Dream meaning of race

To dream that you are in a race, foretells that others will aspire to the things you are working to possess, but if you win in the race, you will overcome your competitors.

Race Car

To see a race car in your dream symbolizes your hard driving and headstrong attitudes. It may also reflect your competitive nature and the need to win. Alternatively, the race may be a pun for your issues with “race” and ethnicity.
To dream that you are driving a race car represents your fast paced lifestyle. You may be jeopardizing your health with your reckless behavior.


To see a racetrack in your dream represents life in the fast lane for you. The tracks may be a metaphor for your quest to get ahead in life. Alternatively, the dream means that you are going in circles. Or that you have a set path of thinking and doing things and are unwilling to deviate from it.

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Running a race may depict how the dreamer feels about his or her waking life (a hectic “rat race,” perhaps?), possibly indicating the dreamer should slow down or change his or her approach to life.

The Big Dictionary of Dreams » Martha Clarke
The Big Dictionary of Dreams » Martha Clarke

If you always are in a hurry, this dream can be an allegorical representation of life. It also reveals the need to compare yourself to others; a very competitive personality. By slowing down you are likely to get more. The slow-moving tortoise beats the impulsive hare. It may also indicate that you are taking too many risks or spending excessive energy.
If you are running or driving a car, the dream states that you will soon receive news.
If you win the race, that news will be wonderful.

The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams » Stearn Robinson & Tom Corbett
The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams » Stearn Robinson & Tom Corbett

To watch any kind of race being run is a form of obstacle dream in that it predicts success in whatever concerns you most, providing that in your dream you bet on (or rooted for) the winner. If you dreamed of running in a race yourself, you can expect an exciting new offer whether you won or lost. A dream featuring race relations signifies progress if the climate was pleasant, but disappointment if it was not.

Dream Dictionary » Eve Adamson & Gayle Williamson
Dream Dictionary » Eve Adamson & Gayle Williamson

If you dream you are in a race, you are feeling particularly competitive right now and pressured to succeed.

If you are in a running race, you need all your wits about you, and your physical condition counts. Is your poor health putting you at a disadvantage?

If you dream of racing in a vehicle, like a car or a bicycle, seconds count. You need to make something happen, and make it happen fast.

If you dream of riding a horse or some other animal in a race, you can succeed if you use your natural instincts and enlist the help of trusted allies.

If you dream of watching a race, you can succeed by examining the strategies of others before you.

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