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until the 2018 Commonwealth Games commence.
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April 4 to 15 2018


Griffith University is the Presenting Partner of the GC2018 Marathon, which will include four races - the men's marathon, women's marathon, men's T54 (para) marathon and women's T54 (para) marathon.

Starting and finishing at the spectacular Southport Broadwater Parklands, this course will take athletes to a northern turn at Runaway Bay, on a flat and scenic route to a southern turn at Burleigh Heads, before an exciting final stretch back to Southport for the finish. There will be some great places to view the Marathon course along the picturesque coastline. Please note there will be no public access to the start and finish line in the venue.

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Runaway Bay to Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast

Before you leave


    There are lots of free things to see and do around the Marathon event - keep an eye out for roaming entertainers in Southport Broadwater Parklands and along the course.

    The CBD Street Party is a free public celebration being held in Gold Coast Chinatown, Southport and will run every day of GC2018 from early until late. There will be a big screen broadcasting GC2018, a daily line-up of the best local live music acts, artistic installations and plenty of activities to entertain the kids.

    The Festival 2018 sites at Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach will play GC2018 coverage on the big screens during the Marathon. The full program of music, theatre, circus and dance performances will begin at 9am at Broadbeach and from 1pm at Festival 2018 in Surfers Paradise.  


    Sunday 15th April

    Runaway Bay (6.10am – 8.30am)
    Labrador (6.10am – 9.40am) Southport (6.10am – 11.15am)
    Surfers Paradise (6.30am – 11.00am) Broadbeach (6.45am – 10.45am)
    Burleigh Heads (7.00am – 10.15am)

    Start times

    6:10am - T54 Men’s & Women’s Wheelchair Marathon (expected first finisher 7.35am)
    7:20am - Women’s Marathon (expected first finisher 9.45am)
    8:15am - Men’s Marathon (expected first finisher 10.25am)
    8:39am - Gold Run 2018 Racing Wheelchairs (expected first finisher 8.49am)
    8:40am - Gold Run 2018 Runners (expected first finisher 8.55am)


    The GC2018 App includes all the information you’ll need to know for the free events in one place. You’ll find course maps, fun facts and more.

    All road events are outdoors so prepare for all weather conditions. Allow plenty of time for travel and be prepared for crowds.
    All the cheering and celebrating works up an appetite, so bring a picnic with you or fuel up at the local cafés, restaurants and shops along the course

    This is your chance to line the streets and celebrate GC2018, and help showcase the Gold Coast to the world!

    There are plenty of ways to have fun and decorate! Get creative and make some noise or plan your own celebrations by dressing up and getting your face paint on. We have lots of ideas in our Embrace the Race toolkit and our Celebrate GC2018 information pack.

    Official GC2018 Community Celebration Packs and Party Decorations are now available!

    Also, look out for roaming entertainers who will be out and about in the Southport Parklands area and along the course.

    Get together, have some fun and don’t forget to share your special moments with us by tagging #gc2018 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Getting there and back

GC2018 is the largest sporting event Australia has seen this decade, so make sure you allow plenty of time for travel.

There are many travel options to get you to and from the GC2018 Marathon. The earlier you plan your journey, the more you’ll enjoy your GC2018 experience. Get active and walk or cycle to your favourite spot along the marathon course or purchase a go card and take public transport.  Find your spot on the course maps, then select “Another Location” on the GC2018 Journey Planner and input your desired destination to find the best way there. A ticket needs to be purchased for public transport.


    The roads will be extremely busy.
    If you’re travelling locally, walking or cycling will be the easiest way to get to a good spot along the course. Bike parking is available along the course. Plan your active travel route.

    If you are heading from the south of the Gold Coast, follow Borobi and his footprints on the Official GC2018 Borobi Fan Trail which begins from the GC2018 Superstore in Victoria Park, Broadbeach and continues through Surfers Paradise, Main Beach and the Broadwater Parklands.

    Many bus routes will run frequently across the City during GC2018 and can take you close to the course. Check out the Journey Planner to plan your route.

    Catch the train to Helensvale station. From there, you can catch the G:link where you can then walk to the course.

    Walk, catch a bus or train to the G:link light rail, from Southport station as far as Broadbeach South where you can get within walking distance of the course.

    go card is TransLinks’s electronic ticket to fast, easy and convenient travel.

    Use go card on all TransLink bus, train (including the Airtrain), ferry and tram services in greater Brisbane, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast regions. go cards can be purchased online, over the phone on 13 12 30 or at a number of retail locations. Check out translink.com.au for more information.



    Hydration is important for both athletes and spectators. Make sure you bring plenty with you. Choose Tap! The City of Gold Coast has a number of public water refill points in and around the course. Please bring a reusable water bottle to refill during the day.

    The only way to get around the course will be by foot so ensure you are wearing comfortable clothing and footwear.
    Take a folding chair, hat, water and sunscreen and try to avoid bringing strollers.

    You can get close to the action of the athletes, but make sure to stay behind the barriers (including selfie sticks), listen to the stewards and only cross at the pedestrian crossing points along the route.
    Dogs must be kept on a lead and filming must be for personal, non-commercial purposes only and flash photography is prohibited during competition.

    Watching from the side of the road, you are part of the course. Cheer, yell and applaud athletes as they take on the challenges of the race.

    Bang your saucepans or bring your cowbells to line the course and make some noise.

    There’s plenty of ways to celebrate and decorate! Get creative and make some noise or plan your own celebrations by dressing up and getting your face paint on. We have lots of ideas in our Embrace the Race toolkit and our Celebrate GC2018 information pack.

Fast facts

  • The GC2018 Marathon is proudly presented by Griffith University
  • The race distance of a Marathon is 42.195km.
  • Para sport athletes will compete for medals in the men’s and women’s T54 Wheelchair Marathon for the first time at a Commonwealth Games.
  • Australia has won the most men’s and women’s Commonwealth Games Marathon gold medals with five each.
  • The wheelchair competitors will push at almost 30km/hr (2:05 mins/km), the men run at almost 20km/hr (3:05 mins/km) and the women run at about 17km/hr (3:30 mins/km)
  • More than 800 Marathons are held around the world each year with the vast majority of competitors being recreational runners.

Did you know?

The awe-inspiring Marathon races at Southport Broadwater Parklands form part of the exciting and diverse sport of Athletics at GC2018. The Marathon athletes will showcase their amazing endurance on one of the world’s most beautiful courses. There will be four Marathon medal events at GC2018. In addition to the men’s and women’s races, there will be thrilling men’s and women’s T54 wheelchair Marathon races for the first time at a Commonwealth Games.