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Marathon Gold Reports Latest Drill Results from the Berry and Victory Deposits, Valentine Gold Project

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Figure 1

Location Map, Valentine Gold Project
Location Map, Valentine Gold Project

Figure 2

Location of Berry Deposit Exploration Drill Hole Collars VL-21-1160 to VL-21-1183
Location of Berry Deposit Exploration Drill Hole Collars VL-21-1160 to VL-21-1183

Figure 3

Long Section of the Berry Deposit (View NW) Incorporating all Drilling up to and Including VL-21-1183, Representing 99,986 metres, and Assays Above 0.3 g/t Au.
Long Section of the Berry Deposit (View NW) Incorporating all Drilling up to and Including VL-21-1183, Representing 99,986 metres, and Assays Above 0.3 g/t Au.

Figure 4

Location of Victory Deposit Exploration Drill Hole Collars VGD-21-067 to VGD-21-085
Location of Victory Deposit Exploration Drill Hole Collars VGD-21-067 to VGD-21-085

Figure 5

Long Section of the Victory Deposit (View NW) Incorporating all Drilling up to VGD-21-085, Representing 19,050 metres, and Assays Above 0.3 g/t Au (top) and 0.1 g/t Au (bottom).
Long Section of the Victory Deposit (View NW) Incorporating all Drilling up to VGD-21-085, Representing 19,050 metres, and Assays Above 0.3 g/t Au (top) and 0.1 g/t Au (bottom).

Figure 6

Cross Section 14320E (View NE) with Significant (>0.7 g/t Au) Intercepts, Berry Deposit, Valentine Gold Project.
Cross Section 14320E (View NE) with Significant (>0.7 g/t Au) Intercepts, Berry Deposit, Valentine Gold Project.

Figure 7

Cross Section 14320E (View NE) with all Fire Assay Data, Berry Deposit, Valentine Gold Project.
Cross Section 14320E (View NE) with all Fire Assay Data, Berry Deposit, Valentine Gold Project.

Results include 1.72 g/t Au over 83m, 4.04 g/t Au over 26m,
7.18 g/t Au over 13m, 43.88 g/t Au over 2m, 2.58 g/t Au over 18m

TORONTO, April 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Marathon Gold Corporation (“Marathon” or the “Company”; TSX: MOZ) is pleased to report the latest drill assay results from the Valentine Gold Project in central Newfoundland (the “Project”). The latest drill results represent fire assay data from the final twenty-four diamond drill holes completed as part of the 2021 in-fill drill campaign at the Berry Deposit and an additional four holes from 2021 drilling at the Victory Deposit.

Berry highlights include:

  • VL-21-1181 intersected 1.72 g/t Au over 83 metres including 24.12 g/t Au over 1 metre and including 21.57 g/t Au over 1 metre and including 19.84 g/t Au over 1 metre, and 14.86 g/t Au over 1 metre;

  • VL-21-1160 intersected 7.18 g/t Au over 13 metres including 81.81 g/t Au over 1 metre, and 48.13 g/t Au over 2 metres including 95.07 g/t Au over 1 metre, and 18.08 g/t Au over 2 metres including 29.60 g/t Au over 1 metre;

  • VL-21-1169 intersected 4.04 g/t Au over 26 metres including 34.30 g/t Au over 2 metres, and 13.47 g/t Au over 1 metre;

  • VL-21-1183 intersected 43.88 g/t Au over 2 metres, and 4.49 g/t Au over 4 metres including 12.27 g/t Au over 1 metre;

  • VL-21-1172 intersected 2.46 g/t Au over 15 metres including 16.62 g/t Au over 1 metre, and 0.93 g/t Au over 13 metres, and 12.54 g/t Au over 1 metre; and

  • VL-21-1161 intersected 2.58 g/t Au over 18 metres including 16.24 g/t Au over 1 metre and including 14.10 g/t Au over 1 metre, and 12.05 g/t Au over 1 metre.

