Gold Coast Airport Marathon

Gold Coast Airport Marathon

Suncorp Bank 5.7km Challenge


The experience

The Suncorp Bank 5.7km Challenge is an event for everyone. Start at the front where the action is fast and furious and aim for a personal best, or begin from the back and walk with your friends. Absorb the atmosphere as the gun fires and thousands move at once, cheering and clapping each other on.

Take in the water views as you venture across Loders Creek Bridge into Labrador. Turn for home at 2.5km at the famous Grand Hotel and enjoy the Broadwater views as you head south along Marine Parade. Cross the Loders Creek Bridge for the second time and you’ll know it is only one kilometre until you get to experience the thrill of finishing.

Soak it up – you’ll love the crowd support as you close in on the ultimate reward, the finish line.

Race information


Distance 5.7km
Date Saturday 2 July
Recommended arrival time 7:00am
Start time 8:00am
Minimum age All ages*
Cut off time 1 hour 20 minutes

*There is no minimum age for this race however all entrants under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a registered parent/guardian for the entire duration of the race and the accompanying adult takes full responsibility for the safety of the entrant under 12.

Collecting your race number


Before participating in the Suncorp Bank 5.7km Challenge you must collect your race number from the Check In Centre before 8pm Friday 1 July. Participant shirts and medals will be presented to you in the Nu Pure Recovery Area after you finish.

Visit Check In Centres for more information about Brisbane and Gold Coast Check In Centres opening times and locations.

All entry information changes, race changes and race transfers must be done in person at the Check In Centre before 8pm Friday 1 July.

ASICS Sport & Leisure Expo


The ASICS Sport & Leisure Expo will be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre from Thursday 30 June to Saturday 2 July. The expo features the Check In Centre, over 80 health and fitness exhibitors and a Suncorp Bank Information Booth.

Visit ASICS Sport & Leisure Expo for more information.

Course map


Familiarise yourself with the Suncorp Bank 5.7km Challenge course, refreshment stations, water stations and toilets.

Visit Course Maps for more information.

Policies and etiquette


Before racing, please review the Suncorp Bank 5.7km Challenge cut off time policy, weather policy and race etiquette.

Visit Policies and Etiquette for more information.

Early federal election voting now available


The federal election is on Saturday 2 July coinciding with the 2016 Gold Coast Airport Marathon (2 – 3 July).

Can’t make it to a polling place on election day because you’re participating at the Gold Coast Airport Marathon? You may be entitled to vote early.

Visit to find the location of an early voting centre or to find out more.

Gold Coast Airport Marathon App by ASICS


Be ready with the free Gold Coast Airport Marathon App by ASICS. The app features a live runner tracker, course maps, pre-race tips and general race information.

Download the free App today from iTunes and Google Play.

Race Precinct


The Race Precinct is located at the Broadwater Parklands, Marine Parade, Southport.

It is where the start and finish lines are located and is the centre of all the action and atmosphere on race weekend.

Visit Race Precinct for more information.

Getting to the start line

Getting to the start line

With huge numbers of people converging on the Race Precinct on race weekend, it is important to plan in advance how you will get to and from there.

Regardless of whether you drive and park, catch a bus or tram, get dropped off or walk if you are staying close by, ensure you give yourself plenty of time to get there.

Visit Transport for more information.

Suncorp Bank Baggage Drop


You can leave belongings at the Suncorp Bank Baggage Drop tent located on the eastern side of the event lawn from 5:30am to 12:00pm on Saturday 2 July and 5:00am to 2:30pm on Sunday 3 July.

Belongings should be placed in a plastic bag affixed with the tear-off tag on your race number. Use the tent designated to your specific race to retrieve your luggage. Volunteers will take the utmost care to secure the tents, however valuables should not be left in bags.

Belongings must be collected before 2:30pm on Sunday 3 July or they will be treated as lost property. Organisers will not be responsible for theft or loss of property.

Start Zones


Ensure you assemble in your start zone as indicated by the letter printed on your race number.

Visit Start Zones for more information.

Aid stations, personal refreshments and medical


Familiarise yourself with the location of aid stations and medical services at the Gold Coast Airport Marathon.

Visit Aid Stations, Personal Refreshments & Medical for more information.

Community Guide, supporters and entertainment


Tell your family and friends to line the Gold Coast streets and encourage you to Suncorp Bank 5.7km Challenge glory.

Celebrate good times and soak up the thriving atmosphere with live local entertainment at various vantage points along the 5.7 kilometre course.

Visit Supporters for more information.

Audience Guide


Tell your friends and family they can join you on your journey via the live webcast, television, radio, online, social media and the Gold Coast Airport Marathon by ASICS app.

Visit Audience Guide for more information.

Prizes and rewards


Collect your participant shirt and medal in the Nu-Pure Recovery Area and download your finisher certificate after the event.

Visit Prizes & Rewards for more information.

Purchase your iTab


If you forgot to pre-purchase your iTaB with your registration, commemorate your achievement by purchasing one after your event.

Visit iTabs for more information.


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Stay up-to-date with all the results on race weekend via the official newspaper of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon.

Receive your official Gold Coast Airport Marathon results lift-out with race times, divisional and overall finishing positions for every competitor in every race.

Only in the Gold Coast Bulletin on Monday 4 July.

View past results including previous winners, course records, age category records, 10, 20 & 30 Year Club, top 10 performances and Australian All Comers records.

Visit results for more information.

Pram information


Prams are permitted in the Suncorp Bank 5.7km Challenge only and must start at the back of the field. All prams must be registered and display the appropriate wristband to be allowed access to the course.

Please note that there is no charge for the child being pushed in the pram, however the child will not receive any finishers’ rewards. In order to receive these rewards the child must be entered in to the race and pay the appropriate entry fee as per the usual entry process.

Please complete the relevant field within the entry form for pram access. If you have already entered and not completed this section and wish to run with a pram please complete the Accompanying Pram form and email to before Friday 17 June or bring with you to the Check in Centre and take to the Help Desk to exchange for the appropriate wrist band.

Read the Terms & Conditions for Pram Access.

Purchase your race photos

marathon-photos-409-272 is the official photographer of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon. Celebrate your run by viewing and purchasing your race photos. Be notified when your race photos become available by completing the online form.

Visit for more information.


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