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.

  • 5
    Sorry, I really don't understand what you're asking. – Robusto May 9 '11 at 1:01

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.


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.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.