Victory highlights include:

  • VGD-21-083 intersected 1.70 g/t Au over 26 metres, and 1.78 g/t Au over 16 metres including 10.00 g/t Au over 1 metre;

All quoted intersections comprise uncut gold assays in core lengths. All significant assay intervals are reported in Tables 1 and 2.

Matt Manson, President and CEO, commented: “Today’s results are from the final drill holes completed at Berry during our 2021 exploration program. Once again, we are reporting multiple long intercepts of high-grade mineralisation. We have now released fire assay data from a total of approximately 100,000 metres of drilling at Berry, which represents all drill holes completed to the end of November 2021. This will be the dataset used in our next Mineral Resource update. Consistent with previous practice, this new estimate will be based on metallic screen fire assaying performed on core samples with elevated gold grades after conventional fire assay. We currently estimate the completion of this work by mid-year, subject to the receipt of these metallic screen data.” Mr. Manson continued: “We are also reporting four additional holes from the Victory Deposit drilled in 2021. One of these, VGD-21-083, is the stand-out hole returned from this area during the 2021 program. We continue to be impressed by the scale of mineralisation seen in the Victory core, and the potential of the area to host additional large-scale mineralisation. Berry and Victory are the focus of our ongoing exploration drilling during 2022.”

Gold Mineralization at the Valentine Gold Project

Gold mineralization at the Valentine Gold Project is contained in Quartz-Tourmaline-Pyrite-Gold (“QTP-Au”) veins developed within granitoid rocks on the hanging wall, or northwest, side of the Valentine Lake Shear Zone (“VLSZ”; Figure 1). Up to four orientations of veins have been measured, with shallowly southwest dipping “Set 1” QTP-Au veins observed to be dominant in both abundance and gold content. At the Leprechaun, Marathon and Berry Deposits, Set 1 QTP-Au veins form densely stacked corridors of mineralization referred to as “Main Zones”. The extent and scale of these mineralised corridors appear related to the size and frequency of sheared mafic dykes which extend northeast-southwest within the granitoid rocks, parallel to the shear zone. In addition to the dominant en-echelon Set 1 veins found in the other deposits, the Victory Deposit displays networked tourmaline veining which infills fracturing in the granitoid intrusives.

Figure 1: Location Map, Valentine Gold Project

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Berry Deposit Drill Results

The results released today are derived from twenty-four drill holes located between sections 13270E and 14470E. Thirteen of these drill holes are located within the western conceptual pit utilized in the April 2021 Berry Mineral Resource Estimate (Figure 2). Eleven holes were located in the linkage area between the western and eastern conceptual pit shells. Thirteen holes (VL-21-1161, 1162, 1164, 1166, 1167, 1168, 1169, 1170, 1171, 1172, 1174, 1177 and 1181) were oriented steeply to the northwest testing for Main Zone-type stacked QTP-Au mineralization in “Set 1” vein orientations. Eleven holes (VL-21-1160, 1163, 1165, 1173, 1175, 1176, 1178, 1179, 1180, 1182 and 1183) were oriented more shallowly towards the SE to better define the thickness of the mineralized zones and the location of the VLSZ, and to test for mineralisation at greater depth.

Twenty-three of the twenty-four drill holes returned “significant” drill intercepts of greater than 0.7 g/t Au (Table 1). All holes returned additional intercepts with gold grades above the 0.3 g/t Au cut-off used in the April 2021 Berry Mineral Resource estimate.

Figure 2: Location of Berry Deposit Exploration Drill Hole Collars VL-21-1160 to VL-21-1183

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The 2021 infill drill program at the Berry Deposit has been conducted with the objective of achieving an approximate 25 metre drill spacing over Berry’s Main Zone of dense mineralisation and extending drill coverage into the Berry hanging-wall to the northwest and down to a vertical depth of 300 metres. Figure 3 illustrates the extent to which this has been achieved, in long section, after approximately 100,000 metres of assay results.

Of note in the latest drilling, drill hole VL-21-1181 returned significant mineralisation over an 83 metre intercept starting at 280 metres downhole between the western and eastern conceptual pit shells (Figure 2 and Table 1). This confirms and extends a particularly dense zone of mineralisation in the centre of the 1.5 kilometre long Berry Deposit that has an apparent north-easterly plunge and is open at depth. This is illustrated in the long section of Figure 3, and the cross sections of Figures 6 and 7.

