Picture image of the Checkered Flag

Checkred Flag image

The checkered flag is associated with racing.  The checkered flag is displayed at the finish line to indicate the end of a race. The flag is associated with the winner of the race since he/she is the first to “take” the flag.  A theory of the origins of the checkered flag is that in the 19th Century it was used at bicycle races in France.  It is believed that a checkered flag was chosen for racing because a single colored flag would be harder to spot in a crowd than the checkered flag.  This was due to the fact tha back then the race tracks where on dirt roads and thus made visibility harder because of the dust in the air.