Gold Coast Airport Marathon

Gold Coast Airport Marathon

5.7km Challenge

The experience

The 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 1 July
Recommended arrival time 7:00am
Start time 8:00am
Minimum age All ages*
Entry fee (AUS & NZ) $45
Entry fee (International) $65
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.

How to run Gold Coast


We have put together these seven simple steps to help you kick-start your training and assist you to reach your Gold Coast Airport Marathon event finish line.

View How to run Gold Coast.

Collecting your race number


Before participating in the 5.7km Challenge you must collect your race number from the Check In Centre before 8pm Friday 30 June.

All entry information changes, race changes and race transfers must be done in person at the Check In Centre before 8pm Friday 30 June.

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

ASICS Sport & Leisure Expo


The ASICS Sport & Leisure Expo will be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre from Thursday 29 June to Saturday 1 July.

The expo features the Check In Centre, over 50 health and fitness exhibitors and an information booth.

Visit ASICS Sport & Leisure Expo.

Garmin Legends Lunch


The Garmin Legends Lunch is an exclusive opportunity to rub shoulders with Australian running royalty as they help you prepare for your Gold Coast Airport Marathon race over a runner-specific buffet lunch.

The Garmin Legends Lunch will be held on Saturday 1 July (12pm Qld) at Jupiters Gold Coast in Broadbeach. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased when entering your race online.

Visit Garmin Legends Lunch for more information.

Course map


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

Visit Course Maps.

Policies and etiquette


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

Visit Policies and Etiquette for more information.

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.

Transport options available soon.

Baggage Drop


You can leave belongings at the Baggage Drop tent located on the eastern side of the event lawn from 5:30am to 12:00pm on Saturday 1 July and 5:00am to 2:30pm on Sunday 2 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 2 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 from Runaway Bay to Burleigh Heads and encourage you to marathon glory.

Celebrate good times and soak up the thriving atmosphere with live local entertainment at various vantage points along the 42.195 kilometre course.

Supporter information available soon.

Audience Guide

Tell your friends and family they can join you on your journey via the live webcast, television, radio, online and social media.

Audience guide information available soon.

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 and Rewards for more information.

Purchase your iTab

An iTaB is a personalised medal insert, engraved with your name (maximum of 30 characters) and net time that fits neatly in to the back of your finishers’ medal and is designed to take the place of traditional medal engraving.

An iTaB can be purchased while completing your registration for the Gold Coast Airport Marathon. The iTaB will be produced and posted to you once results have been confirmed.

Visit iTabs for more information.


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 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.

Read the Terms & Conditions for Pram Access.

Purchase your race photos 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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