Snail racing takes place in the middle of a circular “track”. This track is generally a damp cloth (moisture encourages the snails to move) 13 to 14 inches in radius. Apparently snails move faster than you’d think, so a big track is good.
Snails start in a small circle in the middle of the track. The first snail to completely leave the track is the winner. Snails have small tags on their backs to help distinguish one snail from another.
A snail race is traditionally started with the phrase: “Ready, Steady, Slow.”