foot·​race | \ ˈfu̇t-ˌrās How to pronounce footrace (audio) \

Definition of footrace

: a race run by humans on foot

Examples of footrace in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The sophomore won the footrace and finished on the breakaway. Cam Kerry,, 15 Dec. 2021 That insignificant little footrace around a park was turned into an unprecedented community street carnival that pulsates with positive energy. Roger Robinson, Outside Online, 30 Oct. 2020 For athletes and millions of sports fans around the world, the Olympic event examined in the documentary was a riveting, 200-meter footrace between the fastest runners of the day, striving to be the best on one October day in Mexico City. Jane Levere, Forbes, 25 Dec. 2021 Who can say, in a year when the planet’s most fabled footrace is being held in the autumn for the first time after an unprecedented hiatus?, 9 Oct. 2021 And Howard rocketed through a hole and beat a slew of Longhorns in a sideline footrace on a go-ahead 71-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Nov. 2021 In a footrace with a defender to the end zone, White shrugged the tackler off with a strong stiff arm and produced some deft footwork to stay in bounds. Seamus Mcavoy,, 23 Oct. 2021 Then there was only open space and a footrace, which Williams won by heaving his body toward the goal line and plunging into the end zone. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 13 Oct. 2021 Organizers of the Boston Marathon publicly apologized for running the 125th edition of the planet’s most celebrated footrace on Indigenous Peoples Day., 27 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of footrace

1592, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jan 2022

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“Footrace.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of footrace

: a running race

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