vermontsuntriathlonseries.com is an online community for runners of all stripes and types who enjoy casual running. We may be casual, but we do take our running seriously. In this short article, we will focus primarily on the famous chase scenes from the movies, but also – what connection there is between running and different games of chance.

Famous Run Scenes

  • Forrest Gump, 1994. Three years, two months, 14 dayThe chase scene from Forrest Grump is the most famouss and 16 hours is the length of Forrest Gump’s run in one of the most iconic scenes of the film. Literally running from his past across America, Forrest (Tom Hanks) amasses a crowd of followers and national media interest in this simple and powerful portrayal of the catharsis of running.
  • Casino Royale, 2006. As far as chase scenes go, few can match the parkour-inspired getaway attempt by a villain with James Bond (Daniel Craig) in hot pursuit at the start of this “007” thriller. The chase runs through a construction site, up ladders, across steel girders, along a large crane platform several stories off the ground etc.

Strange Connection – Running and Gambling

While the history of betting on sports is ancient indeed, humans being betted on isn’t tall that old. In fact, the oldest bets were placed on animals. Horse racing is an equestrian performance sport, typically involving two or more horses ridden by jockeys or driven over a set distance for competition. It is one of the most ancient of all sports and its basic premise – to identify which of two or more horses is the fasteRunning, sport and gambling, all in onest over a set course or distance – has remained unchanged since the earliest times.

However, over time, the focus has shifted, and we got dog racing. Greyhound racing is an organized, competitive sport in which greyhound dogs are raced around a track. There are two forms of greyhound racing, track racing (normally around an oval track) and coursing. Track racing uses an artificial lure, now based on a windsock. Whoever betted on the fastest dog or horse, won.

However, both dogs and horses and their running were just an elaborate form of random number generators. The most famous of these are definitely the dice. A traditional die is a cube, with each of its six faces showing a different number of dots (pips) from 1 to 6. From these simple devices, more elaborate gambling games developed. Dominoes and playing cards originated in China as developments from dice. The transition from dice to playing cards occurred in China around the Tang dynasty, and coincides with the technological transition from rolls of manuscripts to block printed books.

A playing card is a piece of specially prepared heavy paper, thin cardboard, plastic-coated paper, cotton-paper blend, or thin plastic, marked with distinguishing motifs and used as one of a set for playing card games. Playing cards are typically palm-sized for convenient handling, and were first invented in China during the Tang dynasty. Many gambling games use cards, the most typical of which is blackjack.

Blackjack, also known as twenty-one, is a comparing card game between usually several players and a dealer, where each player in turn competes against the dealer, but players do not play against each other. It is played with one or more decks of 52 cards, and is the most widely played casino banking game in the world.

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