Lee admits that due to family responsibilities and work commitments at the Boulder Track Club, Troop Events Athlete Management and Fleet Feet Sports in Boulder, Colorado, his preparation hasn’t been ideal.
“I’m hoping for a 2:30 finish but it will probably be closer to 2:40 or 2:45. Either way, I’m still going to go out there and run as hard as I can,” he said.
“My body simply can’t handle the training anymore. If it’s not my calf, it’s my hamstring and if it’s not my hamstring, it’s my back.
“I’m doing everything I can to complete the distance. Since my training started, I’ve developed a greater appreciation for other marathoners who are very busy but still manage to train.”
With less than a month until Australia’s premier road race, Lee said it was a chance for people to experience an internationally recognised marathon.
“The organisation is second to none. The atmosphere is electric and the enthusiasm and excitement of participants adds to the euphoria of running,” he said.
“It’s also a wonderful opportunity to spend a weekend on the Gold Coast, especially if you’re living in a cold climate, all while improving your health and fitness.”
The 39th annual Gold Coast Airport Marathon will be held on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 July.
Set to attract more than 27,000 participants of all ages and abilities, this year’s race program will feature the Gold Coast Airport Marathon over 42.195km, Wheelchair Marathon, ASICS Half Marathon, Wheelchair 15km, Southern Cross University 10km Run, The Star Gold Coast 5.7km Challenge, Zespri 4km Junior Dash and Zespri 2km Junior Dash.