Number Two Is Number One

There’s something mathematical about a foot race.

Economy of stride, conservation of energy, and the passage of time all play important roles if you want to win.

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So it’s not surprising Terence Attema, a 23-year-old University of Guelph Mathematics graduate student wearing race bib #2, ran to first place in the 119th Around The Bay Road Race in Hamilton, Ontario, on March 24.

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Attema, a Smithville native who ran his first Around The Bay race last year finishing second, completed the 30km route in one hour, 35 minutes and 44 seconds, about three minutes off  record pace.

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The race is the oldest in North America, older than the venerated Boston Marathon by three years.

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Attema, taking off at the start gun above, runs for the Speed River Track and Field Club and his parents, Rick and Angela, as well as two of his four brothers, were in the stands of Hamilton’s Copps Coliseum watching as he joins such famous winners of the race as Tom Longboat, seven-time winner Scotty Rankine, and Jack Caffery who was the first Canadian to win the Boston Marathon in 1900.

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