5 keys to preparing well for your first marathon
Brad Beer provides his five key tips to help prepare you for your first marathon at the Gold Coast Marathon.
Since it’s inception in 1979, the Gold Coast Airport Marathon has hosted thousands of runners aiming for personal glory while enjoying the coastline that is famous for fun.
Still deciding? Here are seven reasons to take part in Australia’s leading marathon:
The Gold Coast Airport Marathon provides people of all ages and abilities with a personal challenge. It could be to run a distance, run a personal best time, fundraise for a cause or just run.
The marathon course runs next to the Gold Coast’s surf beaches and broadwater and has a reputation as one of the flattest and fastest courses in the world. The weather conditions are traditionally great for running with low humidity, little or no wind in the morning and mild temperatures. It’s ideal if you’re striving for a personal best time.
In 2014, the Gold Coast Airport Marathon became the first marathon in Australia to be awarded an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Road Race Gold Label, putting it in esteemed international company alongside races such as the New York City Marathon, Berlin Marathon and Tokyo Marathon.
You will be inspired and motivated by the huge crowds lined along the streets of the Gold Coast from the start line all the way to the grandstand finish.
Finishers are rewarded for their personal achievement with a commemorative medal, shirt and certificate. They’re collectors’ items for those who come back from year-to-year or travel to running events around the world.
Fundraise for the official charity Cancer Council Queensland or for a charity of your choice through the Everyday Hero fundraising website.
It is one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations known for its sunshine, golden surf beaches, beautiful broadwater, popular restaurants and cafes, exciting theme parks and accommodation for all budgets. The city also welcomes international services directly from Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Auckland, Wellington, Queenstown, Christchurch and Hong Kong.