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* ''The Race'' by Creator/CliveCussler and Creator/JustinScott involves a cross-country airplane race in 1909. The series' main character, Isaac Bell, is assigned to protect the favorite to win from her estranged husband. [[spoiler:However, there is more to this than meets the eye.]]


** ''Film/TheGumballRally'' came out shortly after ''Cannonball'', starring Michael Sarazin and Creator/RaulJulia.
** ''Film/TheCannonballRun'' was more directly based on the Cannonball, being written by the race's actual organizer. A sequel, ''Cannoball Run II'', followed a few years later with ''Speed Zone'', a semi-official sequel, coming a few years after that.

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** ''Film/TheGumballRally'' came out shortly after ''Cannonball'', starring Michael Sarazin Sarrazin and Creator/RaulJulia.
** ''Film/TheCannonballRun'' was more directly based on the Cannonball, being written by the race's actual organizer. A sequel, ''Cannoball ''Cannonball Run II'', followed a few years later with ''Speed Zone'', a semi-official sequel, coming a few years after that.


* * ''WesternAnimation/ObanStarRacers'': The show's premise.

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* * ''WesternAnimation/ObanStarRacers'': The show's premise.


* ''WesternAnimation/ObanStarRacers''


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* * ''WesternAnimation/ObanStarRacers'': The show's premise.


* ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit''
* Many directly inspired by real races:
** ''Cannonball''
** ''Film/TheCannonballRun'' and its sequel.
*** ''Speed Zone'', a semi-official sequel.
** ''Film/TheGreatRace'' (inspired by the 1908 New York to Paris race)
** ''Film/TheGumballRally''
* ''Film/MidnightMadness''

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* ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit''
''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit'' has Creator/BurtReynolds as a bootlegger who attempts to deliver a tractor trailer full of beer to a millionaire in a limited amount of time. Along the way, he has to match wits with an overenthusiastic sheriff.
* Many directly ''Film/TheGreatRace'', inspired by real races:
the 1908 New York to Paris race, has the protagonist and his arch rival competing in custom cars.
* A few inspired by the Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash:
** ''Cannonball''
''Cannonball'', the first of the films to come out, starring Creator/DavidCarradine. This is also the only film inspired by the Cannonball not billed as a comedy.
** ''Film/TheGumballRally'' came out shortly after ''Cannonball'', starring Michael Sarazin and Creator/RaulJulia.
** ''Film/TheCannonballRun'' and its sequel.
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was more directly based on the Cannonball, being written by the race's actual organizer. A sequel, ''Cannoball Run II'', followed a few years later with ''Speed Zone'', a semi-official sequel.
** ''Film/TheGreatRace'' (inspired by the 1908 New York to Paris race)
** ''Film/TheGumballRally''
sequel, coming a few years after that.
* ''Film/MidnightMadness''''Film/MidnightMadness'' features five teams of college students taking part in am all-night puzzle hunt in Los Angeles.



* ''Series/{{Drive}}''

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* ''Series/{{Drive}}''''Series/{{Drive}}'' depicted a cross-country road race with some rather shady organizers. Unfortunately, only [[CutShort six episodes were produced]] and the entrants only got as far as Cleveland (starting from Florida).



* ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeed: The Run.''

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* ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeed: The Run.''Run'' has the protagonist competing in a race across the country to settle a debt with the mob.


* The 1925 serum run to Nome, also known as the "Great Race of Mercy," was not a race against other competitors, but a race against nature itself -- twenty mushers and over a hundred and fifty dogs undertook a 674-mile journey in blizzard conditions to save Nome, Alaska from a diphtheria epidemic after aircraft proved unusable. The serum arrived in five and a half days, a feat that has never been duplicated. The Iditarod, mentioned above, is in part a commemoration of this last great hurrah and CrowningMomentOfAwesome of dog-sledding.

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* The 1925 serum run to Nome, also known as the "Great Race of Mercy," was not a race against other competitors, but a race against nature itself -- twenty mushers and over a hundred and fifty dogs undertook a 674-mile journey in blizzard conditions to save Nome, Alaska from a diphtheria epidemic after aircraft proved unusable. The serum arrived in five and a half days, a feat that has never been duplicated. The Iditarod, mentioned above, is in part a commemoration of this last great hurrah and CrowningMomentOfAwesome SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome of dog-sledding.


