Gold Coast Airport Marathon

Gold Coast Airport Marathon

Start Zones

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Find your start zone

race number indicating start zone

In order to ensure a smooth start for all participants, start zones will be in place at the start line of each event. Entrants are asked to assemble in the appropriate zone as indicated by the letter printed on their race number (see picture).

If you wish to run with friends or family who are starting in a different start zone,  you may start in a slower zone than that printed on your race number (e.g. someone with a B Zone label may start in B, C, or D) but not in a faster one (e.g. A).


Gold Coast Airport Marathon Start Zones

Marathon start zones

Participants are advised to assemble for the start 20 minutes prior to the race. Wheelchair participants must start in front of the runners and will be started 5 minutes before the runners. The start area will be divided up into six zones for runners to assemble in. Seeded and priority start runners will be marshalled at the front of the pack with a seeded start zone (S) and a priority start (P) zone entrance gate.

On their race number, seeded runners will be identified with their name in large print and a small number. Priority start runners will be identified with a small sticker affixed to their race number. For the remaining entrants, the starting zone will be indicated by sticker with letter A, B, C or D on their race number. This will be based on their predicted finish time on their entry. These start zones will be signposted accordingly.


Zone


Goal Time

Gate Distance From Start (approx.)

Seeded Start (S)

5m

Priority Start (P)

5m

A

Sub 3:30

60m

B

3:30 – 4:00

140m

C

4:00 – 4:30

200m

D

4:30 – 6:30

250m

ASICS Half Marathon Start Zones

Half Marathon Start Zone

Participants are advised to assemble for the start 20 minutes prior to the race. The start area will be divided up into six zones for runners to assemble in. Seeded and priority start runners will be marshalled at the front of the pack with a  seeded start zone (S) and a priority start (P) zone entrance gate. On their race number, seeded runners will be identified with their name in large print and a small number.

Priority start runners will be identified with a small sticker affixed to their race number. For the remaining entrants, the starting zone will be indicated by sticker with letter A, B, C or D on their race number. This will be based on their predicted finish time on their entry. These start zones will be signposted accordingly.


Zone


Goal Time

Gate distance from Start (approx.)

Seeded Start (S)

5m

Priority Start (P)

5m

A

Sub 1:45

95m

B

1:45 – 2:00

255m

C

2:00 – 2:15

370m

D

2:15 – 3:00

460m

Southern Cross University 10km Run Start Zones

10km run start zones

Participants are advised to assemble at the start 20 minutes prior to the race. The start area will be divided into 5 zones for runners to assemble. Seeded and priority start runners will be marshalled at the front of the pack in the first zone. On their race number, seeded runners will be identified with their name in large print and a small number.

 

Priority start runners will be identified with a small sticker affixed to their race number with the letters SP. For the remaining entrants, the starting zone will be indicated by sticker and letter A, B, C or D on their race number. This will be based on their predicted finish time on their entry. These start zones will be signposted accordingly.


Zone


Goal Time

Gate distance from Start (approx.)

Seeded & Priority Start

7m

A

Sub 0:50

50m

B

0:50 – 1:00

140m

C

1:00 – 1:10

215m

D

1:10 – 1:30

275m

5.7km Challenge Start Zones

5.7km Challenge Start Zone

Participants are advised to assemble at the start 20 minutes prior to the race. The start area will be divided into 3 zones for participants to assemble. Participants will have a sticker and letter A, B or C on their race number showing which zone they have been allocated. This will be based on their predicted finish time on their entry. These start zones will be signposted accordingly.

If you are not at the start area when the gun is fired, organisers may stop you from starting the race. Prams are permitted in the 5.7km Challenge but must start at the back of the field. An entry form must be completed for the pram/child at the Registration Centre to receive an access pass for the pram (prior to the close of entries on Friday 30 June) however there is no charge for the child. If parents would like the child to receive the participant rewards then they must pay the entry fee.


Zone


Goal Time

Gate distance from Start (approx.)

A

Sub 0:35

30m

B

0:35 – 0:50

90m

C

0:50 – 1:10

170m

Zespri Junior Dash Start Zones (4km and 2km)

Junior Dash start zones

Participants are advised to assemble behind the start line 20 minutes prior to their race. For the 2km race only, a parent/guardian is permitted to accompany their child for free. The parent/guardian must complete an entry form and submit at the Registration Centre by 8pm on Friday 30 June, and will then be provided with an identification pass to allow them to start. The start area will be divided into two zones for participants to assemble in:


Zones

Gate distance from Start (approx.)

A Runners

30m

B Runners with accompanying parent/guardian

90m

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