How Long is a Marathon and Other Olympic Quiz Questions

The Summer Olympics begin on July 27, but how well do you know the Games? All this week, Patch will post trivia questions to test your knowledge.

From Michael Phelps winning eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics to Nadia Comăneci receiving the first perfect 10 in 1976, there have been several unforgettable moments in Olympic history.

As hundreds of world-class athletes prepare to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games beginning July 27, Patch is celebrating the start of the games by posting Olympic trivia questions all this week.

Post you answers in the comments below. We'll post the correct answers in the comments by midnight (we promise!).

  1. Which author of the seminal book on baby and child care was also a gold medalist?
  • Dr. Benjamin Spock
  • Dr. Michael Cohen
  • C. R. Partridge
  • Jane Mattes

   2. How long is the route for the marathon event in the 2012 Olympics?

  • 8 miles
  • 11.2 miles
  • 26.3 miles
  • 40.6 miles

  3. Who lit the torch to start the Games in Atlanta?

  • Wayne Gretzky
  • Cathy Freeman
  • Muhammad Ali
  • Ken Henry

  4. What is the name of the mascot of the 2012 Games?

  • Misha
  • Sam
  • Izzy
  • Wenlock


Looking for a way to celebrate the Olympics locally? You can find local events for Olympic Fun Day on July 28 on the Let’s Move website, which has a page about how to set up your own local Olympics

Mary Mann July 26, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Answers: 1. Dr. Benjamin Spock. He won the gold for rowing in 1924. 2. 26.3 miles 3. Muhammad Ali 4. Wenlock But Holden's answers are more fun!
Beverly July 26, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Sorry all - marathon is 26.2 miles not 26.3.
Beverly July 26, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Marathon is 26.2 not 26.3.
Monk July 26, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Technically, a marathon is 26 miles and 385 yards, or 26.21875 miles.
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