What is Marathon?

  • (noun): Any long and arduous undertaking.
    Synonyms: endurance contest
    See also — Additional definitions below


The marathon is a long-distance running event with an official distance of 42.195 kilometres (26 miles and 385 yards), that is usually run as a road race. The event was instituted in commemoration of the fabled run of the Greek soldier Pheidippides, a messenger from the Battle of Marathon, to Athens.

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Israel At The 2007 World Championships In Athletics - Results
... Athlete Event Position Round Results Ayele Seteng Men's Marathon 19 F 222.27h SB Zvadya Wodage Men's Marathon 34 F 229.21h Asaf Bimro Men's Marathon 40 F 231 ...
Marathon, Ontario - Climate
... Climate data for Marathon, Ontario Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year Record high °C (°F) 3 (37) 7 (45) 13 (55) 20 (68) 25 (77) 30 (86) 30 (86) 33 (91) 27 (81) 18 (64) 15 (59 ...
Koren Jelela
... On her debut over the marathon distance at the Venice Marathon in 2009, she finished as the runner-up with a time of 22841 hours, second to veteran Kenyan athlete Anne Kosgei ... She competed at the RAK Half Marathon the following February and made the top ten with a run of 11052 ... one of the elite foreign competitors for the 2010 Boston Marathon in April, but she failed to match her Venice performance and finished in twelfth place some five minutes off her personal best pace ...
Franjo Mihalić - Biography - Later Career and Retirement
... Mihalić participated in the marathon at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, finishing 12th, in a time of 22152.6 ... from sport in 1966 by winning his last race, the Kadinjača mini-marathon in Užice. 14 national championships (12 over 10,000 m and 2 over 5000 m), but never won a national marathon championship ...
Rod Dixon - Biography
... He set world-class times in events from 1500 m (333.9) to the marathon (20859), won bronze medals in the World Cross Country Championships in 1973 and 1982, and was one of the more successful athletes ... At the 1985 New York Marathon, Dixon served as the first host for the participatory "Helmet Cam" as he followed the lead pack for a mile during the race ...

More definitions of "Marathon":

  • (noun): A footrace of 26 miles 385 yards.
  • (noun): A battle in 490 BC in which the Athenians and their allies defeated the Persians.
    Synonyms: battle of Marathon

Famous quotes containing the word marathon:

    The mountains look on Marathon
    And Marathon looks on the sea;
    And musing there an hour alone,
    I dreamed that Greece might still be free;
    For standing on the Persians’ grave,
    I could not deem myself a slave.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788–1824)

    ... marathon swimming is the most difficult physical, intellectual and emotional battleground I have encountered, and each time I win, each time I touch the other shore, I feel worthy of any other challenge life has to offer.
    Diana Nyad (b. 1949)

    In their eyes I have seen
    the pin men of madness in marathon trim
    race round the track of the stadium pupil.
    Patricia K. Page (b. 1916)