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

Definition of footrace

: a race run by humans on foot

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For the second time this summer, UAA running star Caroline Kurgat claimed the overall victory at an Anchorage footrace. Anchorage Daily News, "Caroline Kurgat blazes to 10K victory in Alaska Distance Classic," 4 Aug. 2019 Also on his weekend schedule were a hospital fund-raiser and a footrace benefitting an organization called Hope for Depression. Bob Morris, The New Yorker, "How Old Are You, Mr. Mayor?," 19 Aug. 2019 One of the oldest footraces in the country, Mount Marathon — a 3-mile race in which runners go up and down the 3,022-foot peak near downtown Seward — began in 1915 and has been held in all but 13 years since then. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Wildfire smoke won’t stop Mount Marathon, race organizers say," 29 June 2019 But now instead of civil war, Redmond was head of the Parliamentary party, and the political leaders of Ulster’s Unionists were put into a recruiting-drive footrace to prove their bona fides to a government that would later settle their differences. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Off The Shelf: The Wrong Dubliner?," 5 July 2019 Among them are a terrific pair of life-size young athletes poised to begin a footrace; two columnar water nymphs identified as the work of Stephanos, a Greek sculptor in Rome; and a leaping month-old piglet, poised on rear hooves. Christopher Knight,, "Review: Getty Villa’s ‘Buried by Vesuvius’ is exquisite and, at times, explicit," 3 July 2019 Later, in the 72nd minute, Sjöberg slid in to win the ball after a footrace with New Mexico’s Kevaughn Frater. Mark Goodman, The Denver Post, "Backpass: Colorado Rapids were exposed in the US Open Cup. What can MLS teams learn from this?," 15 June 2019 Every Independence Day, thousands of Alaskans make their way down the Seward Highway to see one of the most epic footraces of the year, Mount Marathon. Yoshina Okamoto, Anchorage Daily News, "Fireworks and festivals: Here’s what’s happening across Alaska for Fourth of July, 2018," 29 June 2018 Bay to Breakers San Francisco’s zany, costumed 12k footrace traversing The City beginning by the bay and ending at Ocean Beach with live music on the course and a finish line festival as well as the Origin3n Health & Wellness Expo. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Memorial Day and other events listings," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of footrace

1592, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of footrace

: a running race

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