This article is about the athletic event. For the biological and sociological senses of the term, see Race.
RACE (Heb. ōrah, mērôts, Gr. agōn, stadion, most frequently, a foot race). The clearest uses of these words are in 1Cor.9.24; 2Tim.4.7; and Heb.12.1. Other passages may well allude to it (Rom.9.16; Gal.5.7; Phil.2.16). The Greek race was one of a series of highly competitive games. It consisted of:
the goal, a square pillar opposite the entrance to the course, marking the end of the track
the herald, whose duty it was to announce the name and the country of each competitor, as well as the name and family of the victor
the prize, the crown or wreath that was awarded the winner (cf. 1Cor.9.25; 2Tim.2.5)
the judges (2Tim.4.8). The Lord is viewed as the righteous Judge who bestows the wreath on those who have truly run well.