Since it’s inception in 1979, the Gold Coast Airport Marathon has hosted thousands of runners aiming for personal glory while enjoying the coastline that is famous for fun.
Still deciding? Here are seven reasons to take part in Australia’s leading marathon:
1. Personal challenge
The Gold Coast Marathon provides people of all ages and abilities with a personal challenge. It could be to run a distance, run a personal best time, fundraise for a cause or just run.
2. Fast, flat and scenic course
The marathon course runs next to the Gold Coast’s surf beaches and broadwater and has a reputation as one of the flattest and fastest courses in the world. The weather conditions are traditionally great for running with low humidity, little or no wind in the morning and mild temperatures. It’s ideal if you’re striving for a personal best time.
3. International status
In 2014, the Gold Coast Marathon became the first marathon in Australia to be awarded an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Road Race Gold Label, putting it in esteemed international company alongside races such as the New York City Marathon, Berlin Marathon and Tokyo Marathon.
4. Spectator support & roving entertainment
You will be inspired and motivated by the huge crowds lined along the streets of the Gold Coast from the start line all the way to the grandstand finish.
5. Rewards for finishing
Finishers are rewarded for their personal achievement with a commemorative medal, shirt and certificate. They’re collectors’ items for those who come back from year-to-year or travel to running events around the world.
6. Fundraise for a cause
Fundraise for the official charity Cancer Council Queensland or for a charity of your choice through the Everyday Hero fundraising website.
7. It’s on the Gold Coast
It is one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations known for its sunshine, golden surf beaches, beautiful broadwater, popular restaurants and cafes, exciting theme parks and accommodation for all budgets. The city welcomes direct flights from a number of locations.