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This year’s Gold Coast Airport Marathon is set to attract its largest field in its 30 year history with entries passing 5,000 today and on track to surpass 18,000 by race day, Sunday 6 July.

Gold Coast resident Natasha Rogers became the 5000th person to enter this year with the 29-year-old set to participate in the Gold Coast Bulletin 7.5km Walk.

Gold Coast Airport Marathon General Manager Cameron Hart said at the current rate of entry, this year’s participation will not only exceed last year’s record of 16,172 but also the 2008 target of 18,000.

“It is really encouraging to pass the 5,000 entry mark with 40 days still to go before the event,” said Hart.

“We are well above last year’s entry level with the same number of days to go, so we’re working on maintaining the momentum and delivering the biggest and best Gold Coast Airport Marathon yet.

“Generally more and more people are out there running and walking, and this has translated into more people entering mass participation major events like the Gold Coast Airport Marathon.

“We encourage people to enter before next Wednesday 4 June to take advantage of the cheaper entry fees. A late fee applies from next Thursday and late entries will be accepted right through until Saturday 5 July.”

Already entries have come in from 20 countries including (in alphabetical order) Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Jersey, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Vanuatu and Vietnam.

The youngest competitor so far in the Gold Coast Airport Marathon Junior Dash is Newcastle’s Patrick Bognar who will celebrate his fifth birthday on race day (five is the minimum age for the Junior Dash). While the most senior member of the field to date is Gold Coast Bulletin 7.5km Walk participant Bill Cumming from the Gold Coast who will be 82 by the time of the event.

Hart said a major focus this week was on school-aged participants with the regional schools cross country carnival being held on Thursday 29 May.

“Some of the most talented primary and secondary school runners will contest the South Coast Schools Cross Country carnival at Runaway Bay this week,” said Hart.

“We are a major supporter of this event to promote junior development of running on the Gold Coast. Many of these students will go on to participate in one of our Gold Coast Airport Marathon races either this year or in the future.”

The 30th Gold Coast Airport Marathon will be held on Sunday 6 July, and will feature the 42.2km Gold Coast Airport Marathon, 21.1km Asics Half Marathon, Southern Cross University 10km Run, Gold Coast Bulletin 7.5km Walk and the 4km and 2.25km Gold Coast Airport Marathon Junior Dash.

People can enter the Gold Coast Airport Marathon at www.goldcoastmarathon.com.au or receive an entry form from the office on phone (07) 5564 8733.

And attention journalists, news photographers and television camera crews! This year the Gold Coast Airport Marathon will stage the second consecutive Media Challenge. Any full-time journalist, news photographer or television news technician can be nominated by their organisation as their representative. The highest finishing nominee in either the full marathon, half marathon or 10km and either the male or female category will be the victor and win an Asics prize pack, prestigious ‘mug’ trophy and ‘bragging rights’ for a full year. Normal entry procedures apply.

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For immediate release on Tuesday 27 May 2008 Media Information: Stephen Lock, Corporate & Public Relations Manager, Queensland Events Gold Coast Phone: 07 5564 8733

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