Riderless Racers at Rome by Théodore Géricault. From the mid-15th century until 1882, spring carnival in Rome closed with a horse race.

List of different forms of racing.


Main article: Running

The finish of a women's 100 m race

Running is defined in sporting terms as a gait in which at some point all feet are off the ground at the same time. This is in contrast to walking, where one foot is always in contact with the ground. The term running can refer to any of a variety of speeds ranging from jogging to sprinting. Competitive running grew out of religious festivals in various areas. The origins of the Olympics are shrouded in myth, though the first recorded game took place in 776 BCE.[1] In Gaelic Ireland the Tailteann Games, which featured footraces, are attested from the 6th century CE; medieval chroniclers gave founding dates as early as 1829 BCE.


Main article: Orienteering

Mountain bike orienteering

Orienteering sports combine navigation with a specific method of travel.


Rock climbing


Start of the 4x100 meters relay in the Watercube, Beijing, August 11, 2008

Board racing


Bicycle racing:

Winter racing

Animal racing

Ostrich racing

Animal racing:

Air racing

Main article: Air racing

Motor racing

Main article: Motor racing

A 2020 Formula One car in pre-season testing.
Personal water craft. Racing scene

Boat racing

Main article: Boat racing

Other types

Some races involve multiple modes of transport:

Other races may involve board or video games:


  1. ^ Spivey, Nigel; Spivey, Nigel Jonathan (2005). The Ancient Olympics - Google Books. ISBN 9780192806048. Retrieved 2010-06-26.