Marathon, New York is a hamlet located in Dutchess County. It has a population of about 1,300 people and is situated about 10 miles south of Poughkeepsie, New York. The hamlet of Marathon was founded in 1884 as a result of a coal mining boom. The hamlet was so named due to the local mines, which produced much of the coal used to fuel the New York Central Railroad's locomotives, being blasted in twelve-hour shifts, reminiscent of the 26-mile distance of a modern day 'Marathon'. The village is best known for its scenic beauty as Marathon boasts numerous walking trails, as well as a lake offering fishing and boating opportunities. The hamlet also hosts many events throughout the year, including a triathlon and the annual "Hullabaloot" music festival. The hamlet is also the site of the Stipack Memorial Park, featuring a playground, skate park, and basketball courts.