TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - September 26, 2016) - Marathon Gold Corporation ("Marathon" or the "Company") (TSX: MOZ) has completed the short column leaching test program to assess the heap leaching potential for both the Marathon and Leprechaun Deposits at the Valentine Gold Camp in central Newfoundland. The short column tests on samples crushed to minus half inch and minus three quarter inch have confirmed that rock containing 1.33 to 2.13 grams per tonne of gold is amenable to heap leaching technology.

The short column test program was completed by Thibault & Associates Inc. to confirm gold recoveries relative to time by the percolation of cyanide leach solution through crushed ore -- typical of heap leaching operations. Gold extraction over 130 days as illustrated by Figure 1 is in the range of 50% to 70%. The gold extraction characteristics of the Marathon Deposit suggest that a finer crush to half inch may be required to improve on gold extraction. Extraction of gold based on 130 day short column tests is summarized as follows.

Deposit  Crush size  Sample grade (g/t)  Gold recovery from
130 days of leaching
Leprechaun  -0.50"  1.66  72.7%
   -0.75"  1.33  69.6%
Marathon  -0.50"  1.83  66.0%
   -0.75"  2.13  53.9%

Phillip C. Walford, P. Geo., President and CEO of Marathon stated, "Completion of the short column test program has demonstrated that the Marathon and Leprechaun Deposits are amenable to heap leaching methods. We will look at further optimizing the heap leach recoveries. The solid column test results which are indicative of the heap leach recoveries and the stellar gold recoveries (+97%) by flotation followed by cyanidation of the concentrate and tails gives Marathon the opportunity to integrate one or both of the process to maximize the economics of the project. This is an option that few projects have. Marathon would like to thank Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador for their financial support in the development of the process technology for the Valentine Lake deposits."

Qualified Person

J. Dean Thibault, P. Eng., Senior Process Chemical Engineer and Principal of Thibault & Associates Inc., ( located in Fredericton, New Brunswick, is a registered professional engineer in Newfoundland and Labrador and is acting as a Qualified Person in compliance with National Instrument 43-101, with respect to the metallurgical information contained in this release and has reviewed the contents for accuracy.

About Marathon Gold Corporation

Marathon is a Toronto based gold resource company focused on its 100% owned Valentine Gold Camp located in central Newfoundland. The Valentine Gold Camp currently hosts four near-surface, mainly pit-shell constrained, gold resources totalling 1,060,100 oz. gold at 2.20 g/t (Measured & Indicated) and 200,000 oz. gold at 2.85 g/t (Inferred), (April 2015). These resources, open along strike and to depth, cover less than 10% of the total length of the highly prospective Valentine Lake Thrust Fault and associated splay faults which host the majority of the gold mineralization within the property.

Marathon acknowledges the financial support of the Junior Exploration Assistance Program, Department of Natural Resources, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador's support of Marathon's ongoing metallurgical research and development activities.

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President and Chief Executive Officer
Tel: 1-416-987-0711