Creative posters, signs urge along NYC marathoners

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 02: A fan holds a sign near the finish of the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon on November 2, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 02: A fan holds a sign near the finish of the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon on November 2, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 02: People hold signs and cheer for runners participating in the TCS New York City Marathon on November 2, 2014 in the Park Slope neighborhood of the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 02: People hold signs and cheer for runners participating in the TCS New York City Marathon on November 2, 2014 in the Park Slope neighborhood of the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 02: People hold signs and cheer for runners participating in the TCS New York City Marathon on November 2, 2014 in the Park Slope neighborhood of the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Hottie with a body Ryan Reynolds ran the New York City Marathon in 2008 to raise money for Parkinson's in honor of his father, who suffered from the disease. (Photo by Andrew Savulich/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
He may be all jokes, but Will Ferrell is also a big runner. He was seen here at the Rock 'n' Roll Los Angeles Halloween 1/2 Marathon in 2012, but he's also finished multiple marathons and been a Runner's World Magazine cover model. (Photo by Paul Redmond/Getty Images)
Weatherman Al Roker was spotted here running the 2011 Rock 'n' Roll Chicago 1/2 marathon, but he's also completed the 2010 New York City Marathon in 7 hours. He ran to get back into shape! (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images)
Meredith Vieira, 60, earned bragging rights over Al Roker by finishing at 5:59:00, approximately one hour and ten minutes faster than her "Today" co-host. (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
He may give people hell in the kitchen, but outside of the workplace Gordon Ramsey is an avid runner. The host hit the pavement at the crosses Flora London Marathon in London. DIGITAL IMAGE Mandatory Credit: Ian Walton/Getty Images

Edward Norton was a runner with a cause! The actor ran the 2009 New York City Marathon to raise money for the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, an organization promoting sustainable development and protecting the Maasai tribe's home and way of life. The speedy star finished in 3:48:01. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

"Price is Right" host Drew Carey picked up running and dropped nearly 70 pounds. He also crossed the finish line of the '2013 Walt Disney World Marathon. (Photo by Ali Nasser/Disney Parks via Getty Images)
"Game of Thrones" star Natalie Dormer, 32, took part in the 2014 London Marathon. (Photo by Inci Gundag/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Model Agyness Deyn, 31, joined other famous Brits at the London Marathon in 2011. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
For Kate Gosselin, having five kids was nothing compared to the 26.2 miles of the Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/WireImage)
Gordon Ramsey isn't the only "Master Chef" marathoner! Tough "Master Chef" judge and chef Joe Bastianich completed a marathon in New York in 2013. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Grana Padano)
Bobby Flay is yet another celeb chef promoting a healthy lifestyle. The Food Network star ran the 2006 New York Marathon. (Photo by Getty Images for Reebok)
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NEW YORK (AP) - Peppering the route where 50,000 runners have pushed through the 26.2 miles that make up the New York City Marathon are hundreds of signs offering advice, wisdom and humor to keep the runners' spirits up and legs moving. Here are a few of the creative posters designed to brighten the grueling run:

- GRUMPY CAT

Brooklyn engineer Alan Alward held a sign featuring a photo of Grumpy, a sour-looking cat, with the caption: "I ran once and now I'm done."

Alward joined a lineup of family and friends hoisting three other signs, one signaling a "High 5 Station" with sketches of hands offering the familiar victory greeting.

Two other signs were in support of a family member and her friend - both 32-year-old women who ran side-by-side dressed alike in orange.

Making the placards on the eve of the marathon brought Alward and his wife together with loved ones "at our dining room table," he said with a grin as he got a close-up view of the run in Brooklyn's Bay Ridge neighborhood.

- TWINKIES FOR CHARLIE

In the windy chill, Kathleen and Will Dehler were smiling and shouting encouragement at the sea of runners.

They held a sign that read: "Twinkies for Charlie. Autism speaks." Each "i'' was dotted with a red heart.

The couple, whose life was devastated by Superstorm Sandy, were particularly on the lookout for their adult daughter. Her run had raised more than $6,000 toward finding solutions for autism.

Her 16-year-old nephew, their grandson Charlie Dehler, is autistic.

Kathleen Dehler's brow furrowed when she mentioned surviving Sandy. But she smiled when explaining the possibilities for autism: "There's so much hope now, and so much support is available than in the past."

-TEAM IN TRAINING

A stand-alone sign tacked to a pillar of a house in Brooklyn urged along runners participating in the marathon to raise money for leukemia and lymphoma research.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's team in training poster riffed on a line from the borough's famed rapper, Jay Z. It read: "TNT Got 99 Problems but HOPE Ain't One,"

The real lyrics to the song aren't publishable in a family newspaper.

There were no friends or family members speaking about the sign, but it was pinned to a pillar with red ribbons blowing in the wind.

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