Happy Pi Day! In case you are not a nerd and don’t remember high school, quick reminder that this annual celebration is always on March 14th and commemorates the mathematical constant of Pi (π). It is celebrated on 3/14, as it signifies the three most significant digits of Pi in the decimal form – 3, 1, and 4. Apparently in many schools there will be competitions today to see which students can recite Pi to the highest number of decimal places. Also you could celebrate by “discussing the significance of the number”, however I plan to just eat pie!
Fun fact from Punchbowl – MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) has often mailed its application decision letters to prospective college students for delivery on Pi Day! Starting in 2012, MIT has posted its application decisions on a private website on Pi Day, exactly at 6:28 pm. They have deemed this “Tau Time”, in honor of the rival numbers Pi and Tau.
Another FYI – Pi has been mathematically calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point!
Besides the excitement of Pi Day, I want to share two summer activities that are getting me through the rest of winter:
- I registered Adam and I for the 39th and final Dam to Dam run in Des Moines on June 2! The race kicked off in 1980 as a 20k and had grown to a half marathon & 5k with many participants over the past 38 years. This year the creators are bringing it back to 20k and going out the way they started. The race starts up in Ankeny and ends downtown. Adam has completed it twice and I have registered twice but never raced it (long stories…) so I am excited to start training in April and be ready in June!
- RAGBRAI is slowly releasing the day stops for this year’s course in July and posted Day 3 yesterday. Adam and I are only planning to do days 1-3 so now we know our whole trek! I am excited to see multiple Great Places on the list as well as some new towns I’m not familiar with. I might be biased but so far Day 2 looks the best! If you aren’t familiar with RAGBRAI, check out my post from last year when Adam and I did the last three days and look at their website.