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The mara represents one event, in which this case is running.

The thon represents a long distance in which one must cover to complete, it requires tons of endurance, persistence and training.

As with numbers, million, then billion then trillion

as with these sports, marathon, biathalon, triathalon

The suffix changes as the number of events increases to "fit" with the prefix. (Mara, Bia, Tria)

Uh, no. Close pronunciation but very wrong.

Marathon is the name of a town in Greece which is about 26 miles from Athens. The race is named after a legendary runner in an ancient battle who traveled from Marathon to Athens to announce that the Greeks had successfully defended the town of Marathon against the (far larger) Persian army. A true marathon is a footrace of 26 miles and 385 yards in length.

The term marathon is often used to describe any race or event that lasts a long time and requires endurance such as a dance marathon.

The suffix "athlon" (note the "L") comes from the same root as "athlete" and describes an athletic event. A combination of multiple events will have a numeric prefix to describe the number of events, as described above. This is a different root word from "Marathon" which is named after a place.

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there was a guy who ran the marathon at the battle of marathon and so it was created

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It's called a marathon because it's named after a soldier named Phedippides who ran from Marathon to Athens without stopping.when he got there on his last breath he said victory then died

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the longest race it called a marathon. for example, if you ever watch an episode of a certain TV show, then that is considered a marathon.

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How long is the New York City marathon?

all official Marathons are 26.2 miles

How long is the women's marathon?

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How long does it take to drive the Boston Marathon?

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Why is the Boston Marathon 26.2 miles long?

It's 26.2 miles long because that's how long a marathon is that's why it's called the Boston Marathon.

What does marathons mean?

Marathons is plural for marathon, which refers to a running race that is about 26 miles (42 kilometers) long. It also refers to something that lasts an extremely long time or requires great effort, such as an event or activity, or a contest in which people compete with each other to find out who can do something the longest amount of time

When did marathons begin?

Assuming you mean long distance running marathons, the marathon was one of the original modern Olympic events that took place in 1896.

Why are marathons 26 miles long?

marathons are 26 miles long because as legend has it, after the athenian warriors held off a Persian invasion at the city of marathon in ancient Greece. A messenger ran from marathon to Athens to let the people know the news. It was apparently 26 miles some say 40,000 metres. still a long bloody way!any how the guy arrived at Athens and apparently dropped dead from exaustion. I guess the st.johns ambulance were off that day!

How long are marathons in West Virginia?

The same as marathons anywhere else: 26.2 miles.

Are there any marathons today?

there are marathon races almost all summer long across the world.

Why is the marathon 42.2 km?

Most marathons are 26.2 miles long. This is said to be the distance between Greece and Athens where the marathon was originated. The total distance was given at 26 miles. The extra 0.2 mile was to be ran because the king and queen wanted to see the runners cross the finish line.

How long should you wait between marathons?

four months. training for a marathon should take 8 months.