Three-legged race

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A three-legged race is a running event involving pairs of participants running with the left leg of one runner strapped to the right leg of another runner.[1] The objective is for the partners to beat the other contestant pairs to the finish line.

The longest distance ever run three-legged in 24 hours is 109.8 km (68.23 miles) and was achieved by Mark Howlett (Ely, Cambs, England) and Rab Lee (Bo'ness, Scotland), at the Glenmore 24 Hour Trail Race, in the Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, on 7–8 September 2013. This is also the longest distance ever run three-legged. Mark Howlett and Rab Lee invented 'The Maverick' technique, where one person leans slightly in front of the other to enable faster running.

The world record for the most pairs in a three-legged race is 649, set in 2013 on the Isle of Man. An August 2014 attempt in Canberra organised by National Rugby League team Canberra Raiders failed; only 543 pairs competed.[2]


  1. ^ "Three-legged race". Cambridge Dictionary. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  2. ^ "Three-legged race world record attempt fails in Canberra". ABC News. 2014-08-12. Retrieved 2018-08-01.

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