Part of speech: noun

A race of 26 miles 385 yards in imitation of one run originally during the Olympic games at Athens, Greece, April, 1896: from the feat of a Greek runner, who ran from Marathon to Athens to announce the victory of the Athenian arms.

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Usage examples "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", 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", Rupert Hughes.
  3. Those Marathon Park people? - "The Gold Bag", Carolyn Wells.