Each year athletes from all over the world of all shapes, sizes and ability levels descend upon the Gold Coast of Australia to run what is considered Australias ultimate destination marathon. The elite to run a fast, flat, scenic course along the Queensland coastline. Everyone else just to enjoy everything that the Gold Coast has to offer.
More than 16,000 people from around the world are set to ‘Embrace The Next Step’ and participate in the 30th annual Gold Coast Airport Marathon on Sunday 6 July 2008.
There is an event for all ages and fitness levels including the 42.2km Marathon, 21.1km Half Marathon, 10km Run, 7.5km Walk and Junior Dash races for the kids over 2.25km and 4km.
Regarded as the premier marathon in Australia, the Gold Coast Airport Marathon is also recognised worldwide for its fast, flat and scenic course and technical excellence. It is also the largest annual community sporting event held on the Gold Coast.
Established in 1979 with just 124 runners, the Gold Coast Airport Marathon has enjoyed incredible growth and now attracts elite competitors, fun runners, walkers and even juniors from around the world.
The marathon course is one of the most picturesque in the world - it runs alongside the magnificent Broadwater, sparkling Pacific Ocean surf beaches and past the multitude of high rises with the hinterland mountains as a glorious backdrop.
The Gold Coast Airport Marathon is annually attended by Australian running legends Rob de Castella, Steve Moneghetti, Kerryn McCann and Pat Carroll, and assembles a quality field of elite runners pursuing a slice of the largest prizemoney pool of any marathon event in Australia.
Yet there is an event for everyone from elite runners to social walkers, juniors to seniors, abled and disabled, and individuals to corporate groups, all striving for personal achievement and satisfaction. All finishers receive a commemorative medallion and shirt, with many other rewards also provided in each event.
Tens of thousands of spectators line the scenic course along with roving musicians and entertainers, creating an amazing atmosphere to help inspire and motivate the 16,000 participants.
This entertainment and atmosphere along with other social events including the Asics Sport & Leisure Expo and Legends Motivational Carbo Lunch ensure participants and supporters maximise their Gold Coast Airport Marathon experience.
Visitors to the Gold Coast for the event can enjoy direct flights into Gold Coast Airport, a huge range of accommodation, dining, public transportation and leisure activity options.
The Gold Coast Airport Marathon is nationally accredited by Athletics Australia and internationally by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS).
The 2008 Gold Coast Airport Marathon is a major event managed and presented by Queensland Events Gold Coast – a wholly owned subsidiary of Queensland Events.
The Gold Coast Airport Marathon, with its fast, flat course is considered the perfect course whether you are a seasoned or elite athlete looking for a personal best or wanting to run your first marathon through, what is known locally as, Surfers Paradise.
The marathon is a world class collage of bikinis, board shorts, and the excitement that is the Gold Coast. In between is some of the most beautiful coastline that Australia has to offer.