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.

The ancestors of mankind developed the ability to run for long distances about four and a half million years ago, probably in order to hunt animals. Competitive running grew out of religious festivals in various areas. Records of competitive racing date back to the Tailteann Games in Ireland in 1829 BCE, while the first recorded Olympic Games took place in 776 BCE.

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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 ...
1930 Indianapolis 500 - Results
1 4 ... Billy Arnold 113.268 198 ... Running 16 ... Shorty Cantlon 109.810 0 ... Running 23 ... Louis Schneider 106.107 0 ... Running 1 ... Louis Meyer 111.290 2 ... Running 6 ... Bill Cummings 106.173 200. 0 ... 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 ...
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 ...
1932 Indianapolis 500 - Race Summary - Results
... Finish Start 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 16 ...
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 ...

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