What is running?

  • (noun): The act of participating in an athletic competition involving running on a track.
    Synonyms: track
    See also — Additional definitions below


Running is a means of terrestrial locomotion allowing humans and other animals to move rapidly on foot. It is simply defined in athletics terms as a gait in which at regular points during the running cycle both feet are off the ground. This is in contrast to walking, where one foot is always in contact with the ground, the legs are kept mostly straight and the center of gravity vaults over the legs in an inverted pendulum fashion. A characteristic feature of a running body from the viewpoint of spring-mass mechanics is that changes in kinetic and potential energy within a stride occur simultaneously, with energy storage accomplished by springy tendons and passive muscle elasticity. The term running can refer to any of a variety of speeds ranging from jogging to sprinting.

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Some articles on running:

Running Events - Events By Distance
... Sprints Sprints are short running events in athletics and track and field ... Races over short distances are among the oldest running competitions ... Athletes remain in the same lane on the running track throughout all sprinting events, with the sole exception of the 400 m indoors ...
1932 Indianapolis 500 - Race Summary - Results
... No Name Qual Rank Laps Led Status 34 ... Fred Frame 113.856 58 ... Running 6 ... Howdy Wilcox II 113.468 1 ... Running 22 ... Cliff Bergere 111.503 0 ... Running 4 14 ...
Three Card Brag - Hand Ranks
... The hand rankings, from best to worst, are three of a kind ("prial"), straight flush ("running flush"), straight ("run"), flush, pair, high card ... The best running flush or run is A-2-3, A-K-Q, followed by the usual order of K-Q-J,etc ... Prials and running flushes are extremely rare (the odds of a dealt prial are 425-to-1 and the odds of a dealt running flush are approx ...
1930 Indianapolis 500 - Results
... Qual Rank Laps Led Status 4 ... Billy Arnold 113.268 198 ... Running 16 ... Shorty Cantlon 109.810 0 ... Running 23 ... Louis Schneider 106.107 0 ... Running 2. 1 ... Corum 94.130 0 ... Running 38 ... Claude Burton 95.087 0 ... Flagged 42 ... Letterio Cucinotta 91.584 0 ... Flagged 41 ... Chet Miller 97.360 0 ... Flagged 46 ... Harry Butcher 87.003 127. 0 ...
You Keep Running Away
... "You Keep Running Away" is a Holland-Dozier-Holland composition originally recorded in 1967 by the Four Tops ... "You Keep Running Away" went to number seven on the R B charts and number nineteen on the Hot 100 ...

More definitions of "running":

  • (noun): The act of running; traveling on foot at a fast pace.
    Synonyms: run
  • (adj): Of advancing the ball by running.
    Example: "The team's running plays worked better than its pass plays"
  • (adj): Measured lengthwise.
    Example: "Cost of lumber per running foot"
    Synonyms: linear
  • (adj): Moving quickly on foot.
    Example: "Heard running footsteps behind him"
  • (adj): (of fluids) moving or issuing in a stream.
    Example: "A mountain stream with freely running water"; "hovels without running water"
  • (adj): Continually repeated over a period of time.
    Example: "A running joke among us"
  • (noun): (American football) a play in which a player runs with the ball.
    Example: "The coach put great emphasis on running"
    Synonyms: run, running play, running game
  • (noun): The act of administering or being in charge of something.
    Example: "He has responsibility for the running of two companies at the same time"
  • (noun): The state of being in operation.
    Example: "The engine is running smoothly"
  • (adj): Executed or initiated by running.
    Example: "Running plays worked better than pass plays"; "took a running jump"; "a running start"
  • (adj): (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing.
    Example: "In running (or working) order"
    Synonyms: operative, functional, working

Famous quotes containing the word running:

    ... with dozens of as yet
    Unrealized projects, and a strict sense
    Of time running out, of evening presenting
    The tactfully folded-over bill?
    John Ashbery (b. 1927)

    A young person is a person with nothing to learn
    One who already knows that ice does not chill and fire does not burn . . .
    It knows it can spend six hours in the sun on its first
    day at the beach without ending up a skinless beet,
    And it knows it can walk barefoot through the barn
    without running a nail in its feet. . . .
    Meanwhile psychologists grow rich
    Writing that the young are ones’ should not
    undermine the self-confidence of which.
    Ogden Nash (1902–1971)

    Even in harmonious families there is this double life: the group life, which is the one we can observe in our neighbour’s household, and, underneath, another—secret and passionate and intense—which is the real life that stamps the faces and gives character to the voices of our friends. Always in his mind each member of these social units is escaping, running away, trying to break the net which circumstances and his own affections have woven about him.
    Willa Cather (1873–1947)