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Seeded & Priority Starts

In our continuous effort to provide exceptional support for all competitors we are pleased to offer seeded and priority starting positions in the Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon, ASICS Half Marathon, Southern Cross University 10km Run and Gold Coast Airport 5km Fun Run. This policy has been established to increase the level of service offered to elite athletes and other runners who have shown the potential to compete at a high standard.

A summary of the standards required for either a seeded or a priority start position are outlined in the table below. These times must have been achieved on a certified course after 1 January 2019 (please note all 5km times must have been achieved after 1 January 2021).

Applications will be accepted via your 2022 race entry.

Seeded (Elite) Priority (Sub-elite)
Race Men Women Men Women
Marathon 2:30:00 3:00:00 2:45:00 3:15:00
Half Marathon 1:11:00 1:22:00 1:17:00 1:30:00
10km Run 33:00 39:00 37:00 43:00
5km Fun Run 17:00 19:00 19:00 21:00

 

Seeded Start (Elite)

Criteria for a guaranteed seeded start position:
  • The top 20 male & female finishers in the Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon, ASICS Half Marathon and Southern Cross University 10km Run at the 2019 Gold Coast Marathon
  • All Oceania area athletes who receive assistance via the elite athlete assistance program
  • Approved international athletes
  • Athletes who have achieved the following times on a certified course after 1 January 2019:
Race Male Female
Marathon Sub 2:30:00 Sub 3:00:00
Half Marathon Sub 1:11:00 Sub 1:22:00
10km Run Sub 33:00 Sub 39:00
  • 5km Fun Run athletes who have achieved the following times on a certified course after 1 January 2021:
Race Male Female
5km Fun Run Sub 17:00 Sub 19:00

N.B. 10km times will be considered for debut half marathoners and half marathon times considered for debut marathoners. Times may also be considered from prior to 1 January 2019 in some circumstances.

Seeded Start applications close Sunday 5 June, 2022

Identifier
  • Seeded runners will be issued with a low race number within the associated race number bracket.
  • Seeded runners are permitted to warm up on the road in front of the main field prior to race start and then start at the very front of the field.
  • Seeded runners are also offered the opportunity to use the elite athlete area pre- and post-race.

Priority Start (Sub-elite)

Criteria for a guaranteed priority start position:
  • Athletes who have achieved the following times on a certified course after 1 January 2019:
Race Male Female
Marathon Sub 2:45:00 Sub 3:15:00
Half Marathon Sub 1:17:00 Sub 1:30:00
10km Run Sub 37:00 Sub 43:00
  • 5km Fun Run athletes who have achieved the following times on a certified course after 1 January 2021:
Race Male Female
5km Fun Run Sub 19:00 Sub 21:00

N.B. 10km times will be considered for debut half marathoners and half marathon times considered for debut marathoners. Times may also be considered from prior to 1 January 2019 in some circumstances.

Priority Start applications close Sunday 5 June, 2022

Identifier
  • Priority runners will be issued with a regular race number.
  • A priority start identification sticker will be placed on this race number to allow runners to complete their warm up on the road in front of the main field.
  • Priority runners then line up on the start immediately behind the seeded runners.

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