Passing Second in a Race

If you are running in a race and pass the person in second place, what position are you in?

Second place. If you guessed first place, the person in first place is still there. But I’m sure you’re catching up.

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44 Comments on "Passing Second in a Race"

Jordyn says
November 3, 2020 @ 08:54

HELP IT DID ME ANWSER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Franklin says
January 9, 2021 @ 18:45

@Dan I know right, this is by far the stupidest answer yet.

Jane says
March 5, 2021 @ 23:44

Ok – good to know that I’m not the only one who googled this ! 😜

Nathan says
August 12, 2021 @ 21:38

The “obvious” answer to this question is that when a participant in a race passes the person in second place he or she will displace that individual and take over the second position ,however,this is so only in the absence certain variables which are unique as well as very common in track races. First, in track races it is not at all unusual for participants to be separated by fractions of a second or a fraction of an inch;Second, in track a tie (where two or more runners share the same place) is permissible;and lastly, we must consider the difference in the stride of each runner. This question also has one significant flaw in that it doesn’t tell us the proximity of the runner in 1st place to the runner in second place. These additional track related variables give us three other plausible outcomes which can occur when the second placed runner is passed by another runner: 1)as has been pointed out elsewhere as well as above,the runner who passes him will move to second place regulating him to third place;2)or the runner who passed the second place runner will move into a tie with the 1st place runner in which case the second place runner will remain in second place;3)or finally,the combination of the speed and stride of the runner who passes the second place runner will be enough to compel him into 1st place. The last possibility would assume that all three runners were -though in different positions (1st,2nd and 3rd) were initially separated by only fractions of an inch- a distance which is quite common in track races. In summary, in consideration of the above mentioned variables which are quite common occurrences in track races, the individual who passes the second place runner could end up in second,tied for first place,or in 1st place.

Quiet says
November 13, 2021 @ 22:32

It as to 2 place but so many people say u will 1 place which is wrong

Will says
January 12, 2022 @ 08:38

The person “passing” could be on a bike going in the opposite direction, so he might be in no place because he’s not even in the race.

Mike says
May 20, 2022 @ 18:45

Its 2nd place because if its only 2 people in the race then if u pass the person in 2nd place then that wouldn’t be possible. U would be in 2nd and he wouldn’t. He would be in first. However u may feel, the correct answer is 2nd place because if u pass him u would now be in 2nd because obviously if he is in second then someone must be in front of him. So u can’t pass 2nd and be in first..u would be in 2nd but if u pass the person in first then u would be in first place..hope yall got all that. This is 100 percent accurate!

XxKingJTuckxX says
August 4, 2022 @ 14:53

Since it isn’t specified what place you are in or whether you are “overtaking” or “overlapping”, you could be in first or second.

MickeyMousse says
August 26, 2022 @ 02:34

Nathan, your ability to BS and make nutty statements is impressive. You’d make an outstanding salesman or lawyer.

Arsenalytgg coolboial3rt says
December 5, 2022 @ 15:54

so is this a riddle or a question????????????????

Nathan says
February 11, 2023 @ 11:39

I agree with people above, the wording of this riddle is ignorant. If you pass the person IN 2nd place, then you are saying they are IN second place at the present moment, so therefore you ARE IN FIRST. Past present future, there are no indications of such, therefore you have to Presume that the person IS IN SECOND at this very moment, and you’re winning

Ryan says
February 20, 2023 @ 02:40

If you pass the person in 2nd place, you take 2nd place. It’s a reading comprehension riddle, there isn’t any misinformation. It’s common sense. If you pass up anybody in any place, you take the place they were in. The context of the riddle let’s you know that, because in order for you take 2nd there has to be someone ahead of them for them to be in 2nd place to begin with lol.

TheIdiocyOfTheInternet says
February 21, 2023 @ 00:41

This entire thread epitomizes the inability of people to read and understand.

This thread should have been OVER by the second post dated August 18, 2015.

xavier says
August 18, 2015 @ 15:17

you will take the second place

Done. No further discussion needed, and particularly not all the idiocy that followed. Such as… “What if the race only has two people?” You have to be in 3rd place to pass the person in 2nd and you can’t be 3rd place in a race of only two people.

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