Pi (the Greek letter “π”) is a mathematical constant -- the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter -- commonly approximated at 3.1415. Since Pi is found in so many equations in math, physics and other sciences, it is considered one of the most important mathematical constants and has earned itself a holiday: Pi Day.
Pi Day is celebrated around the world on March 14 (3/14) -- which also happens to be Einstein's birthday. Communities, schools and universities observe Pi Day by eating pies, throwing pies, and holding contests to see who can recite pi to the highest number of decimal places. In 2009, the US House of Representatives passed a nonbinding House resolution recognizing March 14 as National Pi Day, celebrating the role of mathematics, and that specific number, in our lives. This year's Pi Day has even more significance, because the date, 3/14/15, corresponds to even more digits of the special number.
Mathematicians consider Pi an irrational, transcendental number, meaning that it continues to infinity without repetition or pattern.
Capital High School commemorates Pi Day with "the epic mathematical race of the century": the Pi Day Fun Run / Pi Day 5K, on March 14, 2015. The race will begin at 9:26:53 a.m. (See the pi pie, for the significance of those numbers.)
Participants may enter either the one-mile fun run or the 3.14-mile (5 km) race. The race starts on Capital High School’s track and continues on the trail behind the campus. The 5K course will then continue on the trail behind the campus. A medal ceremony and refreshments will follow.
Proceeds from the run will benefit the Capital High School Math Department. To register, please go to www.capitalhighschool.info and click on “Pi Day Fun Run.” All participants who register before March 4 will receive a t-shirt.
For more information, contact Angelica Vialpando at firstname.lastname@example.org.