"Inspired by the first modern-day marathon competition in the 1896 Summer Olympics, the Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon, and ranks as one of the world's best-known road racing events. Since 1897, amateur and professional runners from all over the world have competed, braving the hilly New England terrain and varying weather to take part in this historic race."

Similar to the Boston Marathon, 26.2 Desire to Inspire is a 21st Century curriculum that challenges middle school students all over the world to bravely address increasingly complex content in varying subject areas. From the starting line to Heartbreak Hill on to the finish line, this curriculum is sure to inspire students to go the extra mile.

Hopkinton Middle School proudly invites middle schools all over the globe to use this curriculum. Although it focuses on the local marathon, running is a popular endeavor around the world. Units and lessons within the 26.2 Desire to Inspire curriculum can and should be enhanced to reflect road races specific to other communities.

This year-long interactive, interdisciplinary theme instructs students throughout grades 6-8 in Hopkinton Middle School about life in Ancient Greece, the Battle of Marathon, the origin of the Olympics, how the first marathon came to be and the historical significance of the Marathon. By using individual classroom lessons, students make curriculum connections with different aspects of Greece and the Marathon. Students gain skills and knowledge in all middle school disciplines and are able to apply these understandings outside of their classroom. Students have the opportunity to participate in enrichment activities throughout the Hopkinton community. This project encourages students to incorporate key 21st century skills through global awareness (human rights, the environment, economics, health, education and culture) , collaboration, communication, creativity, innovation, volunteerism and philanthropy. 

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