Final preparations are being made for the 33rd Gold Coast Airport Marathon on Australia’s beautiful Gold Coast over the first weekend in July.

Race weekend offers the full 42.195km Gold Coast Airport Marathon, ASICS Half Marathon and Queensland Health 5km Challenge on Sunday 3 July.

On the Saturday, the program features a Wheelchair Half Marathon, Southern Cross University 10km Run, and Junior Dash 2km and 4km races.

All the courses are flat and fast with sweeping views of the beautiful Broadwater and golden surf beaches.  What also makes the Gold Coast Airport Marathon a ‘must run’ for runners worldwide are the added experiences that both the event and the Gold Coast offer.

 

With accommodation for all budgets, beautiful beaches, great surfing, award-winning restaurants, fun-filled theme parks and popular shopping spots, it’s no wonder the Gold Coast is one of the world’s leading holiday destinations.

For those that can’t make the race, there will be a live eight-hour webcast on the Sunday from 5.45am. A one-hour documentary is also being produced about the event following the preparation and race experiences of five first-time Australian marathon runners from vastly different backgrounds. Visit the event website to log on to the live webcast and to browse the television documentary schedule.

Next event date:

2-3 July 2011

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www.goldcoastmarathon.com.au

 

Online entries open soon for New Zealand’s premier cycle event – 160km around Lake Taupo in the centre of the North Island.

 

From humble beginnings with 26 riders in 1977, the Contact Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge now attracts more than 10,000 from New Zealand and around the world.

 

There is a range of 11 challenging events for both road riders and mountain bikers, competing either individually, in relay teams or at elite level.

 

The options provide for a single circuit of Lake Taupo as a solo rider, in a relay team or on a tandem. The Enduro event is 2 circuits (320km) of the lake, beginning at 1.30am on race day and for the truly fanatical, there is a four-circuit Maxi Enduro (640km) beginning the previous day.

Mountain bikers can complete the 80km Contact Huka MTB Challenge, either solo or in a two-member relay team. Riders cover almost every track in the Wairakei Mountain Bike park in the non-competitive event, which is on a par in time and difficulty with the Lake Taupo circuit.

 

All challenges start and finish on Tongariro Street, Taupo with pre- and post-event activities taking place on the Tongariro North Domain and the adjacent Great Lake Centre.

 

For children, there is a fundraising Heart Ride.

 

Early Bird entries available to 30th June.

 

Online entries open 1 July.

 

Next event date:

26 November 2011

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www.cyclechallenge.com

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