* Stephen King, writing as Richard Bachman -- ''The Long Walk''. It's a foot race run by 100 teenage boys, the so-called "walkers", with the following rules: if you drop below 4 miles an hour, you get a warning. Receiving 3 warnings in quick succession gets you killed. And as a final touch, it has no finish -- it lasts until there's only one surviving walker. It's written by Stephen King -- were you expecting a happy ending?

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* Stephen King, Creator/StephenKing, writing as Richard Bachman -- ''The Long Walk''.''Literature/TheLongWalk''. It's a foot race run by 100 teenage boys, the so-called "walkers", with the following rules: if you drop below 4 miles an hour, you get a warning. Receiving 3 warnings in quick succession gets you killed. And as a final touch, it has no finish -- it lasts until there's only one surviving walker. It's written by Stephen King -- were you expecting a happy ending?

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** ''WesternAnimation/RaceForYourLifeCharlieBrown'' involves the kids in a whitewater-rafting race that spans a couple days and nights.

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* ''WesternAnimation/WhatANightmareCharlieBrown'' has Snoopy dreaming he's an Arctic sled dog in a long-distance mush race.

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* ''Bite the Bullet''


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* ''Fanfic/EarthAndSky'': Twilight Sparkle ends up testing her experimental flying harness against the Flim-Flam Brothers (AKA Professor Destiny and Doctor Insanity) and their rocket-powered flying rig in the Grand Pegathalon, an epic flying race that goes all around Equestria's borders. As the first non-pegasus entrants in the Pegathalon, they end up opening the gates for flying species from across Equestria and beyond (including griffins, a ''qilin'', and even [[{{Pun}} a winged buffalo]]) to compete.
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* The ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' [[TheMovie film]], ''WesternAnimation/TheChipmunkAdventure'', had this as their main plot. The Chipmunks and the Chipettes had to race around the world in hot air balloons, dropping off and collecting dolls.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' [[TheMovie film]], ''WesternAnimation/TheChipmunkAdventure'', had this as their main plot. The Chipmunks and the Chipettes had to race around the world in hot air balloons, dropping off and collecting dolls. Unbeknownst to both parties, they're being used as {{Unwitting Pawn}}s in a gem-smuggling ring.


* Sega's ''Rad Mobile'' is the first-person ''Outrun''/''Rad Racers'' inspired game that invoke racing across multiple locations from western to eastern United States of America.

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* Sega's ''Rad Mobile'' ''VideoGame/RadMobile'' is the first-person ''Outrun''/''Rad Racers'' inspired game that invoke racing across multiple locations from western to eastern United States of America.

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** And the Paris-to-Monte Carlo race in the third film.


** Also, parodies such as [[http://www.24hoursoflemons.com/ The 24 Hours of LeMons,]] where each car must cost $500 or less (including both purchase cost and cost of any repairs/enhancements! [[note]]and cooking the books isn't a great idea because the [[MyRuleFuIsStrongerThanYours administration can choose to buy your car for $500.]][[/note]]

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** Also, parodies such as [[http://www.24hoursoflemons.com/ The 24 Hours of LeMons,]] where each car must cost $500 or less (including less, including both purchase cost and cost of any repairs/enhancements! [[note]]and cooking [[note]]Cooking the books isn't a great idea because the [[MyRuleFuIsStrongerThanYours administration can choose to buy your car for $500.]][[/note]]


A [[{{Plots}} stock plot]]: the characters have to proceed from a starting line to a finishing line under some set of rules over the course of an extended period of time - often several days. This could be by car, by horse, by foot, or by any means necessary. Expect {{Badass}}es of [[BadassDriver whatever]] [[ImprobablePilotingSkills types]] [[BadassBiker are]] [[{{Determinator}} appropriate]].

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A [[{{Plots}} stock plot]]: the characters have to proceed from a starting line to a finishing line under some set of rules over the course of an extended period of time - often several days. This could be by car, by horse, by foot, or by any means necessary. Expect {{Badass}}es badasses of [[BadassDriver whatever]] [[ImprobablePilotingSkills types]] [[BadassBiker are]] [[{{Determinator}} appropriate]].

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