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Gold Coast Marathon goes virtual for 2020 on Global Running Day

Gold Coast Marathon goes virtual for 2020 on Global Running Day
June 3, 2020

Events Management Queensland  have announced that following the recent cancellation of the Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon, from today - Global Running Day - and for the first time in event history participants are able to register to run the Marathon virtually. 

The Marathon, originally scheduled for 4th-5th July, was cancelled due to COVID-19 and the subsequent Queensland Public Health Order preventing mass participation events. 

Events Management Queensland Chief Executive, Cam Hart said that although cancelling the event was an unavoidable and unfortunate decision due to the pandemic, the virtual run gives participants the opportunity to still connect with the event and achieve a personal goal ‘alongside’ thousands of other members of the event’s advocates.

Hart notes “we are excited, even during these times, to still give people the opportunity to run the Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Virtual Marathon from wherever they are in the world.

“This year has been a challenging one for most people and with so much preparation going into the event, we want to give participants the chance to put their training towards completing our virtual event and still receive a sense of the good times on offer every July.

“Our running community is a special one and we have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm, support and well-wishes from our supporters, so naturally we wanted to give back to the participants who are the heart and soul of the event each year.”

“The virtual run will attract international interest in the Gold Coast as a world class events and holiday destination and will play a valuable role in promoting the Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon on 3rd-4th July 2021.”

The virtual event will be free for runners, wheelies and walkers of all ages and abilities to join and there are six distances on offer including the  Village Roadshow Theme Parks  Gold Coast  Virtual  Marathon, ASICS  Virtual Half Marathon, Southern Cross University  Virtual  10km Run, Gold Coast Airport  Virtual  5km  Fun Run and the 4km and 2km Junior Dash. 

Participants will be required to complete their run between Wednesday 1st and Friday 31st  July 2020 using the event’s official app, ASICS Runkeeper, or a similar GPS application and upload their result online. There is also the opportunity to participate in multiple events over the month of July or use shorter race distances as training runs for the full marathon.  

Those taking part can even don a personalised  virtual race bib, available for download during registration, while daydreaming about the Gold Coast’s famous flat, fast and scenic course located alongside the city’s renowned surf beaches and stunning broadwater. 

2004 World Cross Country Champion and Gold Coast-based Lace Up Running coach Benita Willis said offering the events virtually is a great initiative to keep up training momentum and achieve previously set goals.

Wills added “During this time, it is really hard to stay motivated with just training alone so for myself, the athletes I coach and the running community, it’s fantastic to have a race goal to aim for. The format of the virtual run also provides the opportunity for multiple attempts at your favourite distance or to try a different distance each week during the month of July.” 

Friends, family and foes will be vying for bragging rights with results available for all to see on the event website during the month of July and  personalised  finisher certificates shareable on social media with the event hashtag #GCM20. 

Those with grander aspirations can aim for the Oceania Virtual Marathon and Half Marathon Championships, the Queensland Virtual Half Marathon Championships and the  Uni Sport  Virtual Distance Running Championships. 

Participants can also donate to official charities Cancer Council Queensland and LIVIN via the registration platform. 

For more information and to register, visit goldcoastmarathon.com.au/virtual

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