Marathon Intersects Multiple High-Grade Intervals while Underground Targeting at the Leprechaun Gold Deposit

TORONTO, May 1, 2013 /CNW/ - Marathon Gold Corporation ("Marathon" or the "Company") (MOZ: TSX) today announced multiple high-grade gold intersections from step-out drilling located 50 to 110 meters down dip on section of previous Marathon drilling in the Main Zone, Leprechaun Gold Deposit, Valentine Lake Project, Newfoundland (Figure 1). This new drilling continues to define and expand high-grade ore shoots within the open pit and targets expanding the underground resource areas of the Main Zone, Leprechaun Gold Deposit.

Highlights include:

  • Main Zone high-grade gold intercept: 8.30 g/t Au (cut) over 6.65 meters (TT) with 35.00 g/t Au over 0.95 meters (TT) in VL-13-534.
  • Main Zone high-grade gold intercept: 9.20 g/t Au (cut) over 2.85 meters (TT) with 24.90 g/t Au over 0.95 meters (TT) in VL-13-533.
  • Main Zone high-grade gold intercept: 6.46 g/t Au (cut) over 3.80 meters (TT) with 25.48 g/t Au over 0.95 meters (TT) in VL-13-529.
  • Hanging Wall Zone high-grade gold intercepts: 20.39 g/t Au (cut) over 3.00 meters (TT) in VL-13-534 and 5.16 g/t Au over 4.00 meters (TT) with 11.93 g/t Au over 1.00 meters (TT) in VL-13-531.
  • Future drilling at the Leprechaun Gold Deposit will target expanding the high grade underground zones.
  • An updated open pit and underground resource is expected in 3rd quarter of 2013 for the Leprechaun Gold Deposit.

"These high-grade gold intervals, targeted on areas with little previous drilling, are expected to contribute significantly to the continued growth of the open pit and underground resources at the Leprechaun Gold Deposit" said Phillip Walford, President and CEO of Marathon Gold.

TABLE 1: Significant Assay Intervals from drill holes at the Leprechaun Gold Deposit.

DDH Section Zone From To Core
Length (m)
TT (m) Gold
(g/t)
Uncut
Gold
(g/t)
Cut*
VL-13-529 10030 HW 120 123 3 3 0.59  
    MZ 262 265 3 2.85 1.88  
    MZ 278 282 4 3.8 6.46  
including   MZ 278 279 1 0.95 25.48  
VL-13-531 10470 HW 32 35 3 3 0.54  
    HW 84 88 4 4 5.16  
including   HW 85 86 1 1 11.93  
VL-13-532 9950 MZ 271 274 3 2.85 3.85  
    MZ 280 283 3 2.85 2.00  
VL-13-533 9970 MZ 203 207 4 4 1.60  
including   MZ 206 207 1 1 5.42  
    MZ 284 287 3 2.85 9.20  
including   MZ 286 287 1 0.95 24.90  
VL-13-534 10060 HW 4 7 3 3 0.62  
    HW 66 69 3 3 0.78  
    HW 108 111 3 3 21.01 20.39
    HW 109 110 1 1 36.84 35.00
    MZ 264 271 7 6.65 11.66 8.30
including   MZ 269 270 1 0.95 58.57 35.00

* Note the 35 g/t capping level in the Main Zone was determined by RPA for the latest 2012 resource.
** No significant intervals in VL-13-530 (condemnation hole).
***Hole VL-13-531 did not extend to the main zone of the deposit

The generalized 3-D model of the Leprechaun Gold Deposit showing all significant gold intercepts is available at http://www.corebox.net/properties/valentine-lake-project .

The Valentine Lake Project is 100% owned by Marathon Gold Corporation (July 9, 2012 news release). The 10,000 meter winter 2013 diamond drilling program announced on January 15, 2013 has been completed. All grades in this release did not require cutting, and all thicknesses are estimated true thicknesses.

All of the samples were analyzed at Eastern Analytical Laboratory Ltd., in Springdale, Newfoundland. Samples were assayed using lead collection fire assay with AA (atomic absorption) finish. Due to the coarse nature of the gold at the Leprechaun Gold Deposit, the metallic screening method is used on economically important intersections using standard fire assay techniques. The reported values in this release are fire assay results.

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 the Valentine Lake Project

Marathon Gold Corporation is the 100% owner of the Valentine Lake Project. The Leprechaun Gold Deposit is situated at the south-western end of the Valentine Lake Project, and the Valentine East Gold Zone is located 17 kilometers along strike running in a north-easterly direction.  The J. Frank Zone, which currently extends over an area in excess of 1.4 kilometers in length and 250 meters in width, is located up to 0.5 kilometers southwest along strike from the current Resource boundary of the Leprechaun Gold Deposit. These gold occurrences form part of a 23 kilometer long, highly prospective gold-bearing mineralized corridor focused along the Valentine Lake thrust fault.

About the Leprechaun Gold Deposit

The Leprechaun Gold Deposit has a NI 43-101 compliant Measured Resource of 3,033,000 tonnes grading 2.30 g/t AU and Indicated Resource of 6,505,000 tonnes grading 2.19 g/t Au, for a total estimated 682,000 ounces of Au (October 22, 2012 news release). The Inferred Resource is 1,959,000 tonnes grading 2.30 g/t Au, for an estimated 145,000 ounces of Au. This Resource was estimated using a 0.5 g/t Au minimum cut-off for open pit resources and 1.5 g/t Au for underground resources. The Leprechaun Gold Deposit is open at depth and along strike.

About Marathon Gold Corporation

Marathon Gold Corporation is a North American gold resource development company, with projects located in the mining friendly province of Newfoundland and Labrador, the prolific Coeur d'Alene Mining District of Idaho and the historic gold rich Greenhorn District of Oregon, USA.  Marathon has a project pipeline consisting of early stage exploration to advanced resource development projects. Marathon is continually evaluating new gold resource development projects of merit that are located within the Americas.  Marathon's focused and low-cost approach to exploration and resource development has an established record of delivering rapid growth.  For more information visit: www.marathon-gold.com

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Except for statements of historical fact relating to Marathon Gold Corporation, certain information contained herein constitutes "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", "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.  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. These risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to those identified and reported in Marathon Gold Corporation's public filings, which may be accessed at www.sedar.com.  Other than as specifically required by law, we undertake 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, results or otherwise.

 

 

Image with caption: "Figure 1: Location of new drill holes VL-13-529 to VL-13-534, Leprechaun Gold Deposit. (CNW Group/Marathon Gold Corporation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130501_C2404_PHOTO_EN_26224.jpg

SOURCE: Marathon Gold Corporation

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Marathon Gold Corporation

Christopher Haldane
Investor Relations Manager
Tel: 1-416-987-0714
E-mail: chaldane@marathon-gold.com

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