Would You Get A Running Tattoo? A Kaua’i Marathon Beauty

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Becki Lynn Lassley wears the Kaua’i Marathon logo proudly. (Photo: RunKarlaRun.com)

How much do you love your favorite race? Enough for a running tattoo? Enough to tattoo the race’s logo on your body?

Becki Lynn Lassley of Colorado did just that. She’s run the Kaua’i Marathon all five of the race’s five years, and with great success. She’s finished in the top three women every single year. She won in 2010, finished second in 2009 and 2011, and third in 2012 and 2013.

If I had that kind of track record at a race, I might consider a running tattoo too. Lassley had the Kaua’i Marathon logo tattooed by a local artist in Kaua’i. Here’s a detailed view:

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The Kaua’i Marathon logo as body art. (Photo: RunKarlaRun.com)

The Kaua’i Marathon may have special meaning to Lassley, but the logo also has some hidden meaning of its own. To the untrained eye, it’s just a runner inside a flower. But that flower is a hibiscus, the state flower of Hawai’i. Its classic five petals are delineated by the body of a runner.

But that’s not all. The flower is actually in the shape of Kaua’i Island itself. Many thanks to Bart Yasso who pointed that out as a group of us admired Lassley’s tattoo. Here’s a side by side comparison:

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The Kaua’i Marathon logo and Kaua’i Island. (Map: U.S. Geological Survey)

Pretty clever, right?

I had a chance to chat with Lassley after the Kaua’i Marathon Fun Run on August 31, the day before the main event. Here’s what she had to say about the race:

After running the Kaua’i Half Marathon on September 1, I can see why the Kaua’i Marathon is her favorite race.

I’d love to know: Would you get a running tattoo? If so, what would it be? Or maybe you already have one?

The Hawai’i Visitors and Convention Bureau sponsored my trip to Hawai’i including airfare and rental car. The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa provided me with complimentary hotel and race entries for the Kaua’i Half Marathon. But as always, all opinions are purely my own.

Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


09 2013

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  1. 1

    I can’t get a tattoo. It’s too painful. I have a low pain threshold.

    I love, love, love the Kaua’i Marathon logo. It’s beautiful, extraordinarily well-designed, and clever. Whoever the graphic designer(s) was/were did an incredible job.
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  2. Lisa #

    I do have one: it’s a runDisney one. It’s the silhouette of Mickey Mouse running.

  3. Mark #

    I will definitely get running tattoos. Running has helped me deal with a lot of bad times in the last 3 years of my life, and it means so much to me that I want a permanent reminder of what it has helped me achieve.

    When I’ve got the design together I’ll get “13.1” on one ankle and “26.2” on the other with some sort of design around it. I’m just lacking in inspiration for what the design should be, plus the cash to get it done!

  4. 7

    I have a winged foot tattooed on my ankle. I promised myself I would get it if I got All-American in College…and I did- so I have had the tattoo since 2007
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  5. 9

    That’s a pretty cool logo and tattoo. I have a friend who’s done an Ironman & she has a small IM tattoo. I’d only ever get one if I finished an IM or ran in the Olympics – both unlikely! If I did, it would be in blue ink (much easier to remove than coloured inks).
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  6. 11

    I have been thinking about getting a running-related tattoo for a bit. The thought of the pain has stopped me so far, but we’ll see what happens!
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  7. 13

    I actually kind of have one…although it isn’t necessarily “my favorite race” themed. The Disney Princess Half Marathon was my first race, half marathon, anything. I trained for it for almost a year (had to train to run 30 minutes straight first). It was an epic achievement for me, so I had decided if/when I crossed the finish line, I would get a tattoo to “mark the occasion.” I now have Tinkerbell running while wearing pair of sneakers on my back. I can’t believe admitted that in the blog world! lol

  8. 17

    That is such a great logo! I’m not really a tattoo kinda person, it would really have to be something significant for me to consider getting one…
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    • Karla Bruning

      I don’t have any tattoos, but I really do appreciate beautiful ones when I see them. This is one of my faves I’ve ever seen.
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    • 19

      Totally agreed. There really isn’t anything I can think of that I’d want to tattoo on myself. Not opposed to tattoos in general, just that they’re not for me. That said, that is an awesome logo and works really well as a tattoo.
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