ⓘ List of forms of racing. 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 ..


ⓘ List of forms of racing

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. 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.

  • Running
  • Trail running
  • Tower running
  • Road running
  • Fell running
  • Track running in track and field
  • Cross country running

1. Orienteering

Orienteering sports combine navigation with a specific method of travel.

  • Radio orienteering, combines radio direction finding with orienteering skills. Other variations are Fox Oring and Radio Orienteering in a Compact Area.
  • Mountain bike orienteering
  • Rogaining, cross-country navigation between checkpoints in free order within a time frame.
  • Mountain marathon, mountain navigation while running off road over upland country.
  • Foot orienteering, navigation using a map and compass while running across unfamiliar terrain along a course with control points.
  • Ski orienteering
  • Mounted orienteering
  • Car orienteering
  • Canoe orienteering
  • Trail orienteering
  • SportLabyrinth - micro orienteering

2. Cycling

Bicycle racing:

  • Track cycling, such as a Points race
  • Mountain biking, where a bicycle is ridden off-road
  • Mountain bike orienteering, navigation along off-road trails and tracks
  • Road bicycle racing, such as the Tour de France
  • BMX Bicycle Motocross

3. Winter racing

  • Skiing
  • Alpine skiing such as Slalom skiing, Downhill skiing, Giant slalom skiing, Super Giant Slalom skiing and Speed skiing
  • Ski-orienteering, that combines cross-country skiing and orienteering
  • Biathlon, that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Skating
  • Speed skating
  • Snowboarding
  • Luge
  • Sledding
  • Kicksled
  • Bobsleigh
  • Skeleton

4. Animal racing

Animal racing:

  • Buffalo racing in Kerala
  • Bull racing in Madura
  • Bull racing or Buffalo racing
  • Greyhound racing
  • Flat racing
  • Steeplechase
  • Thoroughbred horse races, such as Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing or a Derby.
  • Chariot racing
  • Horse racing, see also United Kingdom horse-racing and Equestrianism
  • Trotting
  • Camel racing
  • Pig racing
  • Ostrich racing
  • Kambala
  • Lobster Racing
  • Pigeon racing
  • Sled dog racing, such as the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
  • Karapan sapi
  • Skijoring
  • Zebra Racing
  • Turtle Racing
  • Snail racing

5. Motor racing

  • All-terrain vehicle
  • Drag racing
  • Midget car racing
  • Board track racing
  • Dirt track racing
  • Auto racing also known as automobile racing or autosport
  • Sprint car racing
  • Open wheel racing
  • Ice racing
  • Formula racing
  • Offroad racing
  • Pickup truck racing
  • Road racing
  • Production car racing
  • Touring car racing
  • Rally racing
  • Sports car racing
  • Rallycross
  • Truck racing
  • Stock car racing
  • Motorcycle racing
  • Track racing
  • Grand Prix motorcycle racing
  • Flat Track
  • Speedway
  • Grasstrack aka Long Track
  • Superbike racing
  • Lawnmower racing
  • Kart racing
  • Pocketbike racing
  • Production Bike Racing
  • Motocross
  • Beachcross
  • Supercross
  • Supermoto aka Supermotard
  • Offshore powerboat racing
  • Jet sprint boat racing
  • Motorboat racing
  • Snowmobile racing
  • Hydroplane racing
  • Model racing
  • Radio-controlled model racing
  • Slot car racing


6. Boat racing

  • Canoe racing
  • Canoe orienteering
  • Jet sprint boat racing
  • Hydroplane racing
  • Rowing
  • Offshore powerboat racing
  • Outrigger Canoe racing
  • Drag boat racing
  • Sailing
  • Yacht racing
  • Dragon boat racing


7. Other types

Some races involve multiple modes of transport:

  • Marble Racing
  • Surf lifesaving
  • Kinetic sculpture racing
  • Adventure racing

Other races may involve board or video games:

  • Racing video game
  • Race game
  • Speedrun
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