Duran Ventures Inc.
TSX VENTURE : DRV

Duran Ventures Inc.
MacMillan Gold Corp.
TSX VENTURE : MMG

MacMillan Gold Corp.

March 17, 2008 10:42 ET

Duran Ventures and MacMillan Gold Report Positive Pasacancha Tunnel Results from Peru

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 17, 2008) - George A. Brown, CEO of both Duran Ventures Inc. (TSX VENTURE:DRV) and MacMillan Gold Corp. (TSX VENTURE:MMG), is pleased to provide the following tunnel sampling results from the Pasacancha Target in Ancash, Peru. Glenn O'Gorman, P.Eng., President of Duran and David Bending, P.Geo., VP of Duran and MacMillan Gold are both Qualified Persons as defined in National Policy 43-101 and are responsible for all technical information contained in this joint news release. In this release, the "Company" refers to the Peruvian company, Minera Aguila de Oro SAC, whose shares are registered 50% to MacMillan and 50% to Duran.

The following results are of systematic channel sampling, using a diamond saw to ensure good quality control and consistency in samples, in the 3,790 level tunnel. This constitutes a total sampled interval of 920 metres across the Pasacancha silver - lead - zinc mineralized system. The sampling included a zone of fresh (not altered or mineralized) porphyry in the northern 321 metres, along with a complex mineralized corridor including sheared and fractured siltstones, quartzites and porphyry with total sampled width of 348 metres (true width approximately 209 metres) with average values of 0.07 g Au/t, 78.9 g Ag/t, 1,085 ppm Cu (0.11%), 7,659 ppm Pb (0.77%), and 13,653 ppm Zn (1.37%). These wide complex mineralized intervals spanned structural zones of variable metal grades as documented in the table below.

Tunnel level 3,790 represents the company's first complete sampling traverse through the Pasacancha mineralized system, with a total of 930 metres (310 contiguous three meter channel samples) sampled along tunnels from the south side of the mountain at Pasacancha to the north side of the range at Choguebampa. The sampling excludes stoped and timbered areas from previous operations. Assays are pending from 14 samples representing 42 metres of weakly mineralized porphyry.

Within the mineralized section in the 3,790 tunnel, the sheared and mineralized siltstone intervals returned results of special interest including:

- 81.4 g Ag/t, 0.9% Pb, and 3.9% Zn across 15 metres (8 metres true width)

- 345.9 g Ag/t, 0.57% Pb, and 0.74% Zn across 23.4 metres (14 metres true width)

- 172.7g Ag/t, 2.0% Pb, and 1.6% Zn across 22.3 metres (13 metres true width)

The Company has completed systematic channel sampling using the same methods in the nearby Asuncion Tunnel (3,890 Level). Most of this tunnel traversed the low grade stockwork zone in porphyry, with 32.5 g Ag/t, 0.3% Pb, and 0.2% Zn across 219 metres (175.2 metres true width) followed by the transition into siltstone/shale hosted material which returned 54.62 g Ag/t, 0.74% Pb, and 0.6% Zn across 49.2 metres (39.52 metres true width). The Asuncion tunnel sampling from the 3,890 level did not traverse the same main mineralized corridor described above in the 3,790 level.

The Company has also completed sampling of other crosscuts and workings in the 3,790 level and also systematic sampling of the nearby Purisima tunnel. These additional results will be news released as they are received and processed. The Purisima and Asuncion tunnels were primarily development workings in the low grade stockwork zones in porphyry and do not represent the high grade mineralized corridor, but they provide important additional information to support the ongoing evaluation of this mineralized system.

All samples are delivered to the Lima laboratory of Inspectorate Services Peru SAC (a certified laboratory) for preparation and multi-element ICP analysis followed by AQR/AA assaying for base Metals and 30 gram FA/AA assaying for Au and Ag. The company has a QA/QC protocol in place including the use of duplicate sampling by outside labs, certified standards and blanks and secure care and custody of samples.

Investors are invited to visit the MacMillan Gold IR Hub at www.agoracom.com/IR/MacMillan where they can post questions and receive answers or review existing questions and answers. Investors may also email questions or request to be added to the investor email list at MMG@agoracom.com.

Duran Ventures Inc. and MacMillan Gold Corp. are Canadian resource companies
listed on the TSX Venture Exchanges: Symbols "DRV" & "MMG"

To view the Reported Results in Table Form, please visit the following link:

http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/drv317a.pdf

Sketch primarily to show the relative position and directions of the tunnels being sampled and reported:

To view a map of the Pasacancha Project, please visit the following link:

http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/pasacancha.pdf

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