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Pace Runners

The Pat Carroll Online & Onland Pacers assist participants to their time goals in the Gold Coast Marathon, ASICS Half Marathon and Southern Cross University 10km Run. Pacers are experienced runners who aim to maintain an even pace throughout the race with the goal to have you finishing slightly faster (30 seconds or so) than your goal time.

For easy visibility, the pace runners will be carrying a colored balloon and a goal time sign high amongst the starting runners. Each pace runner will also wear a singlet with the goal time marked on the back. It’s important to know the start zone your pace runner will be in and ensure you choose the same start zone when you enter so you can start the race near your pace runner.

Each pace group will have at least two pace runners who will lead the pace (off net-time) whilst guiding & motivating you throughout the race.

Pacers will run to the ‘Net Time’ (also called ‘Chip Time’). Net Time is the time it takes you to complete the distance once you’ve crossed the start line. Note: Due to participant numbers, it may take several minutes to cross the start line after the gun is fired.

Gold Coast Marathon Pace Bands

Reach your Gold Coast Marathon, ASICS Half Marathon or Southern Cross University 10km Run goal and purchase a silicon pace band for $5.

Pace bands are available online to purchase at the time of registration. Or if you have already registered please purchase via the Update my Entry portal.

Entrants are required to collect their pace bands from the Brisbane or Gold Coast Check in Centres when collecting their race numbers. Some pace bands will be available for purchase direct from the Expo.

WIN! Sign up to a pace group at the booth for FREE and go in the draw to win an ASICS prize pack valued at $150.

Gold Coast Marathon Pace Groups 

Pace Group Balloon Colour Position Pacers
2 hrs 50 mins Light Purple Front of Zone A Darryl Hill
3 hrs Light Blue Front of Zone A Oliver Schweizer & Kyle Weise
3 hrs 10 mins Blue Middle of Zone A Anderson Moquiuti & Shayne Steenson
3 hrs 20 mins Pink Back of Zone A Rick Quadrio & Sean Lyons
3 hrs 30 mins Green Front of Zone B Sally Matsubar & Andreas Huemer
3 hrs 40 mins White Middle of Zone B Erin Wallace & Corrina Black
3 hrs 50 mins Red Back of Zone B Matt Crawford & Kylie Breeze
4 hrs Black Front of Zone C Sophie Curnow & Darren Henry
4 hrs 15 mins Yellow Back of Zone C Stacey Morton & Angus Hewitt
4 hrs 30 mins Orange Front of Zone D Mike Garrett & Katie Mackenzie
4 hrs 45 mins Lime Green Between the 4:30 & 5hr pacers Craig Bibby & Carolyn Overy
5 hrs Purple Middle of Zone D Ben Vellacott & James Poyner
CHASER Blue Back of Zone D Bruce Hargreaves

ASICS Half Marathon Pace Groups

Pace Group Balloon Colour Position Pacers
1 hr 24mins Light Blue Front of Zone A Jim Turner & Simon Foster
1 hr 30 mins Blue Middle of Zone A Damien McMahon & Jarrod Gibson
1 hr 40 mins Green Back of Zone A Pat Carroll, Thanuj Kumar & Andrew Stolz
1 hr 50 mins Red Middle of Zone B Steve Gamble, Humberto Alvarez & Megan Inge
2 hrs Black Front of Zone C Mal Grimmett, Jarrod Dempster & Scotty Roberts
2 hrs 10 mins Yellow Middle of Zone C Jodie Cumner & Stephanie Heard
2 hrs 20 mins Orange Front of Zone D Hung & Kiarne Pham

Southern Cross University 10km Run Pace Groups

Pace Group Balloon Colour Position Pacers
40 mins Light Blue Front of Zone A Anderson Moquiuti & Simon Foster
50 mins Red Front of Zone B Ryan Kent & Scotty Roberts
60 mins Black Front of Zone C Regan Tare & Jodie Cumner
1 hr 10 mins Yellow Front of Zone D Hayley Sinton & David Jaffe

Register to run in a pace group & go in the draw to win an ASICS prizepack!

While you can simply join a pace group on race day, if you register with a group in advance you can win an ASICS prize pack.

Register with a pace group by completing this form:

Want to be a pacer in 2019?

To adequately carry out the pace runner role you’ll need to be able to comfortably run the pace you’ve nominated for. You also need to be prepared to offer encouragement and motivate runners in your pack. All pace runners will receive an entry and singlet. Contact Pat Carroll for more information.

Apply for a pace runner role

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