half-marathon

noun
half-mar·​a·​thon | \ ˈhaf-ˈmer-ə-ˌthän How to pronounce half-marathon (audio) , -ˈma-rə- \
plural half-marathons

Definition of half-marathon

: a footrace run on an open course that is half the distance of a marathon (13 miles 192.5 yards or 21.1 kilometers) Then, in late September, … Goucher ran a U.S. best in the half-marathon, beating the women's marathon world-record holder, Britain's Paula Radcliffe, by nearly a minute.— Alexander Wolff Having just completed a half-marathon in the UK's Great North Run on Tyneside, I was surprised to find that my legs felt stiffer two days after the event than they were the following day.— Melanie Trickett

First Known Use of half-marathon

1953, in the meaning defined above

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27 Apr 2020

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“Half-marathon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/half-marathon. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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