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Drug slang A regionally popular term for amphetamine, especially when taken non-stop for an extended period of time
Sports medicine A foot race measuring 26.2 miles/42.2 km; muscle changes in marathon runners: local muscle tenderness, pain, swelling, inflammation
Vox populi adjective Referring to a prolonged, arduous task, as in a marathon negotiation
noun A prolonged, arduous task, as in ‘negotiating marathon’

marathon

Sports medicine A foot race measuring 26.2 miles/42.2 km; muscle changes in marathon runners: local muscle tenderness, pain, swelling, inflammation. See Ultramarathon.

marathon

specifically, a footrace over a road course of 42.195 km (∼26 mile 385 yd) nowadays covered by elite performers in less than 2 h 10 min (males) and 2 h 20 min (females). Named after the city of Marathon in ancient Greece, imitating the distance run by a messenger from there to Athens, with news of victory over the Persians, in 490 bc. In general, term applied to any form of very high endurance activity.