United States assault on ASICS Half Marathon
Defending champion Sara Hall and 2:25 marathon runner Laura Thweatt will lead a two-pronged United States attack in the ASICS Half Marathon on the Gold Coast next Sunday 1 July.
Entries for the 40th Gold Coast Marathon opened this morning with more than 25,000 participants from over 50 countries expected to celebrate the event’s milestone on 30 June – 1 July 2018.
Events Management Queensland CEO Cameron Hart said the event’s 40th edition combined with the legacy of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and the growing interest from global markets would result in another record-breaking year for the internationally accredited Gold Label Road Race.
“The Gold Coast Marathon has passed the test of time and established itself as one of the most prestigious marathons in the world since its humble beginning in 1979,” Mr. Hart said.
“The race was started to benefit the Gold Coast community and 40 years later continues to do so as the largest participation sports event in the city,” he added. “The wellbeing and economic benefits the event delivers are staggering.”
“Reaching our 40th anniversary in our fifth year as an International Association of Athletic Federations Gold Label race reaffirms our position as one of the nation’s most iconic attractions and we’re excited to welcome tens of thousands of participants from overseas, interstate and Queensland to celebrate the occasion.
“There’s a real buzz on the Gold Coast in the lead up to 2018 and we know there will be plenty of runners eager to experience our world famous flat, fast and scenic course after witnessing the Commonwealth Games marathon event in April.”
The event’s 40th edition combined with the legacy of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and the growing interest from global markets will result in another record-breaking year
Tourism and Events Queensland Chief Executive Officer Leanne Coddington said the event reinforced the Gold Coast’s status as a premier sporting destination and encouraged fellow Queenslanders to join the 40th celebrations.
“The Gold Coast Marathon is an internationally-recognised event which provides participants of all ages and abilities a fantastic experience in one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations,” Ms. Coddington said.
“For the past 39 years it has attracted international and interstate participants and spectators to the Gold Coast and generated significant tourism outcomes for the state.
“The 40th edition will be a unique opportunity to celebrate the event’s longevity.”
The 40th annual Gold Coast Marathon will feature eight races including the Gold Coast Marathon, Wheelchair Marathon, ASICS Half Marathon, Wheelchair 15km, Southern Cross University 10km Run, Gold Coast Airport Fun Run, Garmin 4km Junior Dash and Garmin 2km Junior Dash.
The Gold Coast Marathon is organised by Events Management Queensland, a major event management company wholly owned by the Queensland Government as part of Tourism and Events Queensland.