Staged annually on the first weekend in July, the Gold Coast Marathon motivates and challenges around 28,000 people of all ages and abilities.
Included on the weekend’s program is the marathon, a half marathon, a 10km Run, a 5.7km challenge and junior dash races for the kids over 4km and 2km.
Runners crave the magnificent running conditions on the Gold Coast in winter, as well as the flat, fast and beautiful course that runs alongside the Pacific Ocean surf beaches and broadwater.
The Gold Coast Marathon is officially accredited by Athletics Australia and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and is a member of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS). It is the first Australian marathon to be awarded an IAAF Road Race Gold Label. It annually assembles a quality field of elite runners pursuing a slice of the large prizemoney pool and the various championships on offer.
Most of the event’s participants take part for the personal challenge, the experience of a vibrant community event and embracing a healthy and active lifestyle. The Gold Coast Marathon is also great to participate in as a group and offers a streamlined entry system for teams of 20 or more.
Thousands of spectators cheer the runners home with roving musicians and entertainers around the course creating an amazing atmosphere called ‘Runspiration’. Before the event, runners can check out the ASICS Sport & Leisure Expo at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre and buy a ticket to the Garmin Legends Lunch, annually attended by Australian running legends Rob de Castella, Steve Moneghetti, Benita Willis, Lee Troop and Pat Carroll.
For more details, head to goldcoastmarathon.com.au