Marathon vs. Race - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Marathon

    The marathon is a long-distance race, completed by running, walking, or a run/walk strategy. There are also wheelchair divisions. The marathon has an official distance of 42.195 kilometres (26.219 miles; 26 miles 385 yards), usually run as a road race. The event was instituted in commemoration of the fabled run of the Greek soldier Pheidippides, a messenger from the Battle of Marathon to Athens, who reported the victory. The marathon was one of the original modern Olympic events in 1896, though the distance did not become standardized until 1921. More than 800 marathons are held throughout the world each year, with the vast majority of competitors being recreational athletes, as larger marathons can have tens of thousands of participants.

Wiktionary

  • Marathon (noun)

    A 42.195 kilometre (26 mile 385 yard) road race.

  • Marathon (noun)

    Any extended or sustained activity.

    "He had a cleaning marathon the night before his girlfriend came over."

  • Marathon (verb)

    To run a marathon.

  • Marathon (verb)

    To watch or read a large number of instalments of (a film, book, TV series, etc.) in one sitting.

    "We're going to marathon Star Trek next weekend."

  • Race (noun)

    A contest between people, animals, vehicles, etc. where the goal is to be the first to reach some objective. Example: Several horses run in a horse race, and the first one to reach the finishing post wins

    "The race around the park was won by Johnny, who ran faster than the others."

    "We had a race to see who could finish the book the quickest."

  • Race (noun)

    Swift progress; rapid motion; an instance of moving or driving at high speed.

  • Race (noun)

    A race condition.

  • Race (noun)

    A progressive movement toward a goal.

    "the race to cure cancer"

  • Race (noun)

    A fast-moving current of water, such as that which powers a mill wheel.

  • Race (noun)

    A water channel, esp. one built to lead water to or from a point where it is utilised.

  • Race (noun)

    Competitive action of any kind, especially when prolonged; hence, career; course of life.

  • Race (noun)

    The bushings of a rolling element bearing which contacts the rolling elements.

  • Race (noun)

    A group of sentient beings, particularly people, distinguished by common ancestry, heritage or characteristics:

  • Race (noun)

    A large group of people distinguished from others on the basis of a common heritage compare ethnic group. See Wikipedia's article on historical definitions of race.

  • Race (noun)

    A large group of people distinguished from others on the basis of common physical characteristics, such as skin color or hair type.

    "Race was a significant issue during apartheid in South Africa."

    "The Native Americans colonized the New World in several waves from Asia, and thus they are considered part of the same Mongoloid race."

  • Race (noun)

    A large group of sentient beings distinguished from others on the basis of a common heritage compare species, subspecies.

    "A treaty was concluded between the race of elves and the race of men."

  • Race (noun)

    A population geographically separated from others of its species that develops significantly different characteristics; an informal term for a subspecies.

  • Race (noun)

    A breed or strain of domesticated animal.

  • Race (noun)

    A category or species of something that has emerged or evolved from an older one (with an implied parallel to animal breeding or evolutionary science).

    "The advent of the Internet has brought about a new race of entrepreneur."

    "Recent developments in artificial intelligence has brought about a new race of robots that can perform household chores without supervision."

  • Race (noun)

    Peculiar flavour, taste, or strength, as of wine; that quality, or assemblage of qualities, which indicates origin or kind, as in wine; hence, characteristic flavour.

  • Race (noun)

    Characteristic quality or disposition.

  • Race (noun)

    A rhizome or root, especially of ginger.

  • Race (verb)

    To take part in a race (in the sense of a contest).

    "The drivers were racing around the track."

  • Race (verb)

    To compete against in such a race.

    "I raced him to the car, but he was there first, so he got to ride shotgun."

  • Race (verb)

    To move or drive at high speed.

    "As soon as it was time to go home, he raced for the door."

    "Her heart was racing as she peered into the dimly lit room."

  • Race (verb)

    Of a motor, to run rapidly when not engaged to a transmission.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Race (noun)

    a competition between runners, horses, vehicles, etc. to see which is the fastest in covering a set course

    "Hill started from pole position and won the race"

  • Race (noun)

    a series of races for horses or dogs, held at a fixed time on a set course.

  • Race (noun)

    a situation in which individuals or groups compete to be first to achieve a particular objective

    "the race for nuclear power"

  • Race (noun)

    the course of the sun or moon through the heavens

    "the industrious sun already half his race hath run"

  • Race (noun)

    a strong or rapid current flowing through a narrow channel in the sea or a river

    "angling for tuna in turbulent tidal races"

  • Race (noun)

    a water channel, especially one built to lead water to or from a point where its energy is utilized, as in a mill or mine.

  • Race (noun)

    a smooth ring-shaped groove or guide in which a ball bearing or roller bearing runs.

  • Race (noun)

    a fenced passageway in a stockyard through which animals pass singly for branding, loading, washing, etc.

  • Race (noun)

    (in weaving) the channel along which the shuttle moves.

