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We say "let's have a running race" to see who runs the fastest.

Now, we want to see who jumps the highest or spins the fastest.

Is it correct to say "let's have a jumping/spinning race" or "let's have a jumping/spinning competition"?

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According to the Cambridge Dictionary, a race is

a competition in which all the competitors try to be the fastest and to finish first

... so I don't think it's reasonable to call it a race, if it's about who jumps highest or who spins fastest.

If there is just one single activity, you would call it a competition. If it is one of several activities that form part of a larger competition, you would call it an event.

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  • then, what should we call it? "competition" how do native speakers express it in everyday English?
    – Tom
    Feb 13, 2021 at 8:46
  • @Tom I have updated my answer.
    – JavaLatte
    Feb 13, 2021 at 8:57
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    Contest is another possibility. Feb 13, 2021 at 9:30
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    Agree, but little children may well call it a "race", and adults are not likely to have a spinning competition. Or children might say "let spin round and round and see who can spin fastest".
    – James K
    Feb 13, 2021 at 9:30

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