In ancient Greece, the Stadion Run, a foot race of about 200 meters, was the final event. At the Rivendell Olympics, we finish up with chariot races.
The kids provide the “horsepower” for the chariots, or as we call them, sleds. Win or lose, it’s great fun.
We did keep score, and tally up points from all the events to crown the winning city-state. Everyone on the team had to contribute, and added points for their team even if they didn’t win. While everyone wants to win, and it can be disappointing to lose, we emphasize that it’s the spirit of competition that makes the games exciting.