A Not So Smooth Run

A Not So Smooth Run
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.89

     challenging words:    acceptable, mobile, generally, running, cases, mode, conserve, opposite, fastest, cross-country, certainly, schools, races, male, rough, destination
     content words:    Incan Empire, Thames Rowing Club, William Vosburgh, United States, Olympic Games

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A Not So Smooth Run
By Jane Runyon

1     It seems that children start running just as soon as they start walking. Some people run to get somewhere faster. Some run just because they like the way that they feel when they run. Some people run to get away from something. Some people run to get to something. People run for all sorts of reasons.
2     Before the invention of the wheel, running was the fastest way to get from one point to another. Even after the wheel became the popular mode of transportation, running still had to be used in special cases. The Greeks used runners to carry news of battles in far reaching places back to their leaders. Runners in the Incan Empire carried messages from one city to another over steep and treacherous mountain paths. But as the population of the world became more mobile, running became a matter of choice.
3     It seems to be the nature of man that when two or more people are engaged in doing the same thing, it becomes a competition. Foot races have been held for thousands of years. Not all foot races were held on smooth surfaces. Cross-country running is said to have had its beginnings in England. English country gentlemen enjoyed hunting. They would hunt for foxes, rabbits, and deer. The hunters would ride their horses over rough and muddy terrain seeking their prey. Some young members of a rowing club recreated this hunt as an exercise.

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