Sunshine Coast Marathon Launch
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Dozens of runners will hit the pavement next week to launch the 2019 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon Festival and kickstart fundraising for local community groups and charities.
Teams from Sunshine Coast Council, Ausmar, Atlas Multisports and McDonalds will compete in a relay marathon from Noosa to Alexandra Headlands on Friday 19 July, 2019, with runners swapping every 5kms and finishing as a team.
The charity run is a curtain raiser for the main event – the eighth annual 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon and Community Run Festival on Sunday 4 August, 2019.
A record number of competitors is expected at next month’s event, with thousands of runners signing up to take on the challenge.
With less than 30 days to go, the half and full marathon events are at 75% capacity and more than 6000 expected on the day.
Runners from more than 22 countries will be represented across the 2km, 5km, 10km, 21.1km and 42.2km distances, with competitors from China, Great Britain, Canada and France making plans to travel to the Sunshine Coast for the event.
An exciting elite field is lined up with event Ambassadors Ana Croger and Clay Dawson competing in the Channel 7 Marathon and Jack Rayner and Sinead Diver back defending their McDonald’s Half Marathon titles.
With the McDonald’s Half Marathon being awarded the ‘IAAF Bronze Label’ status, the ‘Label’ categorises the best elite races, giving athletes, fans and media guidance towards the world’s finest competitions.
Event Director Jason Crowther said the new status had enticed many elite, international and domestic runners to compete.
“This historic achievement is testament to the meticulous attention to detail and effort that is put into the 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon Festival every year,” Mr Crowther said.
“It’s also great news for any competitor looking to run a personal best as this status signifies our event as one of the fastest half marathon courses in Australia.”
“As one of only four road races in Australia to hold ‘IAAF Label’ status in 2019, there is no doubting the 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon Festival is now established as a major event on the international running calendar.”