- a footrace of 26 miles, 385 yards, run over an open course, esp. as an event of the Olympic games or as an annual event in some cities: after the legend of the Greek runner who ran from Marathon to Athens to tell of the victory over the Persians (490 )
- any contest or endeavor that tests endurance
A group of people running a marathon.
- A 26-mile footrace is an example of a marathon.
- When you have a long series of doctors appointments one after the other, this is an example of a marathon.
- Sports a. A cross-country footrace of 26 miles, 385 yards (42.195 kilometers).b. A long-distance race other than a footrace: a swimming marathon.
- a. A contest of endurance: a dance marathon.b. An event or activity that requires prolonged effort, endurance, or attention.
Origin of marathonAfter Marathon ( so called because a messenger ran from there to Athens to announce a victory over the Persians in 490 BC )
French marathon, coined in 1894 by linguist Michel BrÃ©al for the first modern time Olympic Games after Greek ÎœÎ±ÏÎ±Î¸ÏŽÎ½ (MarathÅn), a town northeast of Athens. Phidippides the Greek ran the distance from Marathon to Athens to deliver a message regarding the Battle of Marathon. The modern sport of marathon running is based on a run approximately the same distance. The toponym itself comes from Î¼Î¬ÏÎ±Î¸Î¿Î½ (marathon, “fennel") and refers to the prevalence of the plant in the area.
- a town in Attica, Greece, the site of the victory in 490 BC of heavily outnumbered Athenians against Persians
From Ancient Greek ÎœÎ±ÏÎ±Î¸ÏŽÎ½ (MarathÅn).
- I ran a marathon for that shirt!
- He then attacked the firebreathing bull of Marathon and brought it alive to Athens, where he sacrificed it to Apollo Delphinius.
- The earliest of the great works of Pheidias were dedications in memory of Marathon, from the spoils of the victory.
- At the end of themarathon, the runner's energy began to falter.
- Twenty-four hours after his hour-long downhill hike from the mine, Dean's stilts felt like he'd run a barefoot marathon on cobblestoned streets.