A women’s race record and the first back-to-back men’s winner in 17 years headlined the 38th annual Gold Coast Airport Marathon on the weekend of 2-3 July. Proudly sponsored by the Southern Gold Coast’s own Gold Coast Airport and Southern Cross University in the 10km Run, the world class event proved again to be a highlight on the city’s sporting events calendar.
Kenyan elite Kenneth Mungara took out the 42km for the second year in a row. Mungara won in a time of 2:09:00, just pipping Japanese veteran Yuki Kawauchi who was one second behind. The finish was merely 20 seconds slower than Mungara’s race record in 2015.
In the women’s full marathon, Japanese runner Misato Horie was first across the line with a record-breaking time of 2:26:40.
Australian Duer Yoa beat his own personal best by two minutes to win the 21km half marathon in an impressive 1:03:50. Hiroyuki Sasaki was six seconds behind him in the sprint finish followed by Masaya Kakihara.
Fellow Australian Cassie Fien took out the half marathon for the women’s division in 1:11:21.
On the Saturday, the Southern Cross University 10km Run produced winners in Hugh Williams taking out the men’s race in 00:29:23 and Leanne Pompeani for the women’s in 00:33:59.
All in all, another fantastic year with exceptional numbers attending a quality event for our city. Congratulations to all at Events Management Queensland, the organisers, as well as all the supporters and volunteers for their efforts.
(Image credit: Gold Coast Airport Marathon)