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A Short History on Marathon

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A Short History on Marathon
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.03

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    Kharilaos, re-enact, showdown, Spiros, feign, combat, heated, ranks, prestigious, disposal, rightful, exhaustion, legendary, momentum, commander, covering
     content words:    Boston Marathon, Persian Empire, Mount Athos, Olympic Games, International Olympic Committee, United States, Crown Prince Nicholas, Prince George, Kharilaos Vasilakos, Spiridon Belokas


A Short History on Marathon
By Vickie Chao
  

1     Caption: The Boston Marathon, 2005
 
2     Have you ever run a marathon?
 
3     The marathon is a popular sports event. It is a long-distance foot race. To finish it, the runners have to cover a trek of 42.195 kilometers, or 26 miles 385 yards.
 
4     Nowadays, many big cities have their own annual marathons. Boston, for example, was the first in the world to have one on a regular basis. The city held its first race on Patriots' Day in 1897. At the time, only 18 people joined the race. But that number has been on a steady increase ever since. In recent years, the event attracted about 20,000 runners. (In the 100th running of the Boston Marathon, however, that number swelled to 38,000!) They came from all over the world. They joined the race not so much for the cash prize. Rather, they did it because they were honored to be part of this prestigious event.
 
5     Sure, the Boston Marathon is famous. It is extremely popular, too. But do you know who "invented" the marathon?

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