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Gold Coast MarathonJune 30 - July 1

Push yourself to new limits at the 40th annual Gold Coast Marathon.

The Gold Coast Marathon is held annually at one of the world's most popular holiday destinations. It is Australia's premier road race and was the first marathon in the country to hold an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Road Race Gold Label. Test your legs and achieve new goals.


Where: Gold Coast
When: 30 June - 1 July
Price: $ - $$

Gold Coast Marathon highlights


Run through paradise
A marathon is about one thing: running. You've prepared yourself, so pace yourself. The Gold Coast Marathon is one of the flattest – and most scenic – courses in Australia, passing the Gold Coast's picturesque beaches, so don't forget to enjoy the view. Because the run is held right in the middle of Australia's winter, the weather conditions are ideal for running, with low humidity and mild temperatures. Feel inspired by the crowds cheering you. Spectators will provide plenty of "runspiration" during the race to keep your spirits high and help you cross the finish line.

Choose your distance
The Gold Coast Marathon has races to suit all ages and abilities. These include the full marathon, wheelchair marathon, half marathon, 15 kilometre (9.3 mile) wheelchair race, 10 kilometre (6.2 mile) run, 5.7 kilometre (3.5 mile) fun run, and the 2 kilometre (1.2 mile) and 4 kilometre (2.5 mile) junior dashes. You can enter as a team, with a running buddy, or as a solo runner.

Meet running legends
In the lead up to the Gold Coast Marathon, you'll be provided with expert training and nutritional advice from some legends of distance running including Rob de Castella, Pat Carroll, Steve Moneghetti, Lee Troop and Benita Willis, exclusively for participants. Whether you're a beginner or full-time runner, don't miss out on their invaluable advice. Over the course of the weekend there will also be many opportunities to meet the ambassadors in person.

Explore the Gold Coast
Once you've finished your run you'll have the opportunity to explore all that the Gold Coast has to offer. The region is one of the top tourist destinations in Australia thanks to its spectacular beaches, fantastic theme parks and great restaurants and cafés. In the Gold Coast there is accommodation to suit every budget, from the luxury five-star hotels at Main Beach to self-contained apartments at Surfers Paradise.


The Gold Coast Marathon website offers a wealth of information to help you prepare for the race. Here the marathon organisers share their top tips to kick start your training and help you reach the finish line, including entering early, setting your goals, getting the right footwear, how to start training, warm up and cool down exercises, how to stay hydrated, and knowing the course.


International flights fly directly into Gold Coast Airport in Coolangatta from Osaka, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Auckland and Christchurch. Alternatively, Brisbane Airport is 86 kilometres (53 miles) north of the Gold Coast, and there are many shuttle services available.


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Three Great Days on the Gold Coast

Three Great Days on the Gold Coast

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