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Running the Same Pace During a Marathon

Author(s): Cameron Cook1, Greg Wiggins2, Suzanne Lenhart3

1. Department of Mathematics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville 2. National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis, University of Tennessee, Knoxville 3. University of Tennessee

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This activity uses Algebra concepts for simple models using long distance running as an example.

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Version 1.0 - published on 03 Apr 2021 doi:10.25334/BGTE-WT29 - cite this


Long distance running isn’t just about the training. There is a lot of strategy that goes into racing a long distance event. One general strategy most long distance runners follow is attempting to run the same speed for the entire race. This activity looks at data from long distance running, focusing on the idea of running the same speed for the entire race. 

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