The men’s ASICS Half Marathon will be headlined by the return of Rio 2016 Olympic Games and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games marathoner Liam Adams as well as World Championships representatives Jeff Hunt and Josh Harris.
It will be the fourth time Adams has raced in the ASICS Half Marathon where he has produced two of his fastest ever half marathon performances including his 2012 victory in 1:03:28 (PB) and his second place two years ago (1:03:29).
The 30-year-old Victorian will arrive on the Gold Coast in fine form after taking top honours in the Sydney Half Marathon (1:05:11) in May.
New South Welshman Jeff Hunt, 34, and Tasmanian Josh Harris, 26, will be striving for a good result as a confidence booster just over a month out from London.
Hunt is a two-time winner of the ASICS Half Marathon in 2010 and 2011. If he can win another, Hunt will join fellow Aussie Lisa Weightman and Japan’s Takako Kotarida as the only three-time winners of the race.
Harris also knows the course well having placed fifth last year, while another returning Australian is 26-year-old Victorian talent Andrew Buchanan who placed second in the Southern Cross University 10km Run on the Gold Coast.
Japan will have a formidable attack on the men’s race with Hiroki Yamagishi, Koji Gokaya and Keita Nagura all with PBs of under 1:04 set recently.