The picturesque course for Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games has today been unveiled.
GOLDOC chairman Peter Beattie revealed the 42.195km road course, which he says is set to provide a fitting community finale to the Games.
“We are delighted to be able to deliver a spectacular course for the marathon which is one of the iconic events in the history of the Commonwealth Games,” Mr Beattie said.
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Starting and finishing at the Southport Broadwater Parklands, the course will take runners and wheelchair athletes to a northern turn (4.4km) at Runaway Bay, on a flat and scenic route to a southern turn (25.3km) at Burleigh Heads, before an exciting final stretch back to Southport for the finish.
“The marathon course is not only flat and conducive to fast racing, it is one of the most picturesque in the world and will showcase the Gold Coast to a global audience of 1.5 billion people.”
The wheelchair marathon, which will be held for the first time ever at a Commonwealth Games, will start at 6:10am, with the women’s marathon at 7:20am and men’s marathon at 8:15am.
Minister for the Commonwealth Games Kate Jones said that as one of the free events on the GC2018 program, fans will be able to line the course and create a memorable atmosphere for the athletes on the final day of competition.
“There are 42 kilometres of vantage points to witness these amazing endurance athletes in action on one of the most scenic courses in the world,” she said.
The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games will take place from 4-15 April 2018.