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Pace Runners

The Pat Carroll Online & Onland Pacers assist participants to their time goals in the Village Roadshow Theme Parks 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 coloured 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 time 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.

Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon Pace Bands

Reach your Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon, ASICS Half Marathon or Southern Cross University 10km Run goal and purchase a silicon pace band for $5.00. Pace Bands come in two different sizes, small 19.5cm and large 21.5cm circumference.

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.

Pace bands will be posted to you with your Race Number.

Available Pace Band times:

Marathon – 3 hours; 3 hours 10 minutes; 3 hours 20 minutes; 3 hours 30 minutes; 3 hours 40 minutes; 3 hours 50 minutes; 4 hours; 4 hours 15 minutes; 4 hours 30 minutes; 4 hours 45 minutes; 5 hours

Half Marathon – 1 hour 24 minutes; 1 hour 30 minutes; 1 hour 40 minutes; 1 hour 50 minutes; 2 hours; 2 hours 10 minutes; 2 hours 20 minutes

10km – 40 minutes; 60 minutes; 1 hour 10 minutes

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Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon Pace Times

 

Pace Group Balloon Colour Position Pacers
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 Middle 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 Purple Middle of Zone D
5 hrs 30 mins White Between the 5hr & 6hr pacers
6 hrs Green Between the 5:30 & Chaser pacers
Chaser (6hrs 40mins)* Blue Back of Zone D

*Chaser will run to gun time.

ASICS Half Marathon Pace Times

Pace Group Balloon Colour Position Pacers
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 Front of Zone B
2 hrs Black Front of Zone C
2 hrs 10 mins Yellow Front of Zone D
2 hrs 20 mins Orange Front of Zone E
Chaser (3hrs 20mins)* Pink Back of Zone E

*Chaser will run to gun time.

Southern Cross University 10km Run Pace Times

Pace Group Balloon Colour Position Pacers
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

Want to be a pacer in 2021?

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. All pace runners will receive an entry and singlet.

Apply for a pace runner role

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