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About the Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon

Aerial view of Main Beach on the Gold Coast

Celebrate the 42nd edition of the Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon and run for the good times on Saturday 3 – Sunday 4 July 2021 on the beautiful Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.

The world class international marathon will attract participants of all ages and abilities from around the world across eight races including the Village Roadshow Theme Parks 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 Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon, a World Athletics Gold Label Road Race, is the pinnacle of road running events in Australia and during its 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.

12 reasons to run for the good times

1. Take on a personal challenge

The Village Roadshow Theme Parks 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

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

Held in the middle of winter, 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. Flat, fast and scenic course

The marathon course has a reputation as one of the flattest and fastest courses in the world. Run alongside beautiful beaches and broadwater from Paradise Point in the north to Burleigh Heads in the south.

5. International status

The Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon is a World Athletics 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

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

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

The Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon is the pinnacle of road running events in Australia and will host a number of championships in 2021 including the hotly contested Australian Marathon Championships and the much-anticipated IAAF Oceania Area 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

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

11. 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.

12. Fundraise for a cause

Enjoy the opportunity to get outdoors, challenge yourself and raise funds for your chosen charity. In 2019 more than $240,000 was raised!