There is a type of competition where you walk or run (or even cycle) two rounds in a predefined course, and the purpose is to use the exact same time in both rounds. You will get a penalty equal to the seconds you are off, and the result list is based on how little/much penalty the competitors have got.

In Norwegian this is called "nulløp", directly translated that becomes "zero run" (after the ideal of having zero time difference), but "zero run" does not seem to be what I am looking for.

Sample sentence: "We are arranging a WORD this weekend."

Does anyone know what this type of competition is called in English?

  • The condition OP points out to is similar to the Dressage. I could not find any specific term for such competition, however, I think "fixed-time" competition can be an appropriate (but not the perfect) term.
    – Eilia
    Jul 17, 2018 at 14:05
  • I think you will just have to invent a word. I would suggest nullop, as this is what is used for the website. If you wanted a catchy geeky phrase, I might suggest ZVR for Zero Variance Race.
    – jxh
    Jul 17, 2018 at 18:20
  • BTW, are ties broken by who is faster?
    – jxh
    Jul 17, 2018 at 18:26
  • Thanks for your replies and suggestions! @Eilia, when you say "the Dressage", do you mean the horse riding? I also found something called "regularity rally", which is in the same category, but then you set a predefined time, and drive the course once and aiming for the predefined time. I think both "fixed-time" and the more geeky suggestion, ZVR, could fit. "nullop" may not make much sense outside the Nordic countries. Ties are usually just ties, who is faster does not matter.
    – Michael
    Jul 18, 2018 at 10:03
  • @Michael, Yes, I mean an equestrian sport.
    – Eilia
    Jul 18, 2018 at 15:37


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