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Students race chariots at Northwest

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Two Latin students stand in front of a map of ancient Rome. They are holding a poster promoting the chariot race.

Two Latin students stand in front of a map of ancient Rome. They are holding a poster promoting the chariot race.

Two Latin students stand in front of a map of ancient Rome. They are holding a poster promoting the chariot race.

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At Northwest, two Latin teachers, Kathryn Beach and Parker Jackson, are hosting a simulated chariot racing event. Chariot racing used to be one of the most popular sports in ancient Greece and Rome. Northwest’s version of chariot racing will take place at 6:00pm on Apr. 12.

“The reason we are doing this is because we want to promote Latin in classes and our community,” Beach said.

In Roman times, horses were used to pull chariots, and the sport was often dangerous for both the horse and the rider. Chariot racing teams would also compete for the most skilled driver.

“We teach about chariot racing a little bit, especially in our gladiator unit where we talk about different types of gladiator fighting and how they incorporated chariots in their fighting,” Jackson said.

In the present day, sports fans choose teams they want to support, just as they did back then. Sometimes, violence broke out because teams were associated with religious or social ideas. Of course, everything comes and goes, so when Rome fell apart, so did the importance of chariot racing.

At Northwest, students are bringing this ancient sport back to life.

At the end of March, students will be able to participate in this racing game. However, they can start preparing now. There is a prize for those who win the race.

“[The competition] is sponsored by the Latin club,” Beach said.

Anyone who wants to participate will have to sign up and pay five dollars, but there is a $50 reward for each member of the team who wins.  For the race, you need to have three members in each team.

“What we would like to do is actually have teams build a chariot, or do the best they can,” Beach said.

The requirements for the chariot is that it has to be big enough to support one of your teammates because someone is going to ride in it. The person inside will have to wear a helmet. Also, the vehicle will have to cross uneven terrain with the person inside.

“So if you are driving across grass, it has to work,” Beach said.

The students are allowed to use a variety of different materials.

“As long as [the chariot] is not motorized, it will be eligible to enter,” Jackson said.

If you and your friends are interested in participating, see Beach in room 436 or Jackson in room 438.

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