Gold Coast Airport Marathon

Gold Coast Airport Marathon

Gold Coast Airport Marathon

The experience

Awaiting the starter’s gun on the Gold Coast Airport Marathon start line is one of the most exciting and daunting experiences you’ll ever encounter. The positive yet nervous energy emitting from more than 5,500 marathoners builds an unforgettable atmosphere that is unique to this race.

Before you set off on your 42.195 kilometre journey, a rousing motivational speech from Australia’s greatest marathoner and event ambassador, Rob de Castella, will precede the national anthem. Rob will tell you that what you’re about to encounter will be the hardest thing you’ll most likely ever do. But he’ll also guarantee that the reward of finishing will outweigh the pain, discomfort and sacrifice you have endured to stand on the start line.

When the gun fires, you’ll start to make your way south. During the first kilometre, you’ll pass hundreds of friends, family and supporters who will be showering you with words of encouragement. Enjoy the views of the beautiful Broadwater as you cross Southport Bridge.

Enjoy the iconic points along this famous part of Australia’s coastline – Main Beach, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Mermaid Beach and Miami before rounding the turn at picturesque Burleigh Heads. Continue north as you make your way past the Race Precinct to the northern turn at Runaway Bay. Then it’s less than five kilometres until you reach the Gold Coast’s famous finish chute, the finish line and personal glory.

Race information


Distance 42.195km
Date Sunday 2 July
Recommended arrival time 6:20am
Start time 7:20am
Minimum age 18
Entry fee (AUS & NZ) $135
Entry fee (International) $155
Cut off time 6 hours 40 minutes

MY ASICS Run Training


Start training with MY ASICS and create a personalised training plan for the Gold Coast Airport Marathon. MY ASICS plans adapt to your goals and abilities as you run, and automatically adjust your schedule if you miss a day.

MY ASICS supports a variety of smartphones and wearable devices so that you can create a training plan and track your progress in the way that works best for you.

Visit MY ASICS for more information.

Pat Carroll Online & Onland

Pat Carroll

Enlist four-time Gold Coast Airport Marathon winner Pat Carroll to personally develop a Gold Coast Airport Marathon training program to meet your fitness and running goals.

Take advantage of Pat’s special offer. Sign up today, with less than 30 weeks until the Gold Coast Airport Marathon and only pay the 24 week fee for the period between now and the race.

Visit Pat Carroll Online and Onland for more information.

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.

Gold Coast based physiotherapist and author of ‘You CAN Run Pain Free!’ Brad Beer provides five keys to preparing well for your first marathon.

View 5 keys to preparing well for your first marathon.

Collecting your race number


Before participating in the Gold Coast Airport Marathon you must collect your race number from the Check In Centre before 5pm Saturday 1 July.

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 and video


Familiarise yourself with the Gold Coast Airport Marathon course, refreshment stations, water stations and toilets.

Visit Course Maps.

Watch the course video.

Policies and etiquette


Before racing, please review the Gold Coast Airport Marathon 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.

Pat Carroll Online and Onland Pacers


Reach your Gold Coast Airport Marathon goal running alongside the Pat Carroll Online & Onland Pacers.

Visit Pace Runners 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 finisher 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.

Purchase your 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.

Enter the Gold Coast Airport Marathon

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