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How can I describe the marathon event more make sense?

Assumed that I want to describe an marathon event:

Item: full, half.
or Category: full, half;
Or Dis: full, half;
or Group: full, half;

Which one is better to describe a marathon event?

BTW, I noticed that from the official London marathon website, it divided by master category, etc... not by full or half.

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Sorry, I really don't understand what you're asking. –  Robusto May 9 '11 at 1:01
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If you're looking for a word to distinguish between the half-marathon and the full marathon while still referring to them both as "marathons", I think you should probably go with "distance":

We're running 2 distances of marathon for this charity: a full marathon, starting at 9:00 am, and a half-marathon, starting at noon.

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+1 because you understood what was going on. –  Alenanno May 9 '11 at 8:08
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a full marathon is a technically 42.195 meters; half of that is a half-marathon and you can call that a pikermi (named so because Pikermi is right smack at the halfway point of the original Marathon distance route. The master's category are usually for age-groupers - you can divide your race between the elites (those who run for example sub-3 hours) vs. the age groups.

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