A women’s race record and the first back-to-back men’s winner in 17 years headlined the 38th annual Gold Coast Airport Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, in glorious Gold Coast conditions on Sunday 3 July.
Misato Horie took out her first Gold Coast Airport Marathon in the record time of 2:26:40, making it five consecutive wins by Japanese runners in the women’s race on the Gold Coast.
Looking to repeat last year’s win in record time, Kenya’s Kenneth Mungara upstaged 2013 winner Yuki Kawauchi in an epic battle that went right down to a sprint finish. The 42-year-old clocked 2:09:00 to break the tape only 1s ahead of Kawauchi.
More than 26,400 people took part in the Gold Coast Airport Marathon weekend, with a record number of entrants in the 42.195km race, international participant figures soaring to 3,487 from 65 countries and four momentous race records.
Events Management Queensland CEO Cameron Hart wrapped up the event, acknowledging the tremendous contribution of all sponsors, stakeholders, volunteers, staff and the community.
“With the IAAF Road Race Gold Label as one of only 30 races in the world with that status, we believe we have the standard of delivery and level of racing to feature in the upper echelon of marathon events in the world,” said Hart.
“The weekend’s event is the culmination of over a decade of work and collaboration with all of our key stakeholders. Each year we strive to improve on the previous years’ achievements and certainly those goals were realised this year.
“We have received some tremendous feedback on how well the city of Gold Coast embraced this event and understood its importance and heritage.
“The Gold Coast Airport Marathon is a vital part of the Gold Coast’s personality and showcases its value to the ongoing promotion of the city and Queensland as we look towards the Commonwealth Games in 2018 and beyond.”
Run for the good times at Australia’s premier road race and strive for a personal best on the flattest and fastest course in the country on 1 – 2 July 2017.