from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A race in which the legs of the contestants are incased in sacks gathered at the top and tied around the body.
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“Here is the prize for the first sack-race,” said Miss Lydia, taking a large parcel from the table where the prizes were laid and giving it to Mrs. Irwine before Bessy came up,
Gram and the girls therefore decided to give up going altogether, but we three boys at length harnessed old Sol into the express wagon and started; for we hoped to see the fireworks in the evening and perhaps the sack-race and wheelbarrow-race which had been set for afternoon.
"This is no sack-race; you can't go out to walk in your bag.