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How to Run a Three-legged Race

Learn the tricks to running a three-legged race – without ending up flat on your face!


  • Step 1: Look for someone who is close to your height with a similar leg length.
  • TIP: If you're right-handed, choose a left-handed partner and vice versa, so you can both utilize your stronger side.
  • Step 2: Stand with your partner and face the same direction with your legs touching.
  • Step 3: Tie the rope or cloth securely around the touching ankles.
  • TIP: If your partner has an opposite dominant side than you, tie your non-dominant legs together.
  • Step 4: Put your arm around your partner’s waist, and have your partner do the same.
  • Step 5: Put your untied leg behind to start the race.
  • Step 6: Run, keeping your legs in sync.
  • Step 7: Cross the finish line and collect your prize!
  • FACT: The largest three-legged race had 80 participating pairs.

You Will Need

  • A partner
  • Rope or pieces of cloth

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