Figure 3: Long Section of the Berry Deposit (View NW) Incorporating all Drilling up to and Including VL-21-1183, Representing 99,986 metres, and Assays Above 0.3 g/t Au.

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Table 1: Significant Assay Intervals from Drill Hole Collars VL-21-1160 to VL-21-1183, Berry Deposit, Valentine Gold Project

DDH

Section

Az

Dip

From

To

Core
Length
(m)

True
Thickness
(m)

Gold g/t

Gold
g/t (cut)

VL-21-1160

14110E

163

-70

67

68

1

0.85

0.82

82

83

1

0.85

0.81

87

100

13

11.05

7.18

3.19

Including

99

100

1

0.85

81.81

30

105

106

1

0.85

0.89

108

109

1

0.85

0.97

139

140

1

0.85

0.73

161

163

2

1.70

0.99

167

169

2

1.70

48.13

15.6

Including

168

169

1

0.85

95.07

30

176

177

1

0.85

3.77

186

188

2

1.70

18.08

Including

187

188

1

0.85

29.60

VL-21-1161

13600E

346

-77

88

89

1

0.90

12.05

141

142

1

0.90

0.76

148

151

3

2.70

2.60

157

175

18

16.20

2.58

Including

161

162

1

0.90

16.24

Including

164

165

1

0.90

14.10

VL-21-1162

13520E

344

-69

9

11

2

1.70

0.86

79

80

1

0.85

1.18

VL-21-1163

13520E

164

-53

73

75

2

1.60

0.08

77

78

1

0.80

0.94

142

143

1

0.80

2.29

168

169

1

0.80

0.89

VL-21-1164

14240E

345

-77

6

12

6

5.40

0.92

15

16

1

0.90

16.24

20

21

1

0.90

1.44

29

30

1

0.90

6.09

38

39

1

0.90

0.83

59

60

1

0.90

4.17

VL-21-1165

14130E

165

-70

79

80

1

0.85

4.92

87

88

1

0.85

19.09

115

116

1

0.85

0.90

151

152

1

0.85

1.02

157

164

7

5.95

1.25

172

173

1

0.85

1.01

VL-21-1166

13580E

343

-77

143

166

23

20.70

1.45

Including

145

146

1

0.90

15.66

VL-21-1167

13500E

343

-64

22

23

1

0.85

19.32

43

44

1

0.85

0.91

63

64

1

0.85

1.39

66

67

1

0.85

0.79

75

76

1

0.85

1.55

VL-21-1168

14220E

349

-73

34

36

2

1.80

1.41

198

204

6

5.40

1.85

214

217

3

2.70

1.61

229

231

2

1.80

2.64

237

245

8

7.20

1.64

VL-21-1169

14130E

338

-76

79

80

1

0.90

0.93

91

92

1

0.90

1.76

123

124

1

0.90

13.47

173

174

1

0.90

1.33

181

183

2

1.80

2.45

217

243

26

23.40

4.04

3.19

Including

232

234

2

1.80

34.30

30

250

251

1

0.90

1.53

254

255

1

0.90

0.81

263

269

6

5.40

2.02

289

290

1

0.90

0.72

291

292

1

0.90

0.89

297

298

1

0.90

4.17

301

303

2

1.80

0.99

318

319

1

0.90

5.91

324

325

1

0.90

2.74

329

330

1

0.90

1.35

351

353

2

1.80

1.02

VL-21-1170

13490E

345

-79

8.71

10

1.29

1.16

0.89

44

45

1

0.90

4.60

52

53

1

0.90

4.18

56

58

2

1.80

2.11

72

78

6

5.40

1.05

83

84

1

0.90

1.25

92

93

1

0.90

1.31

100

101

1

0.90

1.21

107

108

1

0.90

13.15

135

136

1

0.90

1.10

146

149

3

2.70

1.08

VL-21-1171

13620E

343

-55

18

22

4

3.20

2.65

40

41

1

0.80

29.86

50

51

1

0.80

1.83

57

59

2

1.60

0.85

64

67

3

2.40

1.56

75

77

2

1.60

1.50

117

118

1

0.80

1.44

120

121

1

0.80

1.35

123

124

1

0.80

1.12

179

198

19

15.20

1.32

VL-21-1172

14180E

346

-78

75

77

2

1.80

3.35

84

85

1

0.90

12.54

115

128

13

11.70

0.93

135

136

1

0.90

0.88

151

156

5

4.50

1.05

165

166

1

0.90

1.06

178

180

2

1.80

0.77

193

208

15

13.50

2.46

Including

198

199

1

0.90

16.62

212

213

1

0.90

0.84

219

220

1

0.90

0.73

222

223

1

0.90

