Since all sorts of animals appeared from every corner of the earth to take part in the race, heralders, in a common language, kept the newcomers informed of the rules. One rule established that once the race began, there was to be no stopping. All the racers must keep running, while the sun rose and set, one hundred times around the course. There were many guideposts, and the racers must run on the outer side of the markers. Stopping for food or water was at the runner’s own peril. When the sun had risen and set for the one hundredth time, the judges would choose the winners.

As the day drew near for the big race, the land was covered with a seething mass of animals. There was great excitement, the racers all eager and impatient to be off and away. All were determined to be winners.

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