Gold Coast Airport Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K - 2013/2014
The Gold Coast Airport Marathon takes
place on the east coast of Australia in the state of Queensland every year on
the first Sunday in July. In 2012 the date was Sunday 1 July. The Gold Coast
Marathon 2013 will take place on 6-7 July 2013.
The race has
existed since 1979, and has over the years grown to comprise
23,000 participants from 30 countries running and walking in the marathon, half
marathon, 10km run, 5km challenge and two Junior Dashes over 2.25km and 4km.
The first Gold Coast Marathon in 1979 was a result of a community project designed to make
the residents become fitter. The goal was to make a group of un-fit non-runners
able to complete a marathon. When the participants in the project seemed
to be able to reach the goal, they were in need of a marathon to test their efforts,
and the inaugural Gold Coast Marathon was held with only 124 entrants.
Organisers expect more than 28,000 participants in the 2013 edition.
The Gold Coast Airport Marathon starts and finishes at Broadwater Events Parklands in Southport,
and the course winds up and down the Gold Coast with the Pacific Ocean and Broadwater
as sparkling backdrops. Marathoners will get a good view of one of the most beautiful
coastlines in the world and pass famous spots along the way, including the adventure
tourist’s heaven, Surfers Paradise. If you can keep your warm, worn-out body from
jumping into the alluring ocean, this is a great way to explore one of Australia’s
favourite tourist destinations.
The Gold Coast Airport Marathon course is
fast and flat, consisting of two laps going north and south
from the start line. This means that runners pass the spectator-crowded start/finish
area about halfway through the course, getting an extra encouragement boost from
the generous cheering.
Runners who need some heavy support to keep their feet going
won’t be disappointed as awards are given to the most imaginative and passionate
spectator groups along the course.
More information for the full marathon, half marathon and 10K run is available
Gold Coast Airport Marathon Course
View maps of the picturesque Gold Coast Airport Marathon course
. The link takes you to course maps of the marathon, half marathon,
10km run, 5km run/walk and Junior Dash for children aged 5-14.
Gold Coast Airport Marathon, Australia, Results and Information, 2013/2014