Gold Coast Marathon celebrates impressive 36 years since first ever race

It’s a big day for the Gold Coast Airport Marathon, as today marks 36 years since the first ever race was run in 1979.

Back then it was known as the Gold Coast International Marathon, and it was held in Evandale.

The first ever race attracted a field of 691 participants, which is a far cry from the over 27,500 runners who sign up to take part in the marathon today.


The brainchild behind the event was Rotarian and prominent local baker, John Goldstein, who wanted to start the marathon to educate locals about health and fitness.

Mr Goldstein said the original course was nothing like what it is today, and was instead held around Isle of Capri and Chevron Island as Council feared a beachfront course would interfere with too much with traffic.

To celebrate the Marathon’s 36th birthday, Gold Coasters are being encouraged to share their favourite GCAM moment from over the years on social media. To learn more about the Marathon’s humble beginning, visit