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I've seen a lot of people on SMP that seem to go faster than me when playing. Did I miss a run button that I'm not aware in the game?

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Do you know what mods are installed on your server as they is no way to move faster in vanilla Minecraft. – Ronan Aug 20 '11 at 19:44
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As of Beta 1.8, you can sprint by double-tapping the forward key (W by default). This seems to be unlimited, as long as you don't let go of the button and don't run into anything. Hitting a mob while sprinting will also cause you to stop sprinting, and send the mob flying.

Your food meter drains a lot quicker while sprinting, and when it's down to 3 pieces of meat or less, you can't sprint at all.

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Not currently, no. The people you saw were probably either lagging (and their delayed position update caused them to look like they're running) or using speedhacks.

Although, notch has toyed with a sprint mechanic, so it's possible that this will be added in a future update.

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On a related note, if you want to get from place to place more quickly, mine carts are a great way to get around, and you can use nether portals for a shortcut. Just watch out for Ghasts. – Nicholas1024 Aug 21 '11 at 12:26

You can run, but it's called sprinting: tap w twice. However, I couldn't get it to work (but it works for my cousin).

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Hi Angel, this duplicates what was already posted. – user3389 Apr 4 '12 at 23:20

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