I am an avid runner, writer, counsellor, mum and wife who loves exploring the outdoors and discovering new and exciting places to explore.
On your marks, get set, go!
For all those running enthusiasts, the 5th and 6th of July 2014 signifies one of the most prestigious events, that is the Gold Coast Marathon.
Runners of all abilities are drawn to the Gold Coast like moths to a flame, to compete in an array of events from the junior 2km and 4km dash, the 5.6km, 10km, 15km wheelchair race, half and full marathons and the wheelchair marathon.
There is an event for everyone, from beginners to the elite athletes. The scenic course runs parallel to the famous Gold Coast beaches and Broadwater and boasts a reputation for being one of the fastest and flattest courses in the world!
Competitors and spectators can enjoy watching the sunrise over the calm blue waters, with low humidity, little wind and temperatures around the 20 degree mark. This annual event attracts crowds in excess of 30,000 and seems to be increasing each year.
The atmosphere is electric, not just for those who are competing, but for the family and friends that have come from far and wide to cheer their loved ones on. The Southport precinct comes alive with people filling the cafes and restaurants, all a stone's throw away from the course.
There are opportunities to meet racing legends such as Pat Carroll, Steve Moneghetti and Robert De Castella, all who are the ambassadors for the Gold Coast Marathon. With a range of accommodation from luxury units to basic motels you will find accommodation to suit everyone's taste and budget, just be sure to book in advance!
Runners lining up at the start of the half marathon
Competitors have the opportunity to raise money, either by themselves or as part of a team for their chosen charity. Last year participants in the Gold Coast Marathon raised over $500,000 for charity which was a tremendous effort for all involved.
Early bird entries close Wednesday the 21 of May and all entries close on the 4th of July. From the elite athlete to the novice, from ages 5 to 100, the Gold Coast marathon offers an opportunity like no other, for there is no better feeling than crossing that finish line at the end.
Smiles all round after completing the half marathon