Gold Coast Marathon: High fives and beautiful beaches
The Gold Coast has long held a reputation for being an active lifestyle hub, and with good reason. Imagine running alongside the surf then hiking through the natural beauty of the hinterland with panoramic views of the rainforest touching the coast… Sounds like an athlete’s dream doesn’t it? You don’t have to look further than the sparkling waves of the Gold Coast to find one of the most picturesque places to exercise.
The Gold Coast Marathon (30 June to 1 July 2018) is a prime example of when people come together to take advantage of the pristine conditions. In fact, it was the first marathon in Australia to be awarded an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Road Race Gold Label.
Whether you’re training to participate, planning to watch and cheer from the sidelines, or just curious as to why the Gold Coast should be your next active adventure spot, here is your guide to active living on the Gold Coast (Gold Coast Marathon edition).
All athletes need fuel to smash those personal bests, and the Gold Coast has an abundance of eateries that will satisfy both your taste buds and your energy levels. See our guide to the best spots to grab a feed-in Southern Gold Coast, as well as our three-part blog series detailing bucket list worthy restaurants that you desperately need to try.
When race day arrives, getting to the event is easy, especially when competitors travel for free on the Gold Coast light rail.
There’s nothing like running to a backdrop of uninterrupted blue skies and matching ocean hues.
And for friendly competition, you’ll join 27,000 other participants as they weave through Surfers Paradise and its surrounding beachfront on one of the flattest and fastest courses in the world.
Combined with the great weather conditions of a Queensland winter (low humidity, mild temps and little to no wind), the event is the epitome of a perfect marathon. And, both experienced and amateur runners can strive for new personal best times.
Not only has the marathon got looks, the personality matches the beauty. You won’t need to fret about losing momentum during the race with the thousands of spectators cheering you on from the sidelines. The electric atmosphere will keep the adrenaline pumping all the way to the finish line.
Finishing any type of feat is an epic accomplishment that you should be proud of. Don’t forget to brag about your success and what better way to boast than posting a snap of you with your finishers medal in front of a stunning beachfront!
Cool down those muscles with a relaxing swim at one of the many beaches lining the coast. If the adrenalin is still flowing after conquering the Gold Coast on land, make your way through the plethora of beaches from Main Beach in the north down to Snapper Rocks at Coolangatta in the south.
After a dip, replenish the energy levels at one of the many fantastic restaurants on the Gold Coast as a reward for all your hard work.
Need some Runspiration while on the Gold Coast?
Work your way through this picture-perfect run sheet:
- On the northern side of Tallebudgera Creek sits the Burleigh Head National Park. The Oceanview Walk to the top of the hill ends with a view of the pristine waters of the creek and the waves of Palm Beach. Quench your thirst afterwards with an ice-cold beer at Burleigh Brewing.
- Set your sights on 93 hectares of coastal bushland at the Federation Walk Conservation Reserve. Start your day with a walk/run to the Gold Coast Seaway, or known to locals as The Spit. Looking south from the tip, you can see all the way down the coastline of the city. As the entrance is right across from Sea World, why not visit and learn about some of the creatures living under the surface of the water.
- Warning: This view is dangerously beautiful! Head to the most southern point of the Gold Coast, Point Danger at Coolangatta for a walk/run along the boardwalk. This scenic track gives a prime view of the pro surfers carving it up at Snapper Rocks, and if you’re lucky, between June and September you could spot the infamous humpback whales in their migration south. Check out our guide to Coolangatta’s hippest hangouts.
- Explore beyond the beaches at Currumbin Valley: walk the Mount Cougal section of Springbrook National Park, return for a cool down in the Currumbin Rock Pools before heading to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary to spend the afternoon cuddling up to local animals.
- Hike the hinterland at Lamington National Park for a sweeping view of the Gold Coast mountains, rainforest, and waterfalls. Stay overnight in this forest fantasy at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat to make the most of your hinterland adventure.
Top marathon tips:
- Training is super important, make sure you build up your stamina and put in the practice hours before you tackle the real thing.
- Don’t do anything new on race day: If you haven’t worn in those snazzy new shoes yet, race day is not the time to do it.
- Bring your family along to cheer you on.
- Set a realistic goal for yourself, it will make the achievement that much more special
- Have fun!