SOURCE: Marathon Gold Corp.

Marathon Gold Corp.

December 14, 2016 07:00 ET

Marathon Drills 6.31 g/t over 17.0 meters in Deeper Zone of the Marathon Deposit, Valentine Lake Gold Camp

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - December 14, 2016) - Marathon Gold Corporation ("Marathon" or the "Company") (TSX: MOZ) is very pleased to announce continued growth of the underground high-grade zone of the Marathon Deposit, Valentine Lake Gold Camp. The new deeper drilling succeeded in intersecting wide intervals of high-grade gold at depth including 6.31 g/t Au (uncut) over 17.0 meters in MA-16-149 and 7.77 g/t Au over 5.0 meters in extended MA-16-115. The overall strike length of the deeper mineralized zone of the Marathon Deposit now exceeds 400 meters (Figure 1). Drilling success was also achieved in shallow infill drilling, hanging-wall drilling and southwest step-out drilling with infill drill hole MA-16-146 intersecting 2.22 g/t Au over 24.0 meters including 14.78 g/t Au over 2.0 meters as well as 3.39 g/t Au over 6.0 meters, hanging-wall drill hole MA-16-139 intersecting 11.63 g/t Au (uncut) over 10.0 meters including 55.91 g/t Au (uncut) over 2.0 meters and 2.17 g/t Au over 11.0 meters including 4.24 g/t Au over 5.0 meters, and step-out drill hole MA-16-144 intersecting 6.77 g/t Au over 6.0 meters including 17.29 g/t Au over 2.0 meters. The 50-100-meter-wide (TT) sub-vertical mineralized corridor of the Marathon Deposit is open along strike and now extends to depth in excess of 350 meters.

Drilling has now stopped for the Christmas season and will resume again in early January with two drills focused on developing more open-pit and underground resources in anticipated of the 2017 resource update.

Highlights:

  • Best intercepts in deeper drill holes MA-16-149, extended MA-16-115, and MA-16-147 included 7.33 g/t Au over 2.0 meters and 6.31 g/t Au (uncut) over 17.0 meters with 15.08 g/t Au (uncut) over 3.0 meters, 9.74 g/t Au over 2.0 meters and 14.56 g/t Au over 2.0 meters as well as 4.38 g/t Au over 4.0 meters and 3.57 g/t Au over 3.0 meters in MA-16-149; 3.11 g/t Au over 3.0 meters and 7.77 g/t Au over 5.0 meters in extended MA-16-115; and 3.32 g/t Au over 6.0 meters in MA-16-147. These new intercepts occur between 90 - 130 meters down-dip from previously drilling. The deeper higher-grade mineralized zone, intersected in previously released drill holes MA-16-101, 107, 111, 112, 113, 116, 127, 128, 130, 136 and MA-15-047 and 032, now has a strike length in excess of 400 meters (Figure 1).
  • Shallow infill drill holes targeted within the 2015 resource pit shell of the Marathon Deposit intersected significant gold intervals with MA-16-146 intersecting 2.22 g/t Au over 24.0 meters including 14.78 g/t Au over 2.0 meters as well as 3.39 g/t Au over 6.0 meters, and MA-16-141 intersecting 2.01 g/t Au over 5.0 meters and 3.91 g/t Au over 3.0 meters.
  • Shallow drill holes collared northwest into the hanging wall of the Marathon Deposit intersected significant intervals of high grade gold with MA-16-139 returning intervals of 11.63 g/t Au (uncut) over 10.0 meters including 55.91 g/t Au (uncut) over 2.0 meters and 2.17 g/t Au over 11.0 meters including 4.24 g/t Au over 5.0 meters, and MA-16-140 with 3.05 g/t Au over 3.0 meters.
  • Step-out drilling 300 meters southwest of the 2015 resource pit shell of the Marathon Deposit succeeded in intersecting good intervals of high-grade good with MA-16-144 returning 6.77 g/t Au over 6.0 meters including 17.29 g/t Au over 2.0 meters as well as 2.91 g/t Au over 3.0 meters.
  • The 50-100 meter-wide and sub-vertical Marathon Deposit alteration and mineralized corridor, including the 2015 open pit resource shell, extends along strike for at least 1.7 kilometers (Figure 1). The 35,000-meter drill program will continue in early January 2017, with the goal of expanding gold resources at the Leprechaun, Sprite, Marathon and Victory Deposits as well as developing new resources at other exploration targets throughout the Valentine Lake Gold Camp.

