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Elite Athlete Assistance Program

The 2017 Gold Coast Airport Marathon is an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Gold Label Road Race and is a member of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS). The course is officially accredited by Athletics Australia and the IAAF.

Gold Coast Airport Marathon

Oceania athletes

The Gold Coast Airport Marathon will provide assistance to leading Oceania marathon runners to compete in the Gold Coast Airport Marathon. To be considered for assistance runners must be members of a club affiliated with an Oceania Athletics Association member federation (e.g. Athletics Australia, Athletics New Zealand etc.) and be eligible to represent their Oceania country at international level. View the full list of Oceania member federations).

Assistance is guaranteed where times have been set between 1 January 2016 and 10 April 2017. If times were set in 2015 some assistance may apply and will only be available under very special circumstances for those athletes who set times in 2014 or earlier. There is the possibility of assistance for debut runners if their half marathon form in 2016/17 indicates they could run sub 2:20/2:45 (i.e. sub 1:07:00 men and sub 1:16:00 women).

The following two assistance levels are available:

Male sub 2:20 & Female sub 2:45

  • Free race entry
  • Return economy airfares from your nearest capital city
  • Airport transfers upon arrival/departure from Gold Coast or Brisbane
  • Up to four nights accommodation at the official race hotel – check in Thursday 29 June and check out Monday 3 July, 2017
  • Shuttle to the start line on race morning
  • Access to elite athlete area on race day (pre- and post-race)
  • Seeded race number
  • Complimentary ticket to the Garmin Legends Lunch on Saturday 1 July, 2017

Male sub 2:25 & Female sub 2:50

  • Free race entry
  • $200 travel money
  • Airport transfers upon arrival/departure from Gold Coast or Brisbane
  • Up to three nights accommodation at the official race hotel
  • Shuttle to the start line on race morning
  • Access to elite athlete area on race day (pre- and post-race)
  • Seeded race number
  • Complimentary ticket to the Garmin Legends Lunch on Saturday 1 July, 2017

Other international athletes

International marathon runners from outside the Oceania region will be considered on a case by case basis.

Travel, accommodation and local transfers are available for a limited number of international elite runners who meet the IAAF Gold Label Road Race criteria i.e. 2:10:00 or better (men) and 2:28:00 or better (women) in the past 36 months.

Accommodation and local transfers are also available for a limited number of international elite runners with sub 2:20 (men) and sub 2:45 (women) credentials.

Wheelchair Marathon

As the Gold Coast Airport Marathon is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race event it means that the Wheelchair Marathon is automatically an IPC Sanctioned Meet. As such, all performances in the Wheelchair Marathon will be submitted to the IPC for ranking purposes.

In addition, there is an assistance program in place for elite Wheelchair Marathon competitors. The following assistance is available for the defending Gold Coast Wheelchair Marathon champions and athletes with recent times meeting the following standard – men sub 1:50:00 and women sub 2:10:00. Assistance is guaranteed where these times have been set between 1 January 2016 and 15 May 2017. If times were set in 2015 some assistance may apply and will only be available under very special circumstances for those athletes who set times in 2014 or earlier.

  •  Free race entry.
  •  The option for the following travel and accommodation package:
  1. Three nights accommodation at the official race hotel and $200 travel money*; OR
  2. Two nights accommodation at the official race hotel and $300 travel money*
  • Airport transfers upon arrival/departure from Gold Coast or Brisbane.
  • Shuttle to the start line on race morning.
  • Access to dedicated Wheelchair Athlete Area on race day (pre- and post-race).
  • Seeded race number.
  • Complimentary ticket to the Garmin Legends Lunch on Saturday 1 July, 2017.

There is the possibility of assistance for wheelchair competitors wishing to make their marathon debut if their half marathon form in 2016/17 indicates they could finish in 1:50/2:10 (i.e. sub 0:52:00 men and sub 1:02:00 women).

ASICS Half Marathon & Southern Cross University 10km Run

1. Oceania marathon runners selected to compete in the marathon at the 2017 London World Championships Marathon can apply for assistance (as per the 2:20/2:45 level outlined in the Oceania marathon section) if they wish to race either the ASICS Half Marathon or Southern Cross University 10km Run as part of their final preparations.

2. There is also a small support fund set aside for supporting “Rising Stars” within the Australian distance running community (free race entry plus one night accommodation or $150 travel money). Applications will be open to runners 26 & under (as at race day) who are not yet ready to take on the challenge of the marathon. Indicative performance levels are sub 30 min (men) and sub 35 min (women) for 10km and sub 1:07:00 (men) and sub 1:16:00 (women) for the half marathon. Applicants will be considered on a case by case basis.

Prize & Incentive Money Schedule (AUD)

Gold Coast Airport Marathon

Placegetter prize money is available for the top overall five male and female finishers. There is also a separate prizepool for the 2017 IAAF Oceania Area Marathon Championships.

In addition to the prize money there is also bonus prize money for the race winner and subsequent athletes finishing in the top five overall. Fast time incentive money for Oceania athletes is also on offer regardless of finishing place.

ASICS Half Marathon

Placegetter prize money is available for overall first, second and third place male and female finishers. A bonus is on offer should the race winner break the respective men’s or women’s race record.

Southern Cross University 10km Run

Placegetter prize money is available for overall first, second and third place male and female finishers. A bonus is on offer should the race winner break the respective men’s or women’s race record.

Visit Prizes and Rewards for more information.

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