Marathon, New York

Coordinates: 42°26′54″N 076°00′43″W / 42.44833°N 76.01194°W / 42.44833; -76.01194
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Marathon, New York
Town of Marathon
Town center in winter
Town center in winter
Location within Cortland County and New York
Location within Cortland County and New York
Marathon is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Marathon is located in New York
Marathon (New York)
Coordinates: 42°26′54″N 076°00′43″W / 42.44833°N 76.01194°W / 42.44833; -76.01194
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
 • TypeTown Council
 • Town SupervisorTim P. Elliott (R)
 • Town Council
Members' List
 • Total25.07 sq mi (64.93 km2)
 • Land24.94 sq mi (64.59 km2)
 • Water0.13 sq mi (0.34 km2)
1,332 ft (406 m)
 • Total1,967
 • Estimate 
 • Density75.71/sq mi (29.23/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code36-023-45403
GNIS feature ID979194

Marathon is a town in Cortland County, New York, United States. The population was 1,967 at the 2010 census.[3]

The town of Marathon contains a village also named Marathon. The town is on the southern border of the county and is in the Southern tier region of New York State and is southeast of Cortland.

The Central New York Maple Festival takes place in Marathon annually.


Marathon is within the bounds of the former Central New York Military Tract. The first settlers arrived in 1794.

The town was formed from part of the town of Cincinnatus as the "Town of Harrison" in 1818. The name was changed to "Marathon" in 1828 because another town in New York was named Harrison. The present name is after the Battle of Marathon.[4] The Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad's Syracuse Branch through Marathon opened on October 18, 1854.[5]

The village of Marathon set itself off from the town in 1861 by incorporation.

Notable people[edit]

  • Francis G. Brink, United States Army Brigadier General, was born in Marathon.
  • Carl T. Hayden, only New Yorker to ever serve as both Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents (1995-2002) and Chairman of the State University of New York (SUNY)(2007-2012).
  • Thurlow Weed, political boss and publisher, came to this town with his family in 1808.


United Methodist Church of Marathon, New York

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 25.1 square miles (64.9 km2), of which 25.0 square miles (64.7 km2) is land and 0.12 square miles (0.3 km2), or 0.53%, is water.[3]

U.S. Route 11 and Interstate 81 are important north-south highways, and New York State Route 221, an east-west highway, intersects the former at Marathon village.

The Tioughnioga River, part of the Susquehanna River watershed, crosses the town along the same course as Interstate 81 and US-11.

The southern town line is the border of Broome County.


Historical population
2016 (est.)1,888[2]−4.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 2,189 people, 814 households, and 598 families residing in the town. The population density was 87.7 inhabitants per square mile (33.9/km2). There were 861 housing units at an average density of 34.5 per square mile (13.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.49% White, 0.73% Black or African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.09% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.55% of the population.

There were 814 households, out of which 39.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.4% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.5% were non-families. 21.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 30.7% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $34,274, and the median income for a family was $40,379. Males had a median income of $29,781 versus $22,125 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,322. About 8.6% of families and 10.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.3% of those under age 18 and 12.0% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in the Town of Marathon[edit]

  • Dean Pond – A small lake east of Marathon village.
  • Galatia – A hamlet on the northern town line.
  • Marathon – The village of Marathon is in the western part of the town, adjacent to US-11 and Interstate 81.
  • Texas Valley – A hamlet in the northeastern corner of the town.

Central New York Maple Festival[edit]

The town holds an annual festival celebrating New York maple, its production, and its producers, and includes vendors, exhibitions, and concerts.[8][9]


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Marathon town, Cortland County, New York". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved December 16, 2014.
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 199.
  5. ^ The Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad in the Nineteenth Century, Thomas Townsend Taber, 1977, Lycoming Printing Company, Williamsport, PA
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  8. ^ * Cortland Standard article
  9. ^ "Welcome to Maple Weekend". New York State Maple Producers Association. Retrieved May 12, 2015.

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