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The 34th Gold Coast Airport Marathon in Queensland, Australia is a Running Experience Like no other—Breathtaking
There is a race for every age and ability, so all can participate: This is a major Australian running event featuring a marathon, of course, but also a half marathon, 10K, 5K challenge, and junior dash races for the kids—4K and 2K. Join 25,000 participants June 30 – July 1, 2012 in beautiful Queensland as the Gold Coast welcomes the world.

The 34th Gold Coast Airport Marathon in Queensland, Australia is a Running Experience Like no other—Breathtaking

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Sunday, 22 January, 2012

Imagine running a marathon or half marathon on one of the most spectacular courses on earth; enjoy a flat and fast course along the unparalleled Gold Coast beaches and views. The climate is ideal for running, so set a goal for a personal best. You deserve the best, and you will find it in Queensland; experience an athletic challenge and a wonderful vacation like nowhere else. You can relax after your run on one of those golden beaches with award-winning restaurants to replenish the body and spirit. You could experience a surf club, thrill the family at a nearby theme park, or take to the sea on a whale-watch cruise; perhaps one of the championship golf courses would be on your itinerary.

You will have nighttime walks and views of the southern sky that will be spectacular too—a new sky with constellations not seen in the northern hemisphere. During the day watch the golden sun go from northeast to north to northwest before settling west with gorgeous sunsets. And that sunrise on race morning is spectacular. What an experience! What a way to log a marathon! You are ready for something truly new in a location that is truly awe inspiring; yes, this is the year.

This is one of the most scenic marathons in the world, with much of it along beachside locations and includes beautiful views of the expansive Southport Broadwater. The course is flat and ideal for long runs, as there is normally minimal wind and the temperature is nearly always around 68 to 72F. This is your perfect opportunity to record your marathon on a new continent—Australia, the land down under.

Perhaps you will sign on for a fundraising challenge and have the double satisfaction of doing good while running great. Share the experience with others—25,000 to 27,000 others from throughout Australia, Oceana, and the world.

All finishers will receive a commemorative medal, custom keepsake shirt, certificate of achievement and other rewards to mark the special occasion.

The Asics Sport and Leisure Expo
Do not miss the highly praised ASICS Sport & Leisure Expo at the state-of-the-art Gold Coast convention and Exhibition Centre—free to all visitors and exceptionally valuable for all runners and fitness enthusiasts. The Asics Expo will be open from daily from 29 June through 1 July and will serve as the Registration and Kit Collection Centre, or packet pickup with bib numbers, timing chips and various information and samples for each participant.

Exhibiters will feature the newest designs in running gear and shoes as well as the latest developments in apparel, training, fitness and nutrition. Be sure to bring your family and friends to this fun-filled event.

The World is Coming
Many elite athletes from around the world will take part—marathon, half marathon, and 10K stars—right on down to beginners and walkers in the 5K, or 4K and 2K Junior Dash. Gold Coast Airport Marathon and Queensland Events Gold Coast will welcome you to the beautiful and inspiring landscape/seascape.

It will be made all the more vibrant and exciting for runners with thousands along the route to cheer with an atmosphere they call “Runspiration”. There will be live music and other entertainment along the course as well as at the finish. It has earned the reputation as one of the favorite events in Australia and is the largest marathon in the country. This unique event will blast off on the weekend of 30 June and 1 July on a beautiful IAAF-certified waterfront course along Australia’s famed and amazingly beautiful Gold Coast.

Getting There
Please note that the Gold Coast Airport is the event sponsor—the races are not at the airport. Speaking of the airport, several airlines fly directly to Gold Coast; please visit . Or fly into Brisbane Airport, which is only an hour from Gold Coast and has many options from North America.

You can let the professionals do the planning for your travel and go to Amazing Running Tours (North American Travelers), as they offer packages for the marathon and more at

The outstanding race website is loaded with all the information needed, including news and contact information, registration and transportation information, charity, school and club details, training diaries and resources with lead-up recommendations, parking, shuttle and exposition information, course maps and pace runners, and so much more:

Please check out this outstanding Website to see what treats await you on the Gold Coast: and

Outstanding Marathon and Events for ALL Levels, ALL Ages
Pick the event that is right for you: The signature Gold Coast Airport Marathon, the Asics Half Marathon, the Southern Cross University 10K, the Gold Coast Bulletin 5K, or the Junior Dash—2K and 4K options. Walkers are welcome in the 5K.

