Runners will also be able to taste the delights of The Star Gold Coast’s world-class chefs at the Garmin Legends Lunch on Saturday 1 July, an annual fixture as part of marathon weekend.
Events Management Queensland CEO Cameron Hart said The Star had been a Gold Coast institution for more than 30 years much like the event itself.
“We are delighted to have The Star Gold Coast increase its commitment with the Gold Coast Airport Marathon to be naming rights sponsor of the 5.7km Challenge as well as official event hotel,” Mr Hart said.
“The Star is a local Gold Coast institution which attracts visitors from around the world just like the Gold Coast Airport Marathon.
“Their sponsoring of the 5.7km Challenge enables us to continue to deliver a race popular with locals and visitors alike.”
Kaelani Hogan, Tamsyn Hogan, Vanessa Hogan, Adam Blake and Abby Blake will run the The Star Gold Coast 5.7km Challenge as part of the Blue Dragons team and will raise awareness for the Prostate Cancer Foundation
The Star Gold Coast 5.7km Challenge already holds a special and emotional significance for one local family.
The Hogan family from the northern Gold Coast will participate in The Star Gold Coast 5.7km Challenge in memory of their late father and grandfather Les Blake who was a long-time runner at the event.
The date of The Star Gold Coast 5.7km Challenge, 1 July 2017, marks exactly one year since Les lost his six-year battle with prostate cancer.
Daughter Vanessa Hogan said more than 10 members of the extended Blake family will take part this year in memory of Les and in support of the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
Vanessa Hogan and her family remember their late father and grandfather Les Blake who was a long-time runner at the event
“Dad loved this event as much as he loved running,” Vanessa said.
“It means so much for us to run together in his memory and for the anniversary of his passing.
“We plan to wear his finisher’s medals from past Gold Coast Airport Marathons in this year’s event.
“He will be so proud to see us all in the event he loved.”
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