Definition of half-marathon in English:



  • A long-distance running race, strictly one of 13 miles 192 yards (21.0975 km)

    ‘she travelled to Japan in January to compete in a half-marathon’
    [as modifier] ‘half-marathon championships’
    • ‘‘I couldn't do the event last year because I was competing in the World half-marathon championships,’ said Jenkins.’
    • ‘Danny, 45, has already completed 13 marathons and 80 half-marathons to raise money for a variety of charities.’
    • ‘Coun Fox said he used to run marathons and half-marathons, but was now de-motivated and unable to sleep.’
    • ‘As editors of this magazine, we'd like to put our money where our mouths are and not only challenge you to train for your first half-marathon, but to come race with us!’
    • ‘It attracts runners from around the world to compete in an ultra-marathon and a half-marathon.’
    • ‘The event will also include a half-marathon, wheelchair race, four-person relay and 5K race.’
    • ‘There were four races in this year's event - the full 26-mile marathon, a half-marathon, a corporate relay challenge and a fun run.’
    • ‘His plan had always been to retire from the track after Athens to concentrate on half-marathons and marathons.’
    • ‘Well, if I liken my writing career to a half-marathon race, I'd say I'm about halfway.’
    • ‘Along with the marathon, there were also several other races including a 10 km, half-marathon and a marathon relay.’
    • ‘Furthermore runners from the locality did well at the Lisburn half-marathon, that also incorporated a ten-kilometre race.’
    • ‘Don't worry about time in your first half-marathon - even if you walk portions of the race, that's fine.’
    • ‘Dad used to train for his marathons and half-marathons in Delamere Forest, near our home in Cheshire.’
    • ‘Since 1982, when he ran his first marathon, he has completed 31 full marathons, another 35 half-marathons and other runs of various distances.’
    • ‘Entry to the schools' competition is free, the half-marathon is R30 and the 10 km race R20.’
    • ‘In the four years since her diagnosis Jane has, among other notable athletic endeavours, cycled from Land's End to John O'Groats, completed the Half Ironman triathlon and numerous marathons and half-marathons, raising more £600,000.’
    • ‘Instead, she found a programme of races that culminated in victory at the world half-marathon championships in Vera Cruz, Mexico.’
    • ‘In his running diary he has recorded more than 80,000 km since 1987 and participated in 29 marathons, 16 ultra-marathons, 22 triathlons and 20 half-marathons.’
    • ‘UK Athletics said it will fund four male and four female athletes to compete at the international half-marathon in Reims, France, on 17 October.’
    • ‘Some 15,000 others who competed in the full and half-marathons and the 5K race know otherwise.’