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 ultramarathon (audio) , -​ˈma-​rə-​ \ noun

Examples of ultramarathon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ultramarathon runner Dean Karnazes answers these and many other ultramarathon questions from Twitter. Mike Rose, cleveland, 12 Oct. 2021 Runners who fought ‘near whiteout conditions’ during Utah ultramarathon had one choice: Keep moving. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 Oct. 2021 Yellow River was considered one of the easiest of China’s ultramarathon courses, with a total climb of about 10,000 feet. Wenxin Fan, WSJ, 3 Oct. 2021 On Wednesday, many on Chinese social media were more preoccupied with discussing the death of Yuan Longping, a prominent plant scientist, and a deadly ultramarathon in the northwestern Chinese region of Gansu. New York Times, 26 May 2021 Chad Trammell of Anchorage and Amanda Iannello of Easley, South Carolina, set records in the 49-kilometer ultramarathon. Anchorage Daily News, 23 Aug. 2021 An ultramarathon is any footrace longer than the marathon distance, which is 26.2 miles. Lisa Krantz, San Antonio Express-News, 8 July 2021 Fred Zalokar, an accomplished ultramarathon athlete who was famous for summiting the world’s tallest mountains, was found dead in Yosemite last week, after being missing for several days. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 July 2021 At least 21 ultramarathon athletes died after brutal weather swept across a mountainous area of northwest China during a race, state media reported Sunday. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 23 May 2021

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First Known Use of ultramarathon

1977, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ultramarathon was in 1977

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“Ultramarathon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ultramarathon. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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