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Marathon

If you car has been towed from the Marathon course, please call Policelink on 131444 and provide your registration details. You will be given the collection point for your vehicle.

The marathon will provide an engaging experience for both community and visitors on the final day of GC2018 competition, Sunday 15 April, enabling fans to get up close to the action from Runaway Bay in the north to Burleigh Heads in the south.

To ensure safety and the smooth running of this competition there will be temporary changes to traffic, parking, public transport and access to some areas during the GC2018 Marathon. If you have to travel during this time, please be aware that the roads will be busier than usual. Plan ahead and leave plenty of time for your journey. Pedestrian access will be maintained along the race route, so walking and cycling may be better options to access local areas.

  • Avoid coastal roads and use western roads.
  • If you need to travel during road closure hours, park west of affected roads.

Download the GC2018 Marathon Fact Sheet (PDF 2.2MB) and follow us on Facebook or Twitter to receive regular updates on temporary Games changes.

Visit gc2018.com/venue/marathon for more details including an event guide.

For those wanting to party, the CBD Street Party is a free public celebration being held in Gold Coast Chinatown, Southport and will run every day of the Games from early until late. There will be a big screen televising the Games, a daily line-up of the best local live music acts, artistic installation Museum of the Moon programmed by Festival 2018 and plenty of activities to entertain the kids. Why don’t you stop off there on the way to or from the Marathon course?

Race day program

Race Start time Expected first finisher Expected last finisher

Men’s and Women’s T54 Wheelchairs

6.10am

7.35am (M)

7.50am (W)

8.35am

Women

7.20am

9.45am

10.20am

Men

8.15am

10.25am

11.15am

Gold Run 2018 5km Racing Wheelchairs

8.39am

8.49am

9.40am

Gold Run 2018 5km Runners

8.40am

8.54am

9.40am

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.

Watch a video of the course below:

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. Find details of road closures and other restrictions below.

Marathon Course Map

Road closures

As the GC2018 Marathon event moves around the Gold Coast on Sunday 15 April, some roads will be closed for part of the day to ensure this world-class event can be carried out safely while minimising the inconvenience to local residents and businesses. While every effort will be made to minimise any inconvenience, we appreciate your patience during this once in a lifetime event.

  • Sundale Bridge will be closed in both directions for this event.
  • SeaWorld Drive will remain open with limited access both ways via Stafford Street in Main Beach. Expect delays.

 

Suburb Road closed Between Closed from Re-opens

Runaway Bay

Bayview Street

Lee Road & Ocean Street

12.30am

10.30am

Biggera Waters

Marine Parade

Ocean Street & Brisbane Road

12.30am

10.30am

Labrador

Brisbane Road

Gold Coast Highway & Turpin Road

12.30am

10.30am

Gold Coast Highway

Brisbane Road & Broad Street

12.30am

1.00pm

Frank Street

Broad Street & Marine Parade

12.30am

1.00pm

Marine Parade

Broad Street & Frank Street

12.30am

1.00pm

Southport

Marine Parade

Frank Street & Stevens Street

12.30am

1.00pm

Gold Coast Highway

Stevens Street & North Street

12.30am

1.00pm

Gold Coast Highway

North Street & Ada Bell Way

12.30am

1.00pm

Gold Coast Highway

Sundale Bridge

(Ada Bell Way to Tedder Avenue)

3.00am

12.00pm

Main Beach

Waterways Drive

Gold Coast Highway & MacArthur Parade

12.30am

12.30pm

Main Beach Parade

Waterways Drive & MacArthur Parade

12.30am

12.30pm

Main Beach Parade

MacArthur Parade & Ferny Avenue

12.30am

12.30pm

Surfers Paradise

Main Beach Parade

Ferny Avenue & Surfers Paradise Boulevard

12.30am

12.00pm

The Esplanade

Higman Street & Trickett Street

12.30am

12.00pm

Northcliffe Terrace

Trickett Street & Vista Street

12.30am

12.00pm

Garfield Terrace

Vista Street & Fern Street

12.30am

12.00pm

Fern Street Garfield Terrace & Old Burleigh Road 12.30am 12.00pm

Old Burleigh Road

Fern Street & First Avenue

12.30am

12.00pm

Broadbeach

Old Burleigh Road

First Avenue & Armrick Avenue

12.30am

12.00pm

Broadbeach Boulevard

First Avenue & Queensland Avenue

12.30am

12.00pm

Old Burleigh Road

Queensland Avenue & Alexandra Avenue

12.30am

12.00pm

Mermaid Beach

Hedges Avenue

Alexandra Avenue & Seashell Avenue

12.30am

12.00pm

Miami

Albatross Avenue

Seashell Avenue & Chairlift Avenue

12.30am

12.00pm

Marine Parade

Chairlift Avenue & Hythe Street

12.30am

12.00pm

Hythe Street

Marine Parade & Gold Coast Highway

12.30am

12.00pm

Gold Coast Highway

Hythe Street & Kratzmann Avenue

12.30am

12.00pm

Kelly Avenue

Gold Coast Highway & The Esplanade

12.30am

12.00pm

Burleigh Heads

Kratzmann Avenue

Gold Coast Highway & The Esplanade

12.30am

12.00pm

The Esplanade

Kelly Avenue & Gold Coast Highway

12.30am

12.00pm

 

Waterway closures
  • Mitchell Park carpark and boat ramp closed: Friday 23 February – Monday 30 April
  • Loders Creek carpark and boat ramp closed: Sunday 1 April – Wednesday 18 April

 

Changed traffic conditions

Marathon Changed Traffic Conditions map

Download a printable copy of the Marathon Changed Traffic Conditions map (PDF 286KB)

Parking restrictions and towing

During the event, there will be changes to on-street parking along the marathon race route and in nearby areas. Parking restrictions will be sign-posted in advance of the event.

The entire course (see red shaded area on map above) including 20 metres of every side street that meets the course will be a no parking and tow away zone.

Towing will commence from 6pm on Saturday 14 April in advance of road closures. For towing enquires on the day, please call Policelink on 131 444

How to 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.

Why not get active and walk or cycle to your favourite spot along the course. There are some great vantage points along the route where you will get close to the action, so grab your friends and family and cheer the athletes on at the suggested locations and times below:

  • Runaway Bay: 6.10am to 8.30am
  • Labrador: 6.10am to 9.40am
  • Southport: 6.10am to 11.15am
  • Surfers Paradise: 6.30am to 11.00am
  • Broadbeach: 6.45am to 10.45am
  • Burleigh Heads: 7.00am to 10.15am.

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. Read more about changes to public transport.

More information, including an event guide for the Marathon, is available on the GC2018 website and on the official GC2018 App.

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.

Gold Run 2018 will start and finish at the GC2018 Marathon start line, with the 5km course taking participants north to a turnaround point in Labrador and then back south to a grandstand finish at Southport Broadwater Parklands. For more information, visit gc2018.com/goldrun.

Can I cross the course?

Pedestrian crossings are in place at all major intersections during road closure periods. Footpaths and pedestrian access will be maintained along the course, so walking and cycling may be better options to local access areas.

Access to and from The Spit will be possible via course crossing points on Stafford Avenue at Main Beach Parade and MacArthur Parade.

Access will be largely maintained for the duration of the Marathon road closures however delays to motorists are expected while athletes are on the course.

It is recommended that trips to and from the area are retimed or reduced if possible as it is expected to be busier than usual.

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.

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