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Marathon is an Athletics Event that appears in the Nintendo 3DS version of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The objective of the event is to collect differently colored water bottles to earn points, with the winner of the event being the one at the end with the most.
Marathon appears as part of Challenge 6 in the Heroes Episode 1 Mario and Sonic, along with Pole Vault and 100m, where Sonic the Hedgehog must beat Fog Imposters of Mario, Luigi and Tails. It also appears as part of challenges 1 and 2 in Heroes Episode 5, The Promise to Toad, where Mario must beat Fog Impostors of Luigi, Tails and Sonic in it as well as 100m and 100m Freestyle, and Sonic must beat Fog Imposters of Mario, Luigi and Tails in it with Modern Pentathlon and 20km Race Walk.
In this event, the four characters run one after another towards a table with four water bottles on it, with each character being in a different position every round. When the player's character approaches the table, a red cursor in the shape of a bottle outline appears, which moves along at the same speed as the character. When the cursor turns white, the player can press to grab the bottle, and will gain the number of points that the bottle is worth. White ones are worth one point, blue ones are worth three and rainbow colored ones are worth five. There are a total of four rounds, meaning that the player can get a maximum of 20 points. However, in all Story Mode versions of the event, there is only one round, and the white bottles are worth 5 points, the blue ones are worth 10 points and the rainbow colored ones are worth 15 points.
1) Grab bottle: Press the A Button.