The best Gold Coast Airport Marathon ever

Marathon line up

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THE 36th Gold Coast Airport Marathon has been dubbed the best in the race’s history as it wraps up for another year.

Although the mornings were chilly, the sun delivered picture-perfect conditions for the two-day event which attracted people from all over the world.


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In all, there were 27,159 participants of all ages and abilities who competed across the eight events.

Thousands more colourful spectators lined the streets between Paradise Point and Burleigh to cheer on all those who had a go.

Marathon spectators

2014 Gold Coast Airport Marathon IMAGE: myGC.com.au

On Saturday, 11868 keen runners took part in the 10km and 5.7km challenge, and the two Junior Dash’s – including the 2km event which smashed its entry figure record with 1087 participants.

A further 15291 people stepped up for the big events on Sunday, including 16 in wheelchairs.

Wheelchair start

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Just under 10000 braved the single-digit dawn temperatures for the ASICS Half Marathon, while 5617 courageous athletes pounded the pavement in the full 42km Gold Coast Airport Marathon.

Kenya’s 22-year-old Silah Limo stole the show, after completing the full 42km race in two hours, nine minutes and 13 seconds – a new Australian all-comers record. It was also his first ever Marathon.

Limo

Kenya’s 22-year-old Silah Limo steals the show on debut IMAGE: goldcoastmarathon.com.au

He was followed closely by American Jeffrey Eggleston, who crossed the line after two hours, 10 minutes and 52 seconds, while last year’s winner and previous record holder of the main event, Japan’s Yuki Kawauchi, came in third at two hours, 11 minutes and 27 seconds.

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