Celebrating its 34th year, the Gold Coast Airport Marathon attracted close to 25,000 participants in 2011, with more anticipated for this year's event held on 30 June and 1 July 2012. Proclaimed as "Australia's fastest, flattest course", this major running event is held on the scenic Gold Coast coastline alongside its famous beaches and broadwater attracting not only local but also international runners who travel from all over the world to participate.
[ADVERT]Who Can Enter? The Gold Coast Airport Marathon has six scheduled races that are open to various age groups. Run to compete for prizes, pleasure, to fundraise for a cause or just to benefit your own health and well-being.
1. Gold Coast Airport Marathon (1 July 2012). For ages 18 and over. There are 15 separate age categories. 2. ASICS Half Marathon (1 July 2012). Ages 15 and over can enter. There are 17 separate age categories.
3. Wheelchair Half Marathon (30 June 2012). For ages 12 and over. There are no separate age categories. 4. Southern Cross University 10km Run (30 June 2012). For ages 12 and over. There are 18 separate age categories.
5. Queensland Health Challenge 5.7km (30 June 2012). This race is open to all ages although entrants under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This particular race is geared more towards running for pleasure as there is no prize money or trophies awarded. Parents with prams may participate. 6. Junior Dash (30 June 2012). There are two races in the Junior Dash consisting of a 2km and 4km race. The 2km race is open to participants aged 5 to 10 years and the 4km race is open to participants aged 5 to 14 years.
You can enter as an individual or a team of 20 or more people. Entries open on 12 March, 2012 and close on 29 June for individuals and 30 May for teams. Entering online will save you $5 compared with paper entries and a further $20 if you secure the early bird fee by registering before 31 May 2012. Early bird entrance fees range from $25 for the Junior Dash to $120 for the full Marathon. (International entrants attract a larger fee.) For more information on fees and how to enter visit the website.
Can I Win Prizes? Yes, everyone's a winner. Category winners will each walk away with a trophy and prize money. All participants who complete their race will win a 'finishers reward' in the form of a commemorative medal, t-shirt or cap.
The official charity of the event is Cancer Council Queensland and participating in the marathon is a great way to support either this charity or another cause of your choosing. For more information about fundraising visit the website Everyday Hero.