0.89

251

253

2

1.80

0.87

VL-21-1173

13500E

163

-74

70

71

1

0.90

0.88

72

74

2

0.81

0.75

104

128

24

0.73

1.52

161

171

10

0.66

0.89

187

189

2

0.59

8.44

Including

188

189

1

0.53

10.52

205

210

5

0.48

1.10

222

224

2

0.43

1.84

VL-21-1175

14380E

165

-67

185

186

1

0.85

0.85

188

189

1

0.85

1.26

250

251

1

0.85

1.01

313

315

2

1.70

1.69

VL-21-1176

13720E

163

-65

116

118

2

1.70

1.01

122

125

3

2.55

2.03

169

170

1

0.85

36.37

30

176

178

2

1.70

0.89

189

191

2

1.70

1.67

249

251

2

1.70

2.15

304

305

1

0.85

2.90

VL-21-1177

14270E

342

-75

23

24

1

0.90

1.25

147

149

2

1.80

7.46

Including

148

149

1

0.90

12.22

199

200

1

0.90

0.79

205

206

1

0.90

2.32

209

211

2

1.80

3.82

VL-21-1178

13270E

164

-70

11

13

2

1.70

1.46

24

25

1

0.85

1.10

66

68

2

1.70

1.87

197

198

1

0.85

0.83

226

227

1

0.85

0.73

VL-21-1179

13600E

167

-76

10

11

1

0.90

1.02

17

20

3

2.70

1.62

25

26

1

0.90

3.95

41

50

9

8.10

5.38

Including

43

44

1

0.90

12.78

83

84

1

0.90

2.65

99

102

3

2.70

5.51

Including

100

101

1

0.90

11.34

243

244

1

0.90

1.31

268

269

1

0.90

0.81

VL-21-1180

14470E

164

-61

49

52

3

2.55

1.40

167

169

2

1.70

0.91

210

211

1

0.85

0.98

214

216

2

1.70

0.72

222

224

2

1.70

10.20

Including

222

223

1

0.85

14.22

265

266

1

0.85

0.75

VL-21-1181

14320E

342

-77

84

85

1

0.90

9.82

97

99

2

1.80

0.89

116

117

1

0.90

14.86

122

124

2

1.80

0.95

137

138

1

0.90

1.26

142

143

1

0.90

0.75

144

145

1

0.90

1.13

270

271

1

0.90

1.17

280

363

83

74.70

1.72

Including

297

298

1

0.90

21.57

Including

305

306

1

0.90

24.12

Including

310

311

1

0.90

19.84

373

374

1

0.90

0.77

383

384

1

0.90

0.71

385

386

1

0.90

0.71

393

395

2

1.80

0.83

VL-21-1182

13600E

163

-63

108

118

10

8.50

1.66

127

128

1

0.85

1.45

164

185

21

17.85

1.18

199

200

1

0.85

0.70

208

209

1

0.85

2.26

219

236

17

14.45

1.07

310

311

1

0.85

0.79

343

345

2

1.70

0.75

351

352

1

0.85

0.82

VL-21-1183

14220E

164

-63

189

191

2

1.70

43.88

25.05

192

196

4

3.40

0.86

207

208

1

0.85

2.61

211

215

4

3.40

4.49

Including

213

214

1

0.85

12.27

234

235

1

0.85

2.77

261

263

2

1.70

1.45

Notes on the Calculation of Assay Intervals

  1. “Significant” assay intervals are defined as 1m core length or more of mineralization with an average fire assay result of greater than 0.7 g/t Au, representing the bottom cut-off for high-grade mill feed in the Marathon April 2021 Feasibility Study mine plan. Assay intervals with an average fire assay result of between 0.3 g/t Au and 0.7 g/t Au are above the cut-off used in the April 2021 Mineral Resource estimate for the Berry Deposit but are not considered “significant” for the purposes of this news release.

  2. Cut gold grades are calculated at 30 g/t Au.

  3. No significant results in drill hole VL-21-1174.

Victory Deposit Drill Results

