The Boston Marathon

That’s Jerry, my nephew, running and waving.

Monday, April 18, Patriot’s Day, is the next running of the Boston Marathon.

  • What do you know about marathons?
  • What do you know about the Boston Marathon?
  • How long do you think the marathon is? Make your best guess.
  • How many people run it? Make your best guess.
  • Make an educated guess as to the fastest marathon time.  

We’ve gathered a lot of great data and asked some sensible and some surprising rate questions.  Enjoy the conversation of page 1 of the activity as a class task and then set your students to work calculating the rest.



For members we have an editable Word docx and solutions with teaching suggestions.

BostonMarathon.docx        BostonMarathon-solutions.pdf

CCSS: 5.MD.1, 6.NS.3, 6.RP.1, 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3, 7.RP.1

We also have a more historical activity about Patriot’s Day which falls on its actual date of Tuesday, April 19th.


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