The biggest names in Australian marathon running history will be on hand to run alongside, back slap, high-five and cheer on participants to the finish line of the 39th Gold Coast Airport Marathon on 1-2 July.
Brisbane 1982 Commonwealth Games gold medallist and former world record holder Rob de Castella will lead the charge of running legends striding out with entrants along with 1994 Commonwealth Games gold medallist and Gold Coast 2018 Chef de Mission Steve Moneghetti, Australian female marathon record holder Benita Willis, Australian half marathon All-Comers record holder Pat Carroll and three-time Olympian Lee Troop, who is making a special trip from his home in Boulder USA.
Runners entered in the Southern Cross University 10km Run on Saturday 1 July will receive motivation from pacing shoulder to shoulder with their idols along the route starting at Broadwater Parklands, crossing the Sundale Bridge twice before venturing to Biggera Waters then returning to the parklands for a heroes’ welcome from family and friends.
Gold Coast Airport Marathon CEO Cameron Hart says that the opportunity for runners to attain a personal goal alongside those who have achieved greatness at the highest level is one not to be missed.
“There is no other race in Australia which offers participants the chance to run with the best of the best motivating and inspiring you every step of the way,” Mr Hart said.
“Many of us fondly remember egging on Deek in ’82; to have him cheer you on while you strive for your personal goal is a unique experience!”
Australian marathon running legend Rob de Castella says that he is looking forward to being a part of the event and supporting runners in reaching their goals.
“There is absolutely nothing better than running that last 100m down through the finish chute of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon and to be able to celebrate and share that with runners, to be able to give them a high-five or a hug, is going to be magnificent,” Mr de Castella said.
“It is an incredible feeling of accomplishment and I’m looking forward to being amongst it on the Gold Coast!
“It’s the best running weekend in the country; course, crowd, location and organisation, and my family and I want to be a part of it.”
Benita Willis, who called time on her professional career after the London 2012 Olympic Games, is excited about being in the mix with runners when the starter’s gun fires before the 10km journey.
“A big reason why I’m coming is to see the thousands of people enjoy the sport I love so much – no matter what their ability, gender, age or background. Seeing people achieve life-long goals is amazing and to be nearby when they do will be brilliant,” Ms Willis said.
“I love the Gold Coast and feeling the buzz of excitement in the air during the whole GCAM weekend – can’t wait!”
The 39th annual Gold Coast Airport Marathon will be held on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 July.
Set to attract more than 27,000 participants of all ages and abilities, this year’s race program will feature the Gold Coast Airport Marathon over 42.195km, Wheelchair Marathon, ASICS Half Marathon, Wheelchair 15km, Southern Cross University 10km Run, The Star Gold Coast 5.7km Challenge, Zespri 4km Junior Dash and Zespri 2km Junior Dash.
To enter or for more information visit goldcoastmarathon.com.au.