  • Race (noun)

    each of the major divisions of humankind, having distinct physical characteristics

    "people of all races, colours, and creeds"

  • Race (noun)

    the fact or condition of belonging to a racial division or group; the qualities or characteristics associated with this.

  • Race (noun)

    a group of people sharing the same culture, history, language, etc.; an ethnic group

    "we Scots were a bloodthirsty race then"

  • Race (noun)

    a group or set of people or things with a common feature or features

    "the upper classes thought of themselves as a race apart"

  • Race (noun)

    a population within a species that is distinct in some way, especially a subspecies

    "people have killed so many tigers that two races are probably extinct"

  • Race (noun)

    (in non-technical use) each of the major divisions of living creatures

    "a member of the human race"

    "the race of birds"

  • Race (noun)

    a group of people descended from a common ancestor

    "a prince of the race of Solomon"

  • Race (noun)

    ancestry

    "two coursers of ethereal race"

  • Race (noun)

    a ginger root.

  • Race (verb)

    compete with another or others to see who is fastest at covering a set course or achieving an objective

    "the vet took blood samples from the horses before they raced"

    "two drivers raced each other through a housing estate"

  • Race (verb)

    compete regularly in races as a sport or leisure activity

    "next year, he raced again for the team"

  • Race (verb)

    prepare and enter (an animal or vehicle) for races

    "he raced his three horses simply for the fun of it"

  • Race (verb)

    move or progress swiftly or at full speed

    "I raced into the house"

    "she spoke automatically, while her mind raced ahead"

  • Race (verb)

    operate or cause to operate at excessive speed

    "the truck came to rest against a tree with its engine racing"

  • Race (verb)

    (of a person's heart or pulse) beat faster than usual because of fear or excitement.

Webster Dictionary

  • Marathon (noun)

    A footrace of 26 miles 385 yards.

  • Marathon (noun)

    Any long and arduous undertaking, straining the endurance of the participants.

  • Marathon (noun)

    a battle in 490 BC in which the Athenians and their allies defeated the Persians.

  • Race

    To raze.

  • Race

    To cause to contend in a race; to drive at high speed; as, to race horses.

  • Race

    To run a race with.

  • Race (noun)

    A root.

  • Race (noun)

    The descendants of a common ancestor; a family, tribe, people, or nation, believed or presumed to belong to the same stock; a lineage; a breed.

  • Race (noun)

    Company; herd; breed.

  • Race (noun)

    A variety of such fixed character that it may be propagated by seed.

  • Race (noun)

    Peculiar flavor, taste, or strength, as of wine; that quality, or assemblage of qualities, which indicates origin or kind, as in wine; hence, characteristic flavor; smack.

  • Race (noun)

    Hence, characteristic quality or disposition.

  • Race (noun)

    A progress; a course; a movement or progression.

  • Race (noun)

    Esp., swift progress; rapid course; a running.

  • Race (noun)

    Hence: The act or process of running in competition; a contest of speed in any way, as in running, riding, driving, skating, rowing, sailing; in the plural, usually, a meeting for contests in the running of horses; as, he attended the races.

  • Race (noun)

    Competitive action of any kind, especially when prolonged; hence, career; course of life.

  • Race (noun)

    A strong or rapid current of water, or the channel or passage for such a current; a powerful current or heavy sea, sometimes produced by the meeting of two tides; as, the Portland Race; the Race of Alderney.

  • Race (noun)

    The current of water that turns a water wheel, or the channel in which it flows; a mill race.

  • Race (noun)

    A channel or guide along which a shuttle is driven back and forth, as in a loom, sewing machine, etc.

  • Race (verb)

    To run swiftly; to contend in a race; as, the animals raced over the ground; the ships raced from port to port.

  • Race (verb)

    To run too fast at times, as a marine engine or screw, when the screw is lifted out of water by the action of a heavy sea.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Marathon (noun)

    any long and arduous undertaking

  • Marathon (noun)

    a footrace of 26 miles 385 yards

  • Marathon (noun)

    a battle in 490 BC in which the Athenians and their allies defeated the Persians

  • Race (noun)

    any competition;

    "the race for the presidency"

  • Race (noun)

    people who are believed to belong to the same genetic stock;

    "some biologists doubt that there are important genetic differences between races of human beings"

  • Race (noun)

    a contest of speed;

    "the race is to the swift"

  • Race (noun)

    the flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller

  • Race (noun)

    (biology) a taxonomic group that is a division of a species; usually arises as a consequence of geographical isolation within a species

  • Race (noun)

    a canal for a current of water

  • Race (verb)

    step on it;

    "He rushed down the hall to receive his guests"

    "The cars raced down the street"

  • Race (verb)

    compete in a race;

    "he is running the Marathon this year"

    "let's race and see who gets there first"

  • Race (verb)

    to work as fast as possible towards a goal, sometimes in competition with others;

    "We are racing to find a cure for AIDS"

  • Race (verb)

    cause to move fast or to rush or race;

    "The psychologist raced the rats through a long maze"

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