This was a game I used to play during recess
in elementary school
. It was one of those banned games
along with smear the queer
and red rover
that were outlawed for being too rough.
To play everyone lined up on one side of a field. One person was picked as the "gladiator" and stood in the middle. Everyone then ran across the field to the other side as fast as they could while the gladiator tried to trip as many people as possible. People who fell became gladiators themselves and the process was repeated until there was only one runner left.
It was a pretty brutal game.