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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 flag 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 two (A & B) pace runners:

A Pace Runner

Pacer running to ‘Gun Time’. Gun Time is the time which appears on the finish clock.

B Pace Runner

Pacer running ‘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 will be available at the Pat Carroll Online and Onland Pace Runner booth at the Brisbane and Gold Coast Check In Centres. All pace group times for each race will be available.

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.

Meet your 2019 Pat Carroll Online & Onland Pace Runners

Get to know the men and women who will be pacing you to a good time in the Gold Coast Marathon, ASICS Half Marathon and Southern Cross University 10km Run. The Pat Carroll Online and Onland Pace Runners provide their tips on staying motivated and how to execute your race day plan.

Pace runner profiles coming soon!

Gold Coast Marathon Pace Groups

Pace Group Balloon Colour Position
3 hrs Light Blue Front of Zone A
3 hrs 10 mins Blue Middle of Zone A
3 hrs 20 mins Pink Back of Zone A
3 hrs 30 mins Green Front of Zone B
3 hrs 40 mins White Middle of Zone B
3 hrs 50 mins Red Back of Zone B
4 hrs Black Front of Zone C
4 hrs 15 mins Yellow Back of Zone C
4 hrs 30 mins Orange Front of Zone D
4 hrs 45 mins Lime Green Between the 4:30 & 5hr pacers
5 hrs Fuchsia Middle of Zone D

ASICS Half Marathon Pace Groups

Pace Group Balloon Colour Position
1 hr 24mins Light Blue Front of Zone A
1 hr 30 mins Blue Middle of Zone A
1 hr 40 mins Green Back of Zone A
1 hr 50 mins Red Middle of Zone B
2 hrs Black Front of Zone C
2 hrs 10 mins Yellow Middle of Zone C
2 hrs 20 mins Orange Front of Zone D

Southern Cross University 10km Run Pace Groups

Pace Group Balloon Colour Position
40 mins Light Blue Front of Zone A
50 mins Red Front of Zone B
60 mins Black Front of Zone C
1 hr 10 mins Yellow Front of Zone D

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

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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