foot·​race ˈfu̇t-ˌrās How to pronounce footrace (audio)
: a race run by humans on foot

Examples of footrace in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The defensive back won a footrace with Moore to the end zone, the 88-yard interception return for a touchdown giving the Cougars a 10-9 advantage with seven seconds left before halftime. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 8 Oct. 2023 Since earlier this month, there had been something of a footrace in space, with India and Russia vying to be the first country to land a spacecraft in the moon’s south polar region. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 23 Aug. 2023 Mount Marathon, the annual footrace up and back down the steep and rocky slopes, will take place Tuesday, July 4. Anchorage Daily News, 29 May 2023 The final 100-yards of the mile were a footrace between Sainsbury and Gorze. Nikstreng, oregonlive, 29 Apr. 2023 Then Howard rocketed through a hole and beat a slew of Longhorns in a sideline footrace for a go-ahead 71-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter, leading Sarkisian to pull some players due to lack of effort. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Nov. 2021 Her vision for the race, alongside an enormous team of staff and volunteers, is to orchestrate an event that’s more than a footrace, but something of an alternate reality. Nicholas Triolo, Outside Online, 21 Mar. 2023 Astoria fares better than many other coastal towns in the off-season, buoyed by big events like the Great Columbia Crossing footrace in October, the Festival of Dark Arts and FisherPoets Gathering in February, and the Seafood & Wine Festival in April. oregonlive, 19 Sep. 2020 Kaycee and Troy | Credit: Jonne Roriz/Paramount+ As Danny and Tori finally finish their bike ride and start on the footrace, Jordan and Kaz reach a checkpoint with a slider puzzle. Sydney Bucksbaum,, 17 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1592, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of footrace was in 1592

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“Footrace.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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foot·​race -ˌrās How to pronounce footrace (audio)
: a race run on foot

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