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Friday, April 15, 2016

Running a Marathon and Celebrating Patriot Day

The Boston Marathon happens each year on Patriot Day. On Monday, April 18, Boston will hold its 120th marathon and residents of two states will have a holiday for Patriot Day, extending the due date for filing their taxes until Tuesday, April 19.

The Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon. It has distinguished itself as the pinnacle event within the sport of road racing by virtue of its traditions, longevity and the fact that entry into the race is via qualification.

So how long is a marathon? Take a guess and we'll reveal the distance below.

Next week security will be extra tight for the marathon. Spectators planning to watch the Boston Marathon from anywhere along the course should expect a significant presence of uniformed and plain clothed police officers.

In 2015 drones were banned along the entire Boston Marathon route for the first time in the history of this race.

Spectators approaching viewing areas on the course, or in viewing areas on the course, may be asked to pass through security checkpoints. 

Memorial wreaths have been placed around Boston in memory of the victims of the bombings that took place during the race three years ago.

In 2014, Rita Jeptoo of Kenya set a women's course record when she finished in 2:18:57. The men's course record was set in 2011.

Excel Math uses the back of most tests to introduce students to multi-paragraph word problems.

Some of these story problems revolve around sports events such as a marathon, bike race, skating, sledding, walk-a-thon, swim meet or a basketball game.

Eventually, students begin creating word problems of their own. These are called "Create A Problem" exercises and help to merge math with literacy. Here's a Create A Problem page from Excel Math Grade 2.
Excel Math Create A Problem from Grade 2
The answers are given in bold type, as shown in the Teacher Edition. Take a look at Lesson samples from Excel Math on our website:

To answer the initial question, a marathon is 26 miles 385 yards (26.21875 miles)  or 42.195 kilometers. The states that celebrate Patriot Day are Maine and Massachusetts.

To read more about the Boston Marathon and its history visit:

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