THERE ARE FACTS ABOUT THE BOSTON MARATHON that may not be widely known, or at least not easily answered by those who havn't taken an interest in the race up to this point. Just in case Earn Runs posts have inspired watching or becoming knowledgeable, a number of quiz questions have been assembled to further spark curiosity.
In my years as an Associate Professor of Human Pathology I created hundreds of quiz items. Students like to test themselves. There’s little bit of intellectual reward that comes from each question correctly answered, even if from a guess rather than from firm knowledge.
The answer key is at the post's end. There are links to sites with more information.
1. What’s the history behind the unicorn being the symbol of the Boston Marathon?
a. A rider on a unicorn rode at the front of the first race to show the way
b. The ethnic heritage and heraldry of many Bostonians was linked to Scotland
c. Plush toy makers in Boston sponsored the first race
d. Early winners were promised a paid trip to the British Isles
2. What (where) is Heartbreak Hill?
a. The first hill encountered on the course; it separates contenders from the pack.
b. The hill in the middle of Boston’s historical ‘red light’ district is the highest
c. The last hill, representing a huge challenge after 20.5 miles have been covered
d. It’s not a hill; locals would put up warning signs to fool/confuse outsiders.
3. Why might runners look forward to entering the “Scream Tunnel” near Wellesley College?
a. Students & faculty traditionally cheer runners with voices, encouraging/cute signs.
b. It’s only one mile from the finish; spectators & fans scream for favorites.
c. Runners making it to this point almost always finish, and scream for joy.
d. Local college bar owners scream to runners to return after finishing for free beer.
4. What is the significance of the Citgo sign in Kenmore Square?
a. If the sign is lighted it means a course record has been set.
b. It’s the corner where Paul Revere first warned of British movements in 1775
c. The last portable toilets are available for runners to use at this area.
d. This sign is the marker of the last mile.
5. Where is the finish line of the Boston Marathon?
a. Middle of Harvard Bridge to MIT.
b. On Boylston Street
c. Entrance to Fenway Park
d. At the Old North Church
I have never qualified for, run, or attended the marathon, but have hopes of being present for one in my life. Anyone more in the know about the race is welcome to comment or submit a topic for a trivia question, especially to make the quiz more fun. Maybe we can together add a few questions to make it more challenging?
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Answers: 1. b; 2. c. 3.a. 4. d; 5. b
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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