In total, twenty-eight drill holes were completed at the Victory Deposit in 2021. Results from twenty-two were reported previously (Marathon news release dated March 10, 2022), and a further four are reported here. The new exploration program was focussed to the southwest of the area of historical drilling and the existing mineral resources (Figure 4). The objective was to test for a “Main Zone” type configuration of gold mineralization adjacent to the VLSZ, as seen at the Leprechaun and Berry Deposits. The holes were located within hanging-wall Precambrian granitoid rocks and oriented predominantly to the southeast to define the younger Rogerson Lake Conglomerate at the shear zone contact.

The 2021 Victory drilling has revealed the Project’s characteristic QTPV-Au “Set 1” extensional veins with visible gold. However, Victory also exhibits flooded tourmaline-rich mineralization in highly altered stockwork configurations, a style seen at the nearby Marathon Deposit. The presence of such extensive zones of tourmaline-rich stockworks points to an intense local supply of gold mineralizing fluid that has resulted in gold mineralization at lower grades over broad lengths. To illustrate this, Figure 5 presents gold mineralization at the Victory Deposit in long section using the conventional 0.3 g/t Au bottom cut-off (top image) and with a 0.1 g/t Au cut-off (bottom image).

Three of the four drill holes returned “significant” drill intercepts of greater than 0.7 g/t Au (Table 2). All four holes returned additional intercepts with gold grades above the 0.3 g/t Au cut-off used in the Project’s Mineral Resource estimates.

Amongst the four drill holes released today, hole VGD-21-083 has returned the most significant mineralisation observed at Victory during the 2021 program, with intercepts of 1.78 g/t Au over 16 metres starting at 122 metres and 1.70 g/t Au over 26 metres starting at 176 metres. Mineralization at Victory remains open to the northeast and southwest, as well as at depth. Results from two further drill holes at Victory completed during 2021 remain outstanding.

Figure 4: Location of Victory Deposit Exploration Drill Hole Collars VGD-21-067 to VGD-21-085

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Figure 5: Long Section of the Victory Deposit (View NW) Incorporating all Drilling up to VGD-21-085, Representing 19,050 metres, and Assays Above 0.3 g/t Au (top) and 0.1 g/t Au (bottom).

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Table 2: Significant Assay Intervals from Drill Hole Collars VGD-21-067 to VGD-21-085, Victory Deposit, Valentine Gold Project

DDH

Section

Az

Dip

From

To

Core
Length
(m)

True
Thickness
(m)

Gold g/t

Gold
g/t (cut)

VGD-21-069

21130E

135

-56

15

16

1

6.82

23

24

1

5.66

26

27

1

1.30

44

45

1

2.50

53

55

2

0.72

60

62

2

8.51

75

78

3

1.51

84

85

1

1.63

VGD-21-083

21110E

135

-60

95

96

1

0.98

122

138

16

1.78

Including

128

129

1

10.00

176

202

26

1.70

229

231

2

1.43

273

274

1

1.68

VGD-21-085

21260E

133

-84

72

74

2

5.52

77

78

1

1.03

168

172

4

1.06

Notes on the Calculation of Assay Intervals

  1. “Significant” assay intervals are defined as 1m core length or more of mineralization with an average fire assay result of greater than 0.7 g/t Au, representing the bottom cut-off for high-grade mill feed in the Marathon April 2021 Feasibility Study mine plan. Assay intervals with an average fire assay result of between 0.3 g/t Au and 0.7 g/t Au are above the cut-off used in the April 2021 Mineral Resource estimate for the Berry Deposit but are not considered “significant” for the purposes of this news release.

