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Racing is a competition of speed against an objective criterion, usually a clock or a specific point.  Early records of races are evident on pottery from ancient Greece.
Racing is of many forms.  The most basic form of racing is distance running.  It can be using vehicles, boats or animals.  A relay comprises a four-member team, and take turns in racing part of a circuit.

A race and its name are often associated with the place of origin, the means of transport and the distance of the race.  ‘Athens Marathon’ is an example of such a name.

Auto racing are another form. They say your car goes where your eyes go. The driver who cannot tear his eyes away from the wall as he spins out of control and will meet that wall, but a driver who looks down the track as he feels his tires breaks free will regain control of his vehicle.

The main aim of an individual event is to set the fastest time in a set number of laps or time limit. The finishing order is determined by race time, with the fastest time in first place, second-fastest in second place and so on. There are numerous different categories of auto racing, each with different rules and regulations, such as compulsory pit stops and car regulations, for all cars and drivers to comply. Formula one, NASCAR , Indycar and WEC are some of the world famous auto-racing events.

Horse racing too ranks high in forms of racing. It is a sport that involves two or more jockeys, riding horses over a set distance for competition. It is one of the most ancient of all sports, and its basic premise is to identify which of two or more horses is the fastest over a set course or distance. It has remained unchanged since the earliest times. The Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini is one of the biggest  horse-racing event in the world.

Racing involves sprints.  A sprint finish is a racing tactic where a competitor accelerates towards top speed in the final stage of the race.  This is seen with long distance forms of running and cycling.  It relies on keeping greater energy reserves than your opponent until the end. A runner’s ability to sprint at the end of a race is known as their finishing kick.

Events such as cross-country running and triathlon encourage sprints because its tactics can be applied.  It is also visible in long distance swimming and horse racing.

Mario Andretti once said, “If you have everything under control, you’re not moving fast enough.”

So, if you’re racing always remember that with your determination, mind power , your instincts and experience  you can fly very high.

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