Edited to add:
Oops! I meant to post this on the school blog...
oh well, enjoy!
We are studying about ancient Greece and Persia.
There was a war in Marathon that caught everyone by
surprise when the Greeks(Athenians) won.
After it was over the Persians got back in their
boats and left.
This made the Athenians get to thinking that perhaps
the Persians meant to sneak to Athens and declare
Victory and take the Spoils.
Everyone would believe them because they always won.
The Athenians decided that they had better send a messenger
to let the people of Athens know that they had won The Battle of
Marathon. Their man ran the 25 miles, announced that they had
won and dropped dead.
This is the origination of the Marathon Races that we know of
today that are 26 miles in length.
After reading this today we called the Grandma's and had them
join us for a mini marathon. The kids stretched and then ran
about a quarter of a mile. With the cold air and no training
leading up to this it was very hard for them to do.
While they are active kids, Mikey had his work boots on and
the other two just weren't really ready for this kind of a run.
A great practical lesson in how hard it would have been to
run 25 miles.
It was also a lot of fun to watch!