race for

race for (something)

1. To compete (against someone) in a trial of speed or time in order to win some prize or reward. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "race" and "against" to specify what or whom one is racing. A: "I want that toy!" B: "I'll race you for it!" The two biker gangs are racing for control of this area.
2. To move, run, drive, etc., in a very hurried or frantic manner in order to reach or get to some place. As soon as we pulled into the garage, Tommy jumped out of the car and raced for the bathroom. I raced for the telephone the moment it rang.
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race someone for something

to compete against someone for a prize; to try to outrun someone to get to something first. I will race you for the grand prize. Ned raced his sister for the breakfast table every morning.
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race for something

to run or drive fast to get to something in a hurry. I raced for the door to see who was there. The children raced for the best seats in front of the television set.
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References in classic literature ?
There were several races fixed for that day: the Mounted Guards' race, then the officers' mile-and-a-half race, then the three-mile race, and then the race for which he was entered.
We have more than the rights of common men;--we have the claim of an injured race for reparation.
At the same time, one would likely want to choose a race for which the chances are good that that the day of the race will not be an overwhelmingly hot one.