Records were set on and off the track at this weekend’s Gold Coast Marathon with more than 27,000 people taking part in the annual running event.
Kenyan runner Kenneth Mungara made history with his third Gold Coast Marathon victory in four years, crossing the line in 2:09:49.
The 44-year-old used a surge in the closing stages to pull away from his 25-year-old Japanese rival Kenta Murayama.
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Mungara took away the winner’s prize money of $20,000 plus a $2,000 time bonus.
Kenya’s Ruth Chebitok set a race record and the fourth fastest time ever recorded in Australia with her win in the women’s division on Sunday.
Chebitok, the first Kenyan woman to win the race, took home the $20,000 winner’s purse as well as a $10,000 time bonus for her race record of 2:24:49.
Tourism Innovation Development Minister Kate Jones said the 40th Gold Coast Marathon was a huge success, presenting a great image of Queensland to a global audience.
“We’ve seen some truly remarkable performances this weekend from Kenneth Mungara and Ruth Chebitok winning the Gold Coast Marathon along with tens of thousands of everyday runners achieving personal goals,” she said.
“In addition to four race records falling, the event attracted a participation record of over 4,300 international runners.
“This includes record numbers from China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Macau and New Zealand, plus strong support from Japan and the United States.”