For athletes who take competitions seriously, “going for the gold” is a big motivational factor when training and performing. Gold is respected, valued and even feared throughout the world. For countries whose economic systems are based on the gold standard, no other collateral is as powerful and formidable.

Even the word “gold” attracts attention because it suggests riches, wealth and prosperity. Perhaps locals to Australia saw that potential when they named a shoreline section of Queensland “The Gold Coast.”

Visit this thriving area and you will understand why the designation is so appropriate and why your 2020 marathon wish list should include participating in Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon 2020, set to be held on the 4th and 5th of July.

Fall in love with the Gold Coast

Turn your participation in this popular marathon into a full-blown vacation by taking advantage of the Gold Coast’s myriad of attractions and natural wonders.

You’re invited to beach hop along the coastline (an awesome place to train for your event), swim beneath waterfalls in the Gold Coast hinterland (cool down once you’ve finished your training runs) and then re-start your heartbeat at world-class theme parks.

Re-fuel your body by taking a tour of the area’s burgeoning culinary scene or push your fear factor to the limit by free falling 12,000 feet over the Gold Coast to show the world that challenges don’t phase you.

Especially since you’re living a healthy, happy life spiced up by your passion for marathon running. All of this is possible if you start planning now for your participation in Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon 2020.

Photo Credit: Gold Coast Marathon

A marathon with a distinguished reputation

How many marathons can you name that have been successfully staged for 42 years? Runners from around the world make plans in advance because they love the flat, fast, scenic course that delights the senses as athletes skim the the Gold Coast’s renowned surf beaches and stunning broad water during their event.

Low humidity and mild temperatures make this marathon one of the most popular in the world—as evidenced by video footage shot by the RunSociety team at the 2017 event.

For folks who worry that their category isn’t included on the marathon menu, relax. One of the reasons this world class event attracts an average of 28,000 competitors from 50 nations has to do with so many diverse category options.

Which of these eight categories is your best option? Will you choose the:

  • Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon;
  • Wheelchair Marathon;
  • ASICS Half Marathon;
  • Wheelchair 15km;
  • Southern Cross University 10km Run;
  • Gold Coast Airport Fun Run;
  • Garmin 4km Junior Dash or
  • Garmin 2km Junior Dash.

We told you that there was something for everyone at the Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon.

Photo Credit: Gold Coast Marathon

A race to run and a place to learn

Come for the challenge. Stay for the Expo! In addition to your marathon event, you’re invited to attend the annual ASICS Sport & Leisure Expo during the Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon weekend.

Australia’s largest running expo is to be held at Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre in Broadbeach from Thursday 2 July to Saturday 4 July 2020.

Grab the opportunity to tour displays put on by 50+ high-profile companies, each exhibiting the latest and greatest runner-related merchandise.

See new advances on the in nutritional and fitness technology fronts and enjoy free Wi-Fi access so you stay connected to everyone in your universe, even if you’re away for a week. You can also pick up your race numbers at the expo.

Sound good? Of course it does. Registration just opened and early bird fees are valid until 30 April, so you can use the money you save on entry fees for your plane ticket by ensuring your place on the start line as soon as you block out these dates on your calendar.

Photo Credit: Gold Coast Marathon

You will be in awesome company

One of the most amazing things about the Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon has to do with the diversity of people participating in this race. Some come for the prestige and reputation.

Others want to meet runners from around the globe. High-profile athletes will be on hand to challenge themselves, as will ordinary citizens of all ages and stages of life.

You could even run into Australian marathon legends Rob de Castella, Steve Moneghetti, Pat Carroll and Benita Willis and event ambassadors Andrew ‘Reidy’ Reid and Dani Byrnes, all of whom have committed to attend.

Perhaps the most compelling reason to attend this marathon has to do with your interest in helping others.

Each year, contestants run for charities like the Cancer Council of Queensland, an organisation dedicated to researching this disease and local Gold Coast charity LIVIN, a nonprofit seeking to end the stigma of mental illness through school education programmes.

Seeing is believing

You’re invited to visit the Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon Facebook page to glimpse a short burst of video footage shot at the marathon.

Take a stroll down memory lane by perusing photos taken over the years.

If you spot familiar faces as you browse those photos, that’s because this marathon has a devoted following.

You have lots of time to schedule leave from your job, to recruit your friends to join you on this adventure, to let your family know that you won’t be around and to make all of the advance plans necessary to ensure an experience that you will never forget.

What will you do right now to launch your game plan, so you don’t miss a moment of the 42nd running of the Gold Coast or your personal opportunity to explore this wondrous area of the world?

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Aidan H.

Aidan is the Editor-in-Chief of RunSociety. With more than a decade of editorial and marketing experience working with over thousands of writers. Aidan has also written for several popular websites reaching millions of readers. Recognised as an expert on the web, his focus is to oversee RunSociety’s Creativity Channel, spanning a wide range of inspirational and enriching topics daily to the community. Get in touch with him if you have something to say, or want to weigh in on an interesting topic at

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