YOU may have noticed more Gold Coasters hitting the footpath in preparation for this year’s Gold Coast Airport Marathon.
It’s just one month away and is promising to welcome one of the fastest elite marathon fields ever assembled in Australia.
A stellar Japanese contingent is again on board, headlined by last year’s winner and equal race record holder Yuki Kawauchi.
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He will be challenge by sub-2:08 runner Arata Fujiwara, who boasts three Tokyo Marathon podium finishes.
For the first time, the Gold Coast Airport Marathon will hold IAAF Road Race Gold Label status, a first for any Australian race, and something the Japanese runners are excited about.
“This year’s race will go down in Australian running history and I’m honoured to be a part of it,” Kawauchi said.
“(It means) we will see quite a few leading runners from around the world which will result in a fierce race and hopefully an Australian record,” he added.
Runners will take their place at the start line on the Gold Coast Highway in Southport on Saturday July 5 and Sunday July 6, with organizers anticipating 30,000 participants across the full, half and wheelchair marathons along with the 10km, 5.7km and junior races.
Those keen to raise funds for a special cause or take part on behalf of a loved one are encouraged to sign up to runPositive.
You could receive a personal runPositive singlet, with your reason to run printed across the front, along with a unique profile page you can share with friends and family, plus the chance to win a share of prizes.
Head to the Marathon website for more information or to sign up.