a race run by contestants on foot.

1655–65; foot + race1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Imagine a footrace in which the runner's feet moved in opposing directions.
It has been run consistently since then, and is the world's longest consecutively-run footrace.
It's not for nothing that scientists are in such a footrace to get the human genome mapped.
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