  2. Cut gold grades are calculated at 30 g/t Au.

  3. No significant results in drill hole VGD-21-067.

Figure 6: Cross Section 14320E (View NE) with Significant (>0.7 g/t Au) Intercepts, Berry Deposit, Valentine Gold Project.

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Figure 7: Cross Section 14320E (View NE) with all Fire Assay Data, Berry Deposit, Valentine Gold Project.

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Qualified Persons

Disclosure of a scientific or technical nature in this news release was prepared under the supervision of Nicholas Capps, P.Geo. (NL), Manager of Exploration for Marathon Gold Corporation. Exploration data quality assurance and control for Marathon is under the supervision of Jessica Borysenko, P.Geo. (NL), GIS Manager for Marathon Gold Corporation. Both Mr. Capps and Ms. Borysenko are qualified persons under National Instrument (“NI”) 43-101. The Qualified Person responsible for the preparation of the April 2021 Mineral Resource estimate for the Berry Deposit is Robert Farmer, P.Eng. of John T Boyd Company. Mr. Farmer is considered to be “independent” of Marathon and the Valentine Gold Project for purposes of NI 43-101.

Quality Assurance-Quality Control (“QA/QC”)

QA/QC protocols followed at the Valentine Gold Project include the insertion of blanks and standards at regular intervals in each sample batch. Drill core is cut in half with one half retained at site, the other half tagged and sent to Eastern Analytical Limited in Springdale, NL. All reported core samples are analyzed for Au by fire assay (30g) with AA finish. All samples above 0.30 g/t Au in economically interesting intervals are further assayed using metallic screen to mitigate the presence of coarse gold. Significant mineralized intervals are reported in Table 1 as core lengths and estimated true thickness (70 - 95% of core length), and reported with and without a top-cut of 30 g/t Au applied.

About Marathon

Marathon (TSX:MOZ) is a Toronto based gold company advancing its 100%-owned Valentine Gold Project located in the central region of Newfoundland and Labrador, one of the top mining jurisdictions in the world. The Project comprises a series of five mineralized deposits along a 20-kilometre system. An April 2021 Feasibility Study outlined an open pit mining and conventional milling operation over a thirteen-year mine life with a 31.5% after-tax rate of return. The Project has estimated Proven Mineral Reserves of 1.40 Moz (29.68 Mt at 1.46 g/t) and Probable Mineral Reserves of 0.65 Moz (17.38 Mt at 1.17 g/t). Total Measured Mineral Resources (inclusive of the Mineral Reserves) comprise 1.92 Moz (32.59 Mt at 1.83 g/t) with Indicated Mineral Resources (inclusive of the Mineral Reserves) of 1.22 Moz (24.07 Mt at 1.57 g/t). Additional Inferred Mineral Resources are 1.64 Moz (29.59 Mt at 1.72 g/t Au). Please see Marathon’s Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2021 and other filings made with Canadian securities regulatory authorities and available at www.sedar.com for further details and assumptions relating to the Valentine Gold Project.

For more information, please contact:

Amanda Mallough
Senior Associate, Investor Relations
Tel: 416 855-8202
amallough@marathon-gold.com

Matt Manson
President & CEO
mmanson@marathon-gold.com

Julie Robertson
CFO
jrobertson@marathon-gold.com

To find out more information on Marathon Gold Corporation and the Valentine Gold Project, please visit www.marathon-gold.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information

