What does the word marathon mean?

Usage examples for marathon

  1. You know Dr. Johnson said something to the effect that that man is little to be envied whose patriotism would not gain force upon the plain of Marathon, or whose feelings would not grow warmer among the ruins of Rome. – Humanly Speaking by Samuel McChord Crothers
  2. He played the march with such doleful indifference that Eddie found the aisle as long as the distance from Marathon to Athens. – In a Little Town by Rupert Hughes
  3. Those Marathon Park people? – The Gold Bag by Carolyn Wells