The Gold Coast Airport Marathon
In one of the most desirable holiday destinations in the world - the Gold Coast - is a sporting event that motivates and challenges tens of thousands of people of all ages and abilities, inspiring both participants and spectators alike.
Participants from all over the world flock to the beautiful Gold Coast every year to compete in the Gold Coast Airport Marathon.
With the wonderful climate, low humidity, minimal wind and mild temperatures, the Gold Coast enjoys excellent running conditions perfect for a marathon.
37th Annual Gold Coast Airport Marathon, 4-5 July 2015
The 37th annual Gold Coast Airport Marathon will be held on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 of July 2015. Regarded as one of Australia's premier sporting events, the 2014 marathon is set to attract more than 30,000 participants of all ages and running abilities from around Queensland, interstate and overseas.
In January of this year, the marathon was the first in Australia to receive an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Road Race Gold Label. The accolade marks the event as one of the world's major marathon events, putting it in esteemed company around the world alongside the New York City, Tokyo and Berlin Marathons.
There are a number of races held over the marathon weekend, with the program featuring the following events:
- Gold Coast Airport Marathon (42.195km)
Start Time: 7.20am, Sunday 5th July
- Wheelchair Marathon (42.195km)
Start Time: 7.15am, Sunday 5th July
- ASICS Half Marathon (21.01km)
Start Time: 6.00am, Sunday 5th July
- Wheelchair (15km)
Start Time: 6.15am, Sunday 5th July
- Southern Cross University 10km Run (10km)
Start Time: 6.30am, Saturday 4th July
- Suncorp Bank 5.7km Challenge (5.7km)
Start Time: 8.00am, Saturday 4th July
- Junior Dash (2km, ages 5 - 10yrs)
Start Time: 9.25am, Saturday 4th July
- Junior Dash (4km, ages 5 - 14yrs)
Start Time: 9.40am, Saturday 4th July
Annual social events such as the ASICS Sport & Leisure Expo and Legends Lunch ensure participants and supporters maximise their Gold Coast Airport Marathon experience, and even have the chance to meet and hear advice from marathon legends.
The Gold Coast Airport Marathon course runs alongside the Gold Coast's iconic surf beaches and Broadwater, and enjoys a reputation as one of the flattest, fastest and most scenic courses in the world, drawing in thousands of visitors to the Gold Coast each year during the winter months.
Runners experience perfect running conditions as July for the Gold Coast usually means low humidity, little to no wind and temperatures ranging from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius.
All finishers receive a commemorative medal, event shirt and certificate, while supporters join in the festivities as they cheer on those tackling everything from the 2km Junior Dash to the full 42.195km of the marathon, and even the wheelchair full marathon providing 'Runspiration' to all taking part.
Entries are open now. The Gold Coast Airport Marathon offers a 10% discount for teams of 20 runners or more. Both individual and group runners also have the opportunity to fundraise for the event's official charity, Cancer Council Queensland, or another charity of their choice.
The Gold Coast Airport Marathon is organised by Events Management Queensland - a major event management company wholly owned by the Queensland Government as part of the Tourism and Events Queensland Group. Check out the below video showcasing the event and get inspired to run with 30,000 like minded individuals and create or beat your personal best!
History of the Race
Back in 490BC, Athenian soldier Pheidippides ran to Athens from the battlefield of Marathon (about 40km away) where the Greek Army had won a crucial battle against the invading Persian Army. The message read “Rejoice, we are victorious”.
About 2,500 years later, marathons have secured their place in the sporting world with hundreds of annual marathon events around the world and hundreds of thousands (possibly millions) of participants. The Gold Coast Airport Marathon's history is an interesting read, beginning in the late 70's.
In January 1978 the Rotary Club of Surfers Paradise's Community Services Director, John Goldstein, visualised a Marathon Runners Club. A community service project to help the Gold Coast community become fitter, the clinic's aim was to train sedentary non-runners to be able to complete a marathon run within twelve months.
After seeking information from local sources including the National Fitness Council, National Heart Foundation and the Honolulu Marathon Clinic, the first Marathon Clinic was held on April 30, 1978.
By mid 1978, an average of 60 people were attending the marathon clinics. Those who were considered to be marathon prospects were given a special training plan which included extensive daily road training and time trials. It was then decided to go ahead with plans for a 1979 marathon.
After less than eight weeks hard work, the inaugural Gold Coast Marathon was held on September 2nd, 1979. Participating were 124 marathoners, 144 half marathoners and 423 fun runners. Melbourne's Eric Sigmont won the men's marathon in 2:28:44. Mary Murison won the women's race in 2:58:17. As the technical organiser, Dusty Lewis ran the first marathon wearing Runner number 1.