Certain information contained in this news release, constitutes forward-looking information within the meaning of Canadian securities laws (“forward-looking statements”). All statements in this news release, other than statements of historical fact, which address events, results, outcomes or developments that Marathon expects to occur are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include statements that are predictive in nature, depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, or include words such as “expects”, “anticipates”, “plans”, “believes”, “estimates”, “considers”, “intends”, “targets”, or negative versions thereof and other similar expressions, or future or conditional verbs such as “may”, “will”, “should”, “would” and “could”. We provide forward-looking statements for the purpose of conveying information about our current expectations and plans relating to the future, and readers are cautioned that such statements may not be appropriate for other purposes. More particularly and without restriction, this news release contains forward-looking statements and information about the FS and the results therefrom (including IRR, NPV5%, Capex, FCF, AISC and other financial metrics), the realization of mineral reserve and mineral resource estimates, the future financial or operating performance of the Company and the Project, capital and operating costs, the ability of the Company to obtain all government approvals, permits and third-party consents in connection with the Company’s exploration, development and operating activities, the potential impact of COVID-19 on the Company, the Company’s ability to successfully advance the Project and anticipated benefits thereof, economic analyses for the Valentine Gold Project, processing and recovery estimates and strategies, future exploration and mine plans, objectives and expectations and corporate planning of Marathon, future environmental impact statements and the timetable for completion and content thereof and statements as to management's expectations with respect to, among other things, the matters and activities contemplated in this news release.

Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions and accordingly, actual results and future events could differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. You are hence cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. In respect of the forward-looking statements concerning the interpretation of exploration results and the impact on the Project’s mineral resource estimate, the Company has provided such statements in reliance on certain assumptions it believes are reasonable at this time, including assumptions as to the continuity of mineralization between drill holes. A mineral resource that is classified as “inferred” or “indicated” has a great amount of uncertainty as to its existence and economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that any or part of an “indicated mineral resource” or “inferred mineral resource” will ever be upgraded to a higher category of mineral resource. Investors are cautioned not to assume that all or any part of mineral deposits in these categories will ever be converted into proven and probable mineral reserves.

By its nature, this information is subject to inherent risks and uncertainties that may be general or specific and which give rise to the possibility that expectations, forecasts, predictions, projections or conclusions will not prove to be accurate, that assumptions may not be correct and that objectives, strategic goals and priorities will not be achieved. Factors that could cause future results or events to differ materially from current expectations expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements include risks and uncertainties relating to the interpretation of drill results, the geology, grade and continuity of mineral deposits and conclusions of economic evaluations; uncertainty as to estimation of mineral resources; inaccurate geological and metallurgical assumptions (including with respect to the size, grade and recoverability of mineral resources); the potential for delays or changes in plans in exploration or development projects or capital expenditures, or the completion of feasibility studies due to changes in logistical, technical or other factors; the possibility that future exploration, development, construction or mining results will not be consistent with the Company’s expectations; risks related to the ability of the current exploration program to identify and expand mineral resources; risks relating to possible variations in grade, planned mining dilution and ore loss, or recovery rates and changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined; operational mining and development risks, including risks related to accidents, equipment breakdowns, labour disputes (including work stoppages and strikes) or other unanticipated difficulties with or interruptions in exploration and development; risks related to the inherent uncertainty of production and cost estimates and the potential for unexpected costs and expenses; risks related to commodity and power prices, foreign exchange rate fluctuations and changes in interest rates; the uncertainty of profitability based upon the cyclical nature of the mining industry; risks related to failure to obtain adequate financing on a timely basis and on acceptable terms or delays in obtaining governmental or other stakeholder approvals or in the completion of development or construction activities; risks related to environmental regulation and liability, government regulation and permitting; risks relating to the Company’s ability to attract and retain skilled staff; risks relating to the timing of the receipt of regulatory and governmental approvals for continued operations and future development projects; political and regulatory risks associated with mining and exploration; risks relating to the potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company and the mining industry; changes in general economic conditions or conditions in the financial markets; and other risks described in Marathon’s documents filed with Canadian securities regulatory authorities, including the Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2021.

You can find further information with respect to these and other risks in Marathon’s Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2021 and other filings made with Canadian securities regulatory authorities available at www.sedar.com. Other than as specifically required by law, Marathon undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, whether as a result of new information, future events or results otherwise.


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