Definition of a Marathon

Marathon

mar·a·thon

ˈmarəˌTHän/

noun: marathon; plural noun: marathons

  1. a long-distance running race, strictly one of 26 miles and 385 yards (42.195 km)

Since I started running, I’ve heard some people refer to races as ‘marathons,’ and frankly, it irks me a little bit. As the definition above says, a marathon is “strictly one of 26 miles and 385 yards.” It is not a 5K, it is not a 10K, it is not an ultra. Continue reading