Race (contest) - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
Race (contest)[ 1,,G73, agon ]
is translated race" in Hebrews 12:1, one of the modes of athletic contest, this being the secondary meaning of the word. See CONFLICT.
[ 2,,G4712, stadion ]
"a stadium," denotes a "racecourse," 1 Corinthians 9:24. The stadium (about 600 Greek feet or 1/8 of a Roman mile) was the length of the Olympic course. See FURLONG.
Note: No. 1 signifies the "race" itself; No. 2 the "course."