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Race record the highlight of an inspirational weekend
07 July, 2019
A total of 26,287 participants took part in the eight races of the 41st Gold Coast Marathon.
It may have rained on the Gold Coast Marathon’s 41stparade, but the conditions failed to halt a flood of inspirational performances, a race record and an exciting emerging Aussie Olympic campaign.
The biggest headline came via Japanese speedster Yuta Shitara who smashed the Gold Coast Marathon record, taking out the IAAF Gold Label race in an amazing 2:07:50. He lowered the previous mark of Kenyan Kenneth Mungara (2:08:42), set in 2015.
However, in the backdrop to Shitara’s brilliant race plan was an event that captures accolades and attention across the globe.
This year’s eight Gold Coast Marathon races attracted a total of 26,287 entries, including 3,678 overseas competitors, as the event continues to achieve a long-term upward trend.
Last year’s numbers spiked past 27,000 on the back of the event’s 40-year anniversary celebrations and the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Race hosts, Events Management Queensland, are predicting continued strong growth, which results in an annual injection of more than $28 million into the local economy.
Across the weekend there was an avalanche of incredible performances – from the grassroots to the elite.
Sunday’s races started spectacularly from an Australian perspective with Melbourne’s Jack Rayner reveling in the rain, kicking clear in the later stages to win the ASICS Half Marathon in 1:02:30 ahead of Japan’s Yuki Sato and Yuma Hattori.
While in the women’s ASICS Half Marathon, Sinead Diver led home an Aussie trifecta. Both performances will have positive repercussions towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
From well before the 6am start of the ASICS Half Marathon, the Gold Coast’s Broadwater Parklands were awash with colour and excitement.
The trademark ‘atmosphere’ that so many elite runners and weekend warriors speak about was in play. Through the darkness emerged images of warm-up routines, excited conversations around expectation and nervous glances.
For thousands, from across Gold Coast suburbs to 57 countries across the globe, this was their one day of the year. From first timers to veterans, there was a palpable camaraderie through the preparation areas to the starting line.
Numbers across all categories were again strong for this year’s 41stGold Coast Marathon including 9,830 entries in the ASICS Half Marathon, Gold Coast Marathon (6,620), Southern Cross University 10km Run (5,179), Gold Coast Airport Fun Run (3068) and a combined 1,575 in the Garmin 4km and 2km Junior Dashes.
The weekend’s events were an emotional occasion for chair of Gold Coast-based company Events Management Queensland (EMQ), Kerry Watson, who had announced that this year’s Gold Coast Marathon would be his final in the role.
Mr Watson has led EMQ – a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) – since 1998 and has overseen the global success of the Gold Coast Marathon and the Pan Pacific Masters Games.
Mr Watson thanked all participants of this year’s Gold Coast Marathon events – ‘runners, walkers, wheelchair participants, volunteers and spectators’.
“To our valued sponsors and supporters, event staff, contractors and 1,200-strong volunteer team, I acknowledge your continued commitment and contribution to this event. Without you, we could not deliver the Gold Coast Marathon to such high standards,” he said.
“I congratulate all placegetters and championship winners… your performances have inspired us all and I hope to see you back in 2020.”
The fun, family face of the Gold Coast Marathon was never more evident than on Saturday. There was still the highly competitive side to race weekend, especially in the Southern Cross University 10km Run.
However across the Gold Coast Airport Fun Run, which captured all ages and activity levels, through to the exuberance exploding in the Garmin 4km and 2km Junior Dashes the spirit of the Gold Coast Marathon shone through.
2021 Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon Cancelled
It is with the utmost regret that due to the three-day lockdown enforced by the Queensland Government to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, Events Management Queensland has been left with no choice but to cancel the Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon.
More than 20,000 entrants to take to the streets in the 2021 Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon
In a grand salute to the return of mass participation events more than 20,000 entrants from every state and territory in Australia will take to the streets of the Gold Coast to compete in the 2021 Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon.
The event will boast its largest ever Australian field of marathon runners in the events 42-year history with 5,200 entrants and over 50 per cent of all event entrants will travel to the Gold Coast from interstate.
Junior Dash reaches from Coast to Cape with virtual events for even the most remote runners
First Nations youth across Queensland’s regional and remote communities will be able to join the charge when the Health and Wellbeing Queensland Junior Dash races kick off this July as part of the Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon running festival.
A virtual event will enable entrants to run or walk anywhere, no matter where they live in Queensland, with funding from the Queensland Government set to support up to 1,250 First Nations youth to participate within their own regional or remote community at a subsidised rate.