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.
|Date||Sunday 3 July|
|Recommended arrival time||6:20am|
|Cut off time||6 hours 40 minutes|
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 2 July.
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 and 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.
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 running at the Gold Coast Airport Marathon? You may be entitled to vote early.
Visit aec.gov.au 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.
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
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.
Ensure you assemble in your start zone as indicated by the letter printed on your race number.
Visit Start Zones for more information.
ASICS Pace Your Race
Stay on track on race day and Pace Your Race with a free and personalised wristband by ASICS.
Visit ASICS Pace Your Race 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.
Visit Supporters for more information.
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 app by ASICS.
Visit Audience Guide for more information.
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 & 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.
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.
Purchase your photos
Marathon-Photos.com 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 marathon-photos.com for more information.