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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"

Vj says
July 27, 2015 @ 02:28


xavier says
August 18, 2015 @ 15:17

you will take the second place

Manny says
November 9, 2015 @ 20:52

It depends on which direction you’re running.

The Sphinx says
December 18, 2015 @ 20:08


Ooh, yeah. If you are running in the opposite direction, you would be third place. This is tricky to some people, but if you pass the second place, YOU TAKE HIS PLACE.

xxxCATxxx says
November 20, 2016 @ 20:34


My mom thought the same lol

@Rly@ says
November 25, 2016 @ 16:17

If you are running in the opposite direction, you are NOT in the race. Listen to the question CAREFULLY and stop trying to be smarter than you are.

Jose says
December 6, 2016 @ 01:51

There’s so many things wrong with this riddle.

Misinformation can take place because of wordplay and context usage.

For example, one can interpret that because the person who’s in second place, is in “2nd Place” as a state of ‘finishing’ the race, the person coming to ‘pass the persong in 2nd Place’ would actually be 3rd place.

The supposed answer that is generally mistaken but can also be correct, is becoming 1st place in the context of “passing 2nd place.” When you pass the person in second place, the call to question is his place of becoming second. You can become 1st if and only if the person in second place is second because of you passing him. Meaning, his state of 2nd place is because of you being the only person to pass him to become 1st.

Then the ‘official’ answer of becoming 2nd, due to little context of time placement. You become 2nd, when the person in place of 2nd is being stripped from his place when there’s another runner(someone placing 1st) ahead.

This is a really dumb riddle, but its just my opinion.

BigAce says
December 20, 2016 @ 11:48

For folk saying the answer is 2nd place. What happens if it is a Two man race? Why does one assume there is more than two participants? The only way to qualify there was more than two participants it would cause for the question to include the words WHO WAS, ex. If you were running in a race and pass the person WHO WAS in Second place (which determines they are now even lower than second place), what position are you in? If the words WHO WAS are not included the person is IN second place once you’ve passed him leaving you IN first place. ?????? With illustrations, if the Person in first place only passed one person, who did he pass?? Did he pass the guy IN 3rd place or the guy IN 2nd place?? The answer would be the person IN 2nd place. So by passing the Person IN 2nd place that left the guy doing the passing IN 1st place. You’re Welcome.

Dan says
December 21, 2016 @ 08:55

You couldn’t pass the person in second place if there were only two participants.

Rome says
January 23, 2017 @ 13:14

The question is like this….”if u are passing the 2nd…” – that means there is someone on the first place. And that means also there are 2 persons already. And the question started like this…”if u are in running in a race” –>that makes it 3 persons already. So the argument of having only 2 persons is totally WRONG!!! BigAce…U R absolutely wrong!?

Jawsqaure says
December 7, 2017 @ 07:53

Its second place

anthony horton says
December 15, 2017 @ 19:55

I’ve been doing a trick-question quiz today and assumed the answer was second. Now it seems that people assume otherwise. Even my daft sister thought the same as I.
There is no trick.

Cool emoji girl says
January 26, 2018 @ 11:58

I got the right answer to this question ~ it is second place

Mufaro says
September 29, 2018 @ 13:57

This teaser is messing with our brains, nice one

fallenangel197 says
October 2, 2018 @ 17:54

I was doing this and not thinking straight and answered 1st really quickly. Then I smacked myself in the face and said WOWWWWW and realized he is in 2nd lol ?

Wasim luiz says
November 15, 2018 @ 17:46

See it is very simple ,see if u overcome the person in the second place clearly there should be atleast 3 participants .when u overcome the 2nd person u r urself reaching to 2nd position because u overtake the 2nd ,many of us said 1 ,no man if u supposed to be in position 1 u have overcome the runner in the 1st position,ty .hope its helpful to u looking for.

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