ultramarathon

noun
ul·​tra·​mar·​a·​thon | \ ˌəl-trə-ˈmer-ə-ˌthän How to pronounce ultramarathon (audio) , -ˈma-rə- \

Definition of ultramarathon

: a footrace longer than a marathon

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Other Words from ultramarathon

ultramarathoner \ ˌəl-​trə-​ˈmer-​ə-​ˌthä-​nər How to pronounce ultramarathoner (audio) , -​ˈma-​rə-​ \ noun

Examples of ultramarathon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For those of us still in the social-distancing ultramarathon that is COVID-19 2020, cooking for yourself is getting, well, a bit old. Joanna O'leary, Houston Chronicle, "DIY noodle kits: The pandemic activity you didn't know you needed," 17 Sep. 2020 Felsenthal, 23, a 2015 Glenbrook North High School graduate, is preparing to start a solo 100 kilometer ultramarathon for charity. Karie Angell Luc, chicagotribune.com, "Northbrook man runs 62 miles over 14 hours in effort to raise money for students in Belize: ‘I was taking it one step at a time’," 25 Aug. 2020 The trail at the ultramarathon's end leads to the Mount Whitney summit, the highest point in the contiguous United States. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, "'Everything is about the mental strength.' Local runner breaks 29-year-old world record," 14 Aug. 2020 This five-hour ultramarathon flight was recorded during a new study of the massive scavenger’s hyper-efficient flight, reports Christina Larson for the Associated Press. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Andean Condor Can Soar 100 Miles Without Flapping," 20 July 2020 The ultramarathon is home to the gutsy eccentric; the marathon is home to the Type-A obsessive. New York Times, "Can the King of Ultrarunning Conquer a Race as Short as the Marathon?," 11 Feb. 2020 Several of Bitter's ultramarathon running peers such as Dean Karnazes, Ultrarunners podcast's Eric Schranz, Kristina Fireball, James Stewart and Don Freeman co-hosted the event with Nicole Bitter via Zoom. Dana Scott, azcentral, "Ultramarathon runner Zach Bitter breaks 100-mile treadmill world record at home in Phoenix," 16 May 2020 Rick Hansen’s plans to run a 100-kilometer ultramarathon in Utah last month was scrapped when the race was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "With ultramarathon in Utah canceled, Anchorage runner completes 100K back home instead," 3 May 2020 The organizer with the megaphone, Drummond, is a legend on the East Coast, well known for crushing ultramarathons and ski touring on Mount Washington. Connor W. Davis, Outside Online, "In This Sufferfest, the Last Skier Standing Wins," 13 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of ultramarathon

1977, in the meaning defined above

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“Ultramarathon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ultramarathon. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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