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Marathon event details

Marathon event details

A fast, flat and picturesque course for the marathon is set to provide a fitting finale to the Games.

The marathon will provide an engaging experience for both community and visitors on the final day of GC2018 competition, enabling fans to get up close to the action from Runaway Bay in the north to Burleigh Heads in the south.


When are the marathon races?

The Marathon races will be held on Sunday 15 April.

The men’s and women’s T54 Wheelchair Marathon will start at 6:10am, the women’s Marathon at 7:20am and the men’s Marathon at 8:15am.

What is the course?

The Marathon course starts and finishes at the Southport Broadwater Parklands. The 42.195km course will take runners to a northern turn at Runaway Bay (4.4km), a loop back past the Southport Broadwater Parklands to a southern turn at Burleigh Heads (25.3km), before a final stretch north to the finish line.

The course has been designed to IAAF specification and modelled on the annual Gold Coast Marathon which is rated one of the best in the world.

While the route is very similar, the safety and security measures for the GC2018 Marathon will be different to the normal Gold Coast Marathon. Information on which roads will be closed and the duration of the closure will be available in early 2018.

Click here to view a video of the GC2018 Marathon Course

Marathon Course Map

How can spectators watch the marathon?

The Marathon will be a free event for spectators.

This is an amazing opportunity for residents and visitors to watch world class athletes in action from Runaway Bay in the north to Burleigh Heads in the south. 

Where is the best place to watch the marathon?

Spectators will be able to line almost the entire course which will create an amazing atmosphere.

There will be great vantage points in the parks and public spaces that adjoin the course which includes Runaway Bay, Biggera Waters, Labrador, Southport, Main Beach, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Mermaid Beach, Nobby Beach, Miami and Burleigh Heads.

Will there be spectator access to the start and finish area?

There will be restricted access to the start and finish area at the Southport Broadwater Parklands venue.

A Games initiative will be announced in the coming weeks which will include details on access into this area on GC2018 Marathon day.

Can I cross the course?

Several pedestrian crossing points will be located along the courses and they will be manned by event officials.

To ensure the safety and security of athletes, officials, spectators and residents, there will be no opportunity for vehicles to cross the course while the Marathon races are in progress.

Will the course be fenced?

Our top priority is to ensure the safety of athletes, officials, spectators and residents. Temporary barriers and fencing will be required to secure sections of the course.

How can spectators get to the marathon course?

Walking or cycling will be the best way for most spectators to find a viewing position along the Marathon course. 

A guide for the Marathon will be available in the lead up to the Games, and information will be available on the official GC2018 App as well as the GC2018 website.

Will transport and traffic be different?

Yes. To ensure the safety and security of athletes, officials, spectators and residents, there will be changes to the road network during the Marathon.

GOLDOC is working closely with the City of Gold Coast, Queensland Police Service and the Department of Transport and Main Roads to ensure this world-class event can be carried out safely while minimising the inconvenience to local residents and businesses.

Detailed information will be provided well in advance of the event to ensure local residents and businesses are aware of changes to road operations. 

Can I access roads on the course?

In some locations we will need to limit access to certain roads close to the course.

When will road closure information be available?

Information on which roads will be closed and the duration of the closure will be available in early 2018.

Signage will be erected along the course well in advance of the event with no parking advisory signs and road closure information.

Will my local bus stop move?

Public transport is a big part of GC2018 planning. There will be changes to local bus routes and stops. This information will be provided to commuters, local businesses and residents well in advance of GC2018.

What if there is a medical or other emergency?

GOLDOC is working closely with the Queensland Police Service, Queensland Ambulance Service and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services to ensure that emergency services have access to all areas.

Where can I find more information?

A comprehensive public awareness program called Get Set for the Games is aimed at ensuring all Gold Coast residents, businesses and visitors are ready to embrace the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of hosting a Commonwealth Games.

The Get Set team is supporting the local community to make necessary arrangements and plan ahead to work around temporary changes in the lead up to and during the event. As new information is released, the website will be updated with the latest information and the Get Set team will provide information to residents and businesses via a range of communication and engagement activities.

For information, contact the team on 1300 GOLDCOAST (1300 465 326) or email

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