foot·race | \ˈfu̇t-ˌrās \

Definition of footrace 

: a race run by humans on foot

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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 England tries a quick counter, but Subasic wins a footrace with Rashford. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Croatia Digs Deeper, Burying England’s World Cup Dreams," 12 July 2018 Following a battery of tests, my eventual diagnosis was exertional rhabdomyolysis, or severe muscle damage that often occurs in high-impact activities like car crashes or football tackles, not footraces. Holly Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "It’s gonna be a hot Mount Marathon, so racers be warned and spectators stand by — preferably with ice," 3 July 2018 In 2015, Ashprihanal Aalto, a postal service worker from Finland, needed a mere 40 days, nine hours, six minutes, and 21 seconds to complete what is billed as the world’s longest footrace. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "The Ultrarunning Hall of Fame," 29 June 2018 Participants using the Buckhead station will also have a more difficult time getting to the start area once the wheelchair and footraces begin. Matt Sabath, ajc, "What You Need to Know Before Running the AJC Peachtree Road Race," 28 June 2018 More than 500 women will celebrate the centennial Saturday of a running revolution with a tough — and historic — footrace in Marin. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, "Marking 100 years since women held their 1st Dipsea race," 21 Apr. 2018 The annual Alaska Run for Women is Saturday, a footrace that is one part competition, one part fundraiser, and one hundred percent female. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Warrior moms will help the Alaska Run for Women continue the fight against breast cancer," 8 June 2018 There are footraces that cross deserts, traverse tall mountains and even go greater distances than Barkley's 100 or 130 or so miles. David G. Allan, CNN, "The infamous murderer's prison escape that inspired a near-impossible ultramarathon," 26 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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