The Gold Coast Airport Marathon is officially accredited by Athletics Australia and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). These races are certified, and Gold Coast Airport Marathon is a member of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS), and the Oceania Athletics Association. Their sister race is the Senshu International Marathon in Japan.

The Gold Coast Marathon is renowned for providing runners with a quality, exceptionally well organized race experience with thrills beyond compare in road racing. And now, for the third year in a row, these events have expanded and take place over two days—the first such road racing event in Australia to do so. Last year’s races drew over 24,700 athletes in total from many countries (over 5,000 in the marathon)! This year’s race is shaping up to be better than ever and expected to exceed 25,000 to perhaps 27,000 total participants. They don’t yet envision a cap because the wide open course and their large venues can handle those numbers. They are preparing well for you and for the increased capacity. They do a fantastic job preparing for you thanks to remarkable race planning.

Course Highlights
The spectacular sunrise is just the beginning of this rare treat as you race along the lovely Broadwater and Gold Coast Beaches. Participants will be treated to such locations as Wave Break Island, the breathtaking Southport Broadwater, bay and estuary, Surfer’s Paradise, Broad Beach, Mermaid Beach, Burleigh Heads and more. And throughout the out-and-back golden tour aid stations will be offering water and sports drinks along the IAAF-certified, entirely flat course, which parallels arguably the most beautiful beaches in the world. Your 26.2 miles will be a pleasant tour indeed.

Set a PR with this year’s pace teams. Pace groups provide fun and excitement for both first time and experienced marathoners who are looking to reach their running goals. See details on color coding and goal pace. The Gold Coast Airport Marathon—and Asics Half Marathon will be offering pace groups led by experienced pacers for a wide variety of finishing times, including Boston Marathon qualifying standards. Check the race website for more information. And check the wealth of training and preparatory information and advice.

Marathon and half marathon runners’ personalized bib numbers are a great take-home souvenir, and best of all with your name visible it provides you with recognition and your own personal cheering squad on the course, giving you an adrenaline charge that will help carry you to the finish line where more cheering crowds and the impressive finish line area will provide a memorable conclusion to what could easily be your most memorable and satisfying race experience.

The Weather and the Region—Ideal for Running and Vacationing
In the Southern Hemisphere July marks mid winter, but Queensland winters are ideal for running and for all outdoor activities. With an average temperature of 70 degrees, the “most popular marathon in Australia” is very comfortable and the weather most predictable. It is also a perfect time to swim, surf, hike and in general to enjoy all that this unique land has to offer.

Queensland’s Gold Coast is famous for its beaches (they do appear golden in the southern sun), but there is so much more to do before and/or after the running events. The sunshine, surf and beaches are enough for many, but there are excellent restaurants and theme parks and great accommodations for every taste.

Take a drive along the coast south to Springbrook National Park and some of the magnificent trails and unique flora and fauna. Have a look at the best of the magnificent marine life of the Gold Coast and Great Barrier Reef—the world’s most famous and most beautifully diverse reef.

Spend a little time swimming or surfing the world’s best beaches, exploring rain forests and discovering unique wildlife. You could see kangaroos, koalas, crocodiles, or many species of birds unique to this land. The Gold Coast and the Queensland environs will provide memories for a lifetime.

This one is for You—Get Down Under
The Gold Coast Airport Marathon has proven itself as one of the best planned, organized and administered marathon events in the world, and is a perfect opportunity to run in one of the most beautiful locations on earth. So get your travel plans in order, pack your running/surfing gear and enjoy the experience of a lifetime. You will take home memories that you’ll cherish forever.

Please check on these outstanding opportunities by visiting where you will find everything you need to know about the Gold Coast Airport Marathon. Gather all the details on these events and for your “Down Under” adventure and activities on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Experience your next marathon in the Southern Hemisphere; run and play in one of the most beautiful regions; run this uniquely Aussie event.

The countdown to the 34th Annual Gold Coast Marathon in Queensland, Australia has begun! It is simply Australia’s flattest, fastest course on the world-famous Gold Coast of Queensland. There is no event and event weekend like this! Get ready for a gorgeous, shoreline marathon and half marathon, 10K, 5K and Junior Dash 4K and 2K in a beautifully unique locale, running the first weekend in July of 2011.

The Gold Coast is one of the most desirable holiday destinations in the world at any time, and add to that a two-day celebration of fun and fitness with something for every friend and family member—and an ideal time to run along the Pacific. Thousands will embrace this magical event. There is no need for anyone to sit around waiting, because there is an event and a distance for all. Let’s go!



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