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Date: 1800-1900
Origin: Marathon, place in Greece; from the story that in 490BC a Greek soldier ran about 25 miles from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens, to bring news of the Athenian victory over the Persians

marathon

1 noun
     
Related topics: Other Sports
mar‧a‧thon1 [countable]
1DSO a long race of about 26 miles or 42 kilometres:
the Boston Marathon
Garcia ran the marathon in just under three hours.
2 an activity that continues for a long time and needs a lot of energy, patience, or determination:
We finished the job but it was quite a marathon.

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