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Brooks Wants To Create The Perfect Runner Emoji

Don’t lie—switching over to that emoji keyboard is something you do daily, whether you admit it or not. And as you’ve probably noticed, there’s only one kind-of runner emoji—and it doesn’t have a female option, nor does it have the person wearing actual running clothes. Texting/Instagram/Twitter fail.

Brooks Running wants to change that. In their continued quest to help everyone run happy and “represent the truth and joy of running,” they created a March Madness-esque bracket—an Emoji Madness, if you will—to track votes for the winning choice on their blog. (Because let’s face it—most of our real MM brackets are busted already. [Insert poop emoji.])

Runners can participate on Twitter for their favorite pick starting on Saturday in an “elite 8” type round of voting. Once the final voting is done, yes—Brooks will be requesting that the first-place emoji be added to keyboards everywhere.

So whether you’re sulking about your real brackets, pissed off while typing a #runchat tweet without an accurate symbol to use or just want to participate in a cheesy, creative and definitely fun contest, cast your vote starting on this weekend!

Even if you don’t, we all know that the winner will be the most-clicked emoji when posting those #runspiration pictures.

Team WR

Team WR

Team WR represents the Women's Running staff and community behind the magazine and The team was created in July 2014 when Women's Running underwent its first re-design since it debuted in 2009. Collectively, Team WR has run everything, from marathon, to half, to novelty runs, to ultras, to 10K and 5K races, to obstacle events, to triathlons.