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I've got one that says 76,325. It's how far I've driven my current vehicle.
F that running bullshit.
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:04 AM
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Got to brag on my Wife. She's done 4 full Ironmen and probably 5 halfs. I'm the sherpa. They are LONG days, but I'm not really in any position to complain
You better not complain, sounds like she could kick your ass.

Now, go organize her wetsuits. Before she gets pissed off.

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Old 02-20-2013, 07:10 PM
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Not 'meh' the accomplishment, just the sticker itself!
What's the difference?
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Old 02-20-2013, 07:18 PM
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Damn, I just almost started this thread. Snap!
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:59 PM
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I have a sticker that says (4.7 - personal best).

It's in yards, though.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:00 PM
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If you die while running a marathon, you get a bumper sticker to put on your casket. It has the number 26.2 on it with a red circle around the number and a red line slashed across the circle and number.
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:01 AM
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Got to brag on my Wife. She's done 4 full Ironmen and probably 5 halfs. I'm the sherpa. They are LONG days, but I'm not really in any position to complain

Hmm, what does "I'm the sherpa" mean in this context?

On Mt. Everest it's the Sherpas who haul massive amounts of gear and supplies up and down the mountain for the "climbers". The Sherpas do the lion's share of the work while the climbers drag their assess to base camp, and then up onto the mountain's camps for an assault on the summit - all the camps usually having been set up by the Sherpas.

So, I realize it's probably just a saying (albeit one I'm not familiar with) - and, just wondering what you meant by this.
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:51 AM
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I've never seen these.
Can't quite get my head around why you would put it on your car, that goes pretty much for any self-congratulatory display. Why does anyone else need to know or care? As long as you know you've done it that is all that matters.

For those that would, what do you get out out of it?
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:55 AM
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Hmm, what does "I'm the sherpa" mean in this context?

On Mt. Everest it's the Sherpas who haul massive amounts of gear and supplies up and down the mountain for the "climbers". The Sherpas do the lion's share of the work while the climbers drag their assess to base camp, and then up onto the mountain's camps for an assault on the summit - all the camps usually having been set up by the Sherpas.

So, I realize it's probably just a saying (albeit one I'm not familiar with) - and, just wondering what you meant by this.
We use "Sherpa" in our family for anyone who hauls stuff around at someone else's behest. So the kids are sherpas when they're unloading grocery bags for us from the car, or bringing trash to the curb etc.

I took it to mean that he hauls his wife's gear for her to help her accomplish her goal.
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:22 AM
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Hmm, what does "I'm the sherpa" mean in this context?
Yep, what Ivory Tower said.

Swim gear, bike gear, run gear, nutrition. Along with our regular bags, it can be a lot of stuff. And the bike of course that is kept in the hotel rooms. I also do a lot of the driving. The last race we did was in Maryland. On that trip, we drove almost 4000 miles.

Another big part is just keeping my Wife calm and company of course. She likes to be at the race as soon as possible, this is often about 2 hours before it starts.

I used to call myself the pit crew, but sherpa fits better.
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:26 AM
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Not 'meh' the accomplishment, just the sticker itself!
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What's the difference?
Some people (at least me and Sicks Ate, apparently) think braggadocious stickers are awful. Like those stupid stick-figure families, or the ridiculous full-window memorial stickers.
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Old 02-22-2013, 12:27 PM
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Some people (at least me and Sicks Ate, apparently) think braggadocious stickers are awful. Like those stupid stick-figure families, or the ridiculous full-window memorial stickers.
I like this one http://xkcd.com/946/
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:36 PM
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#1) Go to an Internet search engine like:

http://www.goggle.com
For those who may click on that, it says GOGGLE, not google.

A phishing site? It purports to be a survey site. Three or four questions on your internet use are asked. Then, to "win" a new iPhone or $500 it wants your name and address.

I should have checked before closing it whether it wants the respondent's email address.

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