If there’s one thing you can be sure of, it’s blue skies and sunshine when it really matters – Gold Coast Marathon weekend.
This year, more than 27,500 people took part in the 37th annual Gold Coast Airport Marathon - and organisers were delighted with the two-day IAAF Road Race Gold Label event.
Runners chose from a full or half marathon on Sunday and 10km or 5.7km on Saturday – plus two Junior Dash distances for younger runners.
Some chose to run both days – like Sarah-Jane Marshall who, on Saturday, finished the 10km in 1:13:30, followed by the 5.7km with toddler Archie in 38:21 and ran the marathon on Sunday in 5:46:29.
Local runner Judy Pound achieved a different kind of personal record, completing her 30th Gold Coast Half Marathon in 2:42:03.
We are all really pleased with the way everything came together, on the back of the success of 2014,” said Events Management Queensland CEO Cameron Hart.
“There were pretty high expectations for this year and I believe they’ve been met.
“Not only did all the runners have a good time, but a major contributor to the success was the Gold Coast community.
“This year many runners, both elite and social, commented on how fantastic the Gold Coast residents were in cheering them on course.
“Many runners claimed personal bests as a result of the encouragement and support they received from Gold Coasters along the track.
“The weather played its part and the images beamed to all corners of the world through traditional and social media have been absolutely stunning.
“Importantly for the Gold Coast economy, of the 27,500 runners, 21,000 were from outside the Gold Coast, bringing friends and family to most likely exceed last year’s estimated economic impact of $21 million.”
If you fancy a glorious mid-winter get-away and fabulous running experience, mark the first weekend of July 2016 in your diary now.