Global Running Day has also coincided with the announcement of the elite field in this year’s Gold Coast Marathon.
“Milly Clark will be one to watch after her great debut marathon in Amsterdam in which she ran well under 2:30. She was our best runner in Rio and she’s looking to qualify for Tokyo after recovering from an injury,” Willis said.
The Gold Coast Marathon will also play host to Kenya’s Kenneth Mungara and Japan’s Yuki Kawauchi, famous for their 2016 photo finish when Mungara edged out Kawauchi by just one second to take home the title.
For novice runners or those wanting to tick off their first Gold Coast Marathon, Willis advises to keep a level head on race day.
“The excitement of the Gold Coast Marathon might mean you start off too fast. There are some really good pacers through the Pat Carroll running group so stick with them and you should be sure to stay even.”
Entries are open for the Garmin 2km Junior Dash and Garmin 4km Junior Dash events.
For more information on the Gold Coast Marathon’s elite line up and to watch the elite athlete announcement video, click here.
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The Gold Coast Marathon is the first in Australia to hold an IAAF Road Race Gold Label and is expecting over 28,000 participants in eight races on the race weekend of 6-7 July.
The event will feature 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.