"Marathon Gold Corporation has been extremely successful throughout 2016. The Company has had very positive drill results to be added to the forthcoming 2017 resource update, announced very positive new metallurgical results for both traditional milling and heap leach options at the Marathon and Leprechaun Deposits, and raised $8 M of flow through financing. Combined with $3 M in treasury. Marathon is positioned to aggressively continue exploring primarily with drill for new resources throughout 2017," said Phillip Walford, President and CEO of Marathon. "We thank all the Marathon crew for their dedication and hard-work in making 2016 such a successful exploration year, wish all a very Merry Christmas, and look forward to another successful exploration year as we focus on maximizing the forthcoming resource update planned for the second quarter of 2017."

TABLE 1: Significant fire assay intervals from drill holes MA-16-137, MA-16-139 to MA-16-142, MA-16-144, MA-16-146 to MA-16-149 and extended MA-16-115, Marathon Gold Deposit, Valentine Lake Gold Camp.

 
DDH  Section  From  To  Core Length (m)  True Width (m)  Gold g/t  Gold g/t (cut)
MA-16-137  17050  80  83  3  2.6  0.83   
      88  91  3  2.6  1.22   
MA-16-139  17070  102  105  3  2.4  1.29   
      112  123  11  8.8  2.17   
including     112  117  5  4.0  4.24   
      168  178  10  8.0  11.63  4.67
including     169  171  2  1.6  55.91  21.11
MA-16-140  17250  12  15  3  2.6  3.05   
MA-16-141  17280  21  26  5  4.3  2.01   
      54  57  3  2.6  3.91   
MA-16-142  17220  124  127  3  2.6  1.16   
MA-16-144  16800  89  95  6  4.8  6.77   
including     91  93  2  1.6  17.29   
      137  140  3  2.4  1.11   
      169  172  3  2.4  2.91   
MA-16-146  17200  22  46  24  19.2  2.22   
including     26  28  2  1.6  14.78   
      65  71  6  4.8  3.39   
      82  91  9  7.2  1.47   
MA-16-147  17310  419  425  6  5.4  3.32   
      429  432  3  2.7  2.06   
MA-16-148  16870  96  99  3  2.1  1.13   
MA-16-149  17090  181  186  5  4.5  5.27   
      232  235  3  2.7  2.89   
      261  264  3  2.7  1.60   
      304  308  4  3.6  2.19   
      356  403  47  42.3  2.93  2.80
including     368  370  2  1.8  7.33   
including     386  403  17  15.3  6.31  5.94
including     386  389  3  2.7  15.08  13.00
including     397  399  2  1.8  9.74   
including     401  403  2  1.8  14.56   
      426  430  4  3.6  4.38   
      434  437  3  2.7  3.57   
MA-16-115 Ext  17060  319  322  3  2.3  3.11   
      347  350  3  2.3  1.64   
      352  355  3  2.3  1.18   
      359  362  3  2.3  1.62   
      451  456  5  3.8  7.77   
               
  • No significant intervals in MA-16-138 and MA-16-145
  • MA-16-143 abandoned at 41m due to faulting

All of the samples were fire assayed at Eastern Analytical Laboratory Ltd., in Springdale, Newfoundland.

Marathon Gold Corporation acknowledges the financial support of the JEA Program, Department of Natural Resources, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Research and Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador has granted approximately 75% of the costs of the current metallurgical program to Marathon Gold and we appreciate this support.

Sherry Dunsworth, M.Sc., P. Geo., VP of Exploration, Marathon's Qualified Person, has reviewed the contents for accuracy and has approved this press release on behalf of Marathon.

About Marathon Gold Corporation

Marathon is a Toronto based gold resource company focused on its 100% owned Valentine Lake Gold Camp located in central Newfoundland. The Valentine Lake Gold Camp currently hosts four near-surface, mainly pit-shell constrained, gold resources totaling 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. For more information please visit www.marathon-gold.com.

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