Running is a method of terrestrial locomotion allowing humans and other animals to move front running on foot. It is assumed that the ancestors of humankind developed the ability to run for long distances about 2. 6 million years ago, probably in order to hunt animals.
Competitive running grew out of religious festivals in various areas. It is thought that human running evolved at least four and a half million years ago out of the ability of the ape-like Australopithecus, an early ancestor of humans, to walk upright on two legs. Competitive running grew out of religious festivals in various areas such as Greece, Egypt, Asia, and the East African Rift in Africa. The Tailteann Games, an Irish sporting festival in honor of the goddess Tailtiu, dates back to 1829 BCE, and is one of the earliest records of competitive running.