The original marathon was first run in ancient Greece, and then revived for the first Olympics in 1896 which were also held in Greece. Inspired by this the city of Boston, Massachusetts decided to stage their own marathon in 1897, and the Boston Marathon has been held every year since then, one of the world’s most iconic races.
This is a whole lesson based on the Boston Marathon. It begins with a Warm-up exercise comparing imperial and metric measurements, then there is some background to the rich history of the Boston Marathon. Finally there is a question/answer activity for the students to carry out in pairs.
This is for elementary to intermediate students, and will take about 1 hour. An additional activity, a short Athletics puzzle, could be used in conjunction with this lesson.
Marathon whole lesson: click here for free downloadable sheets, including an answer key.
Please find a snapshot of the activity below.
- 40th Anniversary of Women allowed to run the Boston Marathon (randomolio.com)
- Rodgers, Hoyts Help Unveil 116th Boston Marathon Banners (boston.cbslocal.com)
- What’s on your Boston Marathon plate? (boston.com)