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About the Gold Coast Airport Marathon

The Gold Coast Airport Marathon is held annually in one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. It is Australia’s premier road race and was the first marathon in the country to hold an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Road Race Gold Label.

The event is held on the first weekend of July and attracts more than 27,000 participants of all ages and abilities across a number of races including the Gold Coast Airport Marathon, Wheelchair Marathon, ASICS Half Marathon, Wheelchair 15km, Southern Cross University 10km Run, The Star Gold Coast 5.7km Challenge and Zespri Junior Dash 4km and 2km races.

Join us in celebrating the 40th edition of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon on Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July 2018!

Famous features of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon include:

Fast, flat and scenic course

The marathon course runs next to the Gold Coast’s surf beaches and broadwater and has a reputation as one of the flattest and fastest courses in the world. It’s ideal if you’re striving for a personal best time or a Boston Marathon qualification.

International status

The Gold Coast Airport Marathon is a member of AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Road Races), Athletics Australia and is an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Road Race Gold Label event.

Championship host

The Gold Coast Airport Marathon hosts a number of championships including the IAAF Oceania Area Marathon and 10km Road Race Championships, Australian Defence Marathon Championships, Queensland Marathon and 10km Road Running Championships, Australian Masters Athletics Marathon Championships + more!

Awesome running conditions

The weather conditions in July on the Gold Coast are traditionally great for running. There is low humidity, little or no wind in the morning and mild temperatures.

Spectator support

You will be inspired and motivated by the huge crowds cheering for you from Burleigh Heads to Runaway Bay. Their support will get you to the finish line.

Fly direct to the Gold Coast

Gold Coast Airport welcomes international services from Tokyo, Fiji, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Wuhan (China), Auckland, Wellington, Queenstown, Christchurch and Hong Kong. Flights are also available from a number of domestic destinations such as Adelaide, Cairns, Canberra, Perth, Melbourne, Townsville (via Rockhampton), Newcastle, Avalon and Sydney.

Personal challenge

The Gold Coast Airport Marathon provides people of all ages and abilities with a personal challenge. It could be to run a distance, run a personal best time, fundraise for a cause or just run for the good times.

Health and fitness

Training for a marathon or any of the races on the program will increase your physical activity levels and you will learn more about nutrition as you strive to be in good physical condition on race day.

Fundraise for a cause

Fundraise for the official charity Cancer Council Queensland or for a charity of your choice through the Everyday Hero fundraising website.

Rewards for finishing

Finishers are rewarded for their personal achievement with a commemorative medal, shirt and certificate. They’re collectors’ items for those who come back from year-to-year or travel to running events around the world.

Meet running legends

Ambassadors of the event include Australian running legends Rob de Castella, Steve Moneghetti, Lee Troop, Pat Carroll and Benita Willis and there are many opportunities to meet them over the weekend.

Gold Coast

It is one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations known for its sunshine, golden surf beaches, beautiful broadwater, popular restaurants and cafes, exciting theme parks and accommodation for all budgets.