A hare scramble is a type of off-road, outdoor motorcycle race. These are at least semi-official races that are performed on a designated course that is typically more than 2 miles long. In addition to variations in distance, hare scramble races can also vary in average race time.

Hare scramble races are designed not only as a test of speed but also as a test of the rider's ability to negotiate rugged outdoor terrain on a wooded course. These competitions can last for several hours, and winners are usually determined not necessarily by who finishes first but by who has the highest sustained speed throughout the course.