However, his blossoming business resulted in an end to all forms of running for almost 20 years. It was only a running club reunion in Suva in 2017, which led him back to his passion.
He and Nadia now run most days and have both participated in 5km and 10km events in Boulder.
Their ASICS Half Marathon entry came via a planned trip here to attend a wedding.
“I have only been to the Gold Coast once before and that was just to go to the beach,” he said.
“But I am very familiar with the Gold Coast Marathon and am really looking forward to the event.
“I am not in the best shape I could be for the half marathon, but I definitely want this to be the first of many times I will be taking part.
“I am back in love with running and Nadia and I plan to do a lot of travelling in our retirement and to plan running events within our travel.
“The half marathon is a very ideal distance; you are not running too fast. But it is also a distance that is a challenge. When you have finished a marathon or a half marathon, you feel it. There is a memory that sits with you for a while. And also you see the countryside in a different way.”
The Gold Coast Marathon is also host for the IAAF Oceania Area Marathon Championships. This year the new International Association of Athletes Federations (IAAF) world rankings system has made these championships more valuable than ever for athletes trying to maximise their world rankings, especially with events such as the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games just over the horizon.
Athletes selected by Fiji Athletics to compete in the Oceania Area Marathon and Half Marathon Championships are Kennol Narayan (marathon) and Rajeshwar Prasad (half marathon).
“The better the performances at the elite level the better the health outcomes at the grassroots level,” Binesh said.
“The goal is to promote running as part of a healthier lifestyle for everyone.”
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 over two days, 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.