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Sack Race

(A). A village sport in which each runner is tied up to the neck in a sack. In some cases the candidates have to make short leaps, in other cases they are at liberty to run as well as the limits of the sack will allow them.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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