Racing and Sports

12 Epic Races

12-Story Library
grades 3-6, Lexile 760

Presents 12 of the most epic race adventures around the globe. Readers will take an armchair tour of the Indianapolis 500 car race, the Yukon River Quest canoe/kayak race, the Dakar Rally motorcross race, and more.

12 Immigrants Who Made American Sports Great

12-Story Library
grades 3-6, Lexile 680

Introduces readers to inspiring immigrants whose sports contributions made our country great. From Nigeria's Hakeem Olajuwon who made his 7 foot mark playing basketball for the Houston Rockets, to Panama's Mariano (Mo) Rivera who became baseball's greatest closer, to Czechoslovakia's Martina Navratilova who was one of the world's top tennis players, each profile is presented in a clear, historical context with an emphasis on their legacies.

 

Related Web Sites and Activities

For a detailed description of the very first Indianapolis 500, read this article from Smithsonian magazine. There is also a link to video footage of the race, which is amazing to watch.

There is a documentary video about the Marathon des Sables here: http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/marathon_of_the_sands.

The Kentucky Derby Museum is a great place to visit. They have some activities you can download online, too.

There is an interview with a la Ruta de los Conquistadores participant here: https://www.railriders.com/interview-ruta-los-conquistadores-a-23.html. You can check out maps of the most recent route on the race's website: https://www.larutadelosconquistadores.com/the-course-ruta-conquistadores.

The Patagonian Expedition Race relies on participants' orienteering skills. For some materials to help learn or teach orienteering, check out the materials on the Orienteering USA web site.

Winning has nothing to do with racing. Most days don't have races anyway.
Winning is about struggle and effort and optimism, and never, ever, ever giving up.
~ Amby Burfoot ~

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