Marathon Intersects New High Grade and Visible Gold at Leprechaun Deposit: 25
m of 4.58 g/t Au (cut) and 22 m of 2.78 g/t Au

TORONTO, April 8 /CNW/ - Marathon PGM Corporation (MAR-TSX) ("Marathon") reports further significant intersections of gold mineralization in the latest 6 drill holes at the Leprechaun Gold Deposit, Central Newfoundland ("Leprechaun Deposit"). Visible gold in a thick quartz-tourmaline vein stockwork was observed in all 6 drill holes (photo - http://www.marathonpgm.com/images/08-April-10visiblegold.jpg). Many of these intersections are near surface where no gold was indicated before and will add to the resource. The Valentine Lake Gold Project is being explored under an option and joint venture agreement between Marathon and Mountain Lake Resources Inc (TSX.v: MOA).

Highlights:

    
    -   best intervals include 25 m (true width) at 4.58 g/t Au (cut) in
        VL-10-160 and 22 m (true width) at 2.78 g/t Au in VL-10-159
    -   highest grade intersections include 123.68 g/t and 107.74 g/t over
        0.5 m and 0.54 m respectively, in hole VL-10-160
    -   all holes with the exception of VL-10-160 intersected mineralization
        on the margin or outside the current resource envelope, which will
        reduce strip ratio for open pit potential
    -   the next phase of drilling is set to commence in May
    

"Gold grades and intervals such as these are important because they will rapidly add ounces to the new resource," said David Good, VP of Exploration. "The gold mineralization is open along strike to the northeast and southwest, so we expect this system will get larger with more drilling."

    
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    Best                                        Core   True
    Main Zone                   From      To   Width  Width    Gold   Cut to
    Results    Section  Zone     (m)      (m)   (m)    (m)     (g/t)  58 g/t
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    VL-10-157   10,150    HW      56      60       4      3    1.00        -
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                10,150    HW   83.46      88    4.54    3.4    1.91        -
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                10,150     M     154     157       3    2.3    2.83        -
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    VL-10-158   10,250     M    40.4    46.2     5.8      5    1.30        -
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                10,250     M      60    66.2     6.2      6    1.32        -
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                10,250     M     102     105       3      2    1.01        -
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    VL-10-159   10,250     M    32.7    56.1    23.4     22    2.78        -
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    VL-10-160    9,950    HW     137     139       2      2   18.63  *17.82
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                 9,950     M     152     179      27     25    6.79   *4.58
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    including    9,950     M   152.5     160     7.5      7   19.43  *11.47
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       and       9,950     M     168     179      11     10    3.36        -
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       and       9,950     M   152.5     153     0.5    0.5  123.68    58.00
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       and       9,950     M   158.7  159.26    0.54    0.5  107.74    58.00
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    VL-10-161   10,300     M      12      19       7      5    1.89        -
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                10,300     M    34.6      51    16.4     16    0.95        -
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    VL-10-162   10,275     M      33    36.1     3.1    3.1    2.86        -
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                10,275     M      40    48.4     8.4    8.4    1.10        -
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    * 2 of the reported assay values were cut to the historical cut value
        of 58 g/t Au; All assay results over 30g/t are assayed twice and the
        resultant average is shown in the table; M - Main Zone, HW - Hanging
        Wall, Sed - Sediments
    

Leprechaun Deposit Drilling

Marathon completed 33 drill holes totaling 3,998 m of NQ core during phase 1 of the 2010 drilling program (drill hole location map - http://www.marathonpgm.com/images/valentinelakedrillmap.jpg). Visible gold associated with 2-5 % fine disseminated to coarse cubic pyrite in a quartz-tourmaline stockwork was identified in all holes.

Visible gold was observed in previously released drill holes VL-10-138, -145 (photo - http://www.marathonpgm.com/images/visiblegoldvl145.jpg), -147 and -149. The intervals reported here are new gold intersections which confirm near surface mineralization as well as down dip and along strike extension of the mineralized zone.

Marathon previously announced the presence of gold mineralization in the footwall sediments at the Leprechaun Deposit as an underexplored host environment. Holes VL-10-152, -154, -155 and -156 all intersected gold mineralization in the sediments, increasing the importance of exploring the footwall as a new potential source for gold.

Leprechaun Deposit

To date, the Leprechaun Deposit is the first defined gold resource within the highly prospective Valentine Lake Gold Project ("Valentine Lake"). The Leprechaun Deposit has an NI 43-101 compliant inferred mineral resource of 1,314,780 tonnes grading 10.50 g/t gold using a 5 g/t gold minimum cut-off and a 3 metre minimum width for a total estimated mineral resource of 443,000 ounces of gold. Cutting individual assays to 58 g/t gold, the average grade is 8.51 g/t gold, for a total estimated mineral resource of 359,000 ounces of gold at the cut grade. The Leprechaun Deposit is open at depth and along strike. The resource estimate of the Leprechaun Deposit presented in the NI 43-101 Technical Report dated January 12, 2005 was performed by Larry Pilgrim, P. Geo. a Qualified Person (see: NI 43-101 Valentine Lake Technical Report).

Marathon is exploring Valentine Lake under an option and joint venture agreement between Marathon and Mountain Lake Resources Inc (TSX.v: MOA). Please see Marathon's OJVA press release of December 23, 2009 by clicking http://www.marathonpgm.com/news/2009/231209.pdf

All of the samples were sent to Eastern Analytical Laboratory Ltd., in Springdale, Newfoundland. Samples were assayed using lead collection fire assay with AA (atomic absorption) finish. Results from fire assay are used for drill hole planning only. Duplicate assays were made on all assays above 30 gpt. Assay results for the planned updated resource calculation will be determined by a metallic screening process to be conducted at a later date. Due to the coarse nature of the gold at the Leprechaun Deposit, the metallic screening method has demonstrated an increase in the gold values of up to 30% over standard fire assay techniques.

David Good, Ph.D., P.Geo., VP of Exploration is Marathon's Qualified Person in compliance with National Instrument 43-101 with respect to this release. Dr. Good has reviewed the contents for accuracy and has approved this press release on behalf of Marathon.

About Marathon PGM Corporation:

Marathon is exploring resource development potential in the immediate vicinity of the Marathon deposit to expand mine life of the planned large tonnage, open pit mining operation. The Marathon deposit is one of the largest PGM-Cu reserves in Canada and is expected to grow with development of additional nearby resources. Marathon's optimized P+P reserve of 91.45 million tonnes grading 0.832 g/t Pd, 0.237 g/t Pt, 0.085 g/t Au, 0.247% Cu and 1.44 g/t Ag, contains 2.44 million ounces of Pd, 696,000 ounces of Pt, 251,000 ounces of Au, 497 million lbs of Cu and 4.23 million ounces of Ag. Marathon also has development and exploration stage properties in southeastern Manitoba and western Newfoundland, respectively. Marathon's management plans to build on its experience through the advancement of its properties and by examining other strategic opportunities. Mountain Lake has a 30% interest in the Valentine Lake Gold Property with an option to acquire the remaining 70% interest from Richmont Mines Inc. and a subsequent sub-option and joint venture agreement whereby Marathon PGM Corp. can earn a 50% in the property.

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SOURCE MARATHON PGM CORPORATION

For further information: For further information: David Leng, P.Geo., Tel: (416) 849-3432, dleng@marathonpgm.com

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