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About the Gold Coast Marathon

Aerial view of Main Beach on the Gold Coast

Celebrate the special 40th edition of the Gold Coast Marathon and run for the good times on Saturday 30 June – Sunday 1 July 2018 on the beautiful Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.

The world class international marathon will attract 25,000 participants of all ages and abilities from over 50 countries across eight races including the Gold Coast Marathon, Wheelchair Marathon, ASICS Half Marathon, Wheelchair 15km, Southern Cross University 10km Run, Gold Coast Airport 5.7km Challenge, 4km Junior Dash and 2km Junior Dash.

The Gold Coast Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, is the pinnacle of road running events in Australia and during its 39-year history has distinguished itself as one of the most prestigious marathons in the world.

Its famous flat, fast and scenic course located alongside the city’s renowned surf beaches and stunning broadwater plus ideal winter running conditions featuring low humidity, little wind and mild temperatures result in 60% of participants achieving personal best times each year.

Entries open Tuesday 5 December 2017 (9am AEST).


12 reasons to run for the good times in 2018


1. Take on a personal challenge

Participants running through Surfers Paradise

The Gold Coast 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.

2.  It’s on the Gold Coast

Participants running through Surfers Paradise

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.

3. Awesome running conditions

Participants run alongside the broadwater

The marathon course  has a reputation as one of the flattest and fastest courses in the world and the weather conditions are traditionally great for running with low humidity, little wind and mild temperatures. 60% of participants achieve a personal best time each year and it’s perfect if you’re aiming for a Boston Marathon qualification.

4. Celebrate our 40th birthday

40th edition of the Gold Coast Marathon

Be a part of history and celebrate the 40th edition by running for the good times in 2018. The first Gold Coast Marathon was held in 1979 and during its 39-year history the marathon has distinguished itself as a world-class international event.

5. International status

Gold Coast Marathon start line

The Gold Coast Marathon is an IAAF Road Race Gold Label event renowned for its excellence in planning and delivery and is one of the most prestigious marathons in the world.

6. Spectator support

Spectators cheers on runners on the Gold Coast

You will be inspired and motivated by the huge crowds of locals and visitors cheering for you from Burleigh Heads to Paradise Point. Their support will get you to the finish line.

7. Rewards for finishing

Two participants show off their marathon finisher medals

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.

8. Championship host

Gold Coast Marathon men's winner crosses the finish line

The Gold Coast Marathon is the pinnacle of road running events in Australia and will host a number of championships in 2018. Previous championships held on the Gold Coast include the IAAF Oceania Area Marathon, Australian Defence Marathon, Queensland Marathon and Australian Masters Athletics Marathon Championships.

9. Fly direct to the Gold Coast

Aerial view of 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.

10. Meet running legends

Rob de Castella taking a selfie with his daughter and another participant

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 and run alongside them over the weekend.

11. Health and fitness

Participant smiling at the start of the race

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.

12. Fundraise for a cause

Participants jumping for joy

Enjoy the opportunity to get outdoors, challenge yourself and raise funds for your chosen charity. In 2017 more than $270,000 was raised!

GCM18 PARTNERS