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Foot Races

Foot Race

Indians enjoyed running, and it kept them fast for hunting. They competed against other villages.

  1. On the day of the race, half of the runners went to each end of the track. They ran in relays, handing off a willow stick to waiting runners.
  2. The two sides raced back and forth until a team was so far ahead the other team could not catch up or until a team admitted they were too tired to run anymore.

NOTE: A Mandan race track was three miles long, which they ran over three times!