"The Distance" is a song by the American alternative rock band Cake. Released in 1996, "The Distance" was the second single from their second album, Fashion Nugget, their "best-known" and "ubiquitous" single. It was written by the band's guitarist at the time, Greg Brown.
Reluctantly crouched at the starting line
Engines pumping and thumping in time
The green light flashes, the flags go up
Churning and burning, they yearn for the cup