Sunday 8 December, 2019
The 50km, 30km, 15km events use the footpaths and roads adjacent to the Gold Coast beachfront, home of the world’s most attractive beaches. Running from Kurrawa to Coolangatta & return, in the 50km event, the course provides athletes with spectacular views, regular water stops and aid stations . Don’t miss out on running this stunningly beautiful run course. This year the 5km event will take place on the beach, along with the inaugural kids events.
Events included in the festival are:
- 50km – minimum age is 18
- 30km – minimum age is 16
- 15km – minimum age is 14
- 5km Beach Run– runners under 12 must be accompanied by a parent
- 2 person x 25km relay – minimum age is 16
- 2.5km Kids Beach Run – minimum age is 7
- 1km Kids Beach Run
That’s right – this year the 5km event will be conducted on the pristine sands of the Gold Coast coastline.
The run course will utilise the hard sand with participants running an out and back loop prior to a short 250m run back into Pratten Park to finish the run. We encourage participants of all abilities and fitness levels to get involved and walk, jog, run or skip your way through the course.
All participants will receive a medal and t-shirt or singlet for participation. Please note: T-shirts only available until Thursday May 30th at midnight.
The GC50 Run Festival are pleased to announce the introduction of a 1km and 2.5km kids beach run in 2019.
The event will start and finish within Pratten Park, Broadbeach. All participants will receive a medal for their participation in the event.
We will notify all participants when the 2019 Athlete Handbook is available. Stay tuned!
Please visit the Race Maps page to view course maps.
Please note: The Start/Finish venue is within Pratten Park, Broadbeach.
All of the courses within the GC50 Run Festival are out-and-back. 50 km from Kurrawa to Coolangatta; 30 km from Kurrawa to Currumbin; 15 km, from Kurrawa to Burleigh, 5 km along Hedges Avenue to Seaside Avenue.
Please note:: The course is not suitable for race wheelchairs or prams.
Certified Courses: The 50km, 30km and 15km courses have been professionally measured and certified.
Official pacers will be provided by Gale Force Runners Squad for 4:30, 5:00, 5:30 and 6:00 hours in the 50 km and 2:30, 2:45, 3:00 and 3:30 in the 30 km event.
Starts and finishes in Pratten Park, Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach opposite the Broadbeach State School.
This is one of a handful of officially accredited AIMS-IAAF certified 50 km road races in Australia. The 50 km race carries an IAU label which mean that performances are included in the world rankings.
05.30am – 50km & 2 x 25km Start
05.45am – 30km Start
06.15am – 15km Start*
06.30am – 5km Start
Please note – should you wish to start at 5.00am (50km only) please contact Race HQ at [email protected] Please note that this wave is designed for those that may struggle to make the 42.2km / 12.00pm cut off enforced on course.
- The 15km start will be conducted using wave starts that will be depart approximately 3 minutes apart. If you think you may be in with a chance of placing in the event we ask that you position yourself at the front in the first wave. This process will be well communicated on event day.
50km cut off will be enforced at the 44km point on the course – Participants will need to have passed this point by 12:30pm.
30km cut off will be enforced at the 24km point on the course – Participants will need to have passed this point by 12:30pm
If you feel you may struggle to achieve this starting at 5.30am (50km start) then we permit starting in the earlier 50km wave – although you will not be eligible for awards should you start in the earlier wave. Please see wave times for further information.
Mass restart for 25km relay
This applies to the two-person relay only. Relay runners doing the return leg (Bilinga to Broadbeach) will leave when their outbound partner arrives at Coolangatta. However there will be a mass start at the 2hr 30min mark (approx 0800 hrs) for the return competitors whose outbound partner has not arrived by that time. Race times will be adjusted accordingly.
The exact location of the Southern Exchange Point for the 2 x 25km relay is opposite 90 Pacific Parade, Bilinga/Tugan. Runners starting their leg here will head south first, to the Coolangatta turnaround point before turning and following the course back to Broadbeach (Pratten Park)
Return transport for 25km runners only and withdrawals
The majority of teams have their vehicle driven to the turnaround by the returning runner. The keys are then given to the outbound runner upon their arrival, who drives the vehicle back to the finish. We will have a drop box for car keys at the changeover point.
Athletes who drop out of the race must advise an official or an aid station captain of their withdrawal.
Competitors in the longer events are encouraged to carry their own supplies as the weather can be quite warm at this time of year, especially on the return leg. Full aid stations will be positioned at 3km intervals and will carry water, sports drink, Coca Cola, chopped banana and glucose type lollies.
Don’t forget you can use one of the many showers located along the beachfront to cool down or refill your bottles.
Beach Run participants (5km and kids) will also be able to take advantage of a drink station offering water located approximately every 1.5km on the course.
For cuts and abrasions the aid stations will carry First Aid kits. A qualified paramedic will be on hand to attend to anything more serious.
The race will be timed electronically and the results will be available at the results page on raceday. Race certificates will be available online and can be printed off at your leisure.
Solo 50 km, 30 km, 15 km & 5 km to first, second and third placed male and female. Two person relay trophies for first place male, female and mixed teams.
Please note: There will be no trophies for the kids events.
All finishers will receive a finisher medal for participating in the GC50 Run Festival.
Race Pack Postage
At point of entry you can opt to have your race pack and singlet posted to you for a fee of $9.95.
Athletes who enter before midnight Thursday 24th October 2019 are eligible for this service. Athletes who enter after this date will need to collect their race bibs and singlets at race registration on Saturday afternoon or on race morning.
Race Check-in/Registration is available on Saturday 7th December or Sunday 8th December (Race morning).
Saturday 7th December – James Centre, Broadbeach State School, Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach.
Opens: 11:00pm | Closes: 5:00pm
Sunday 8th December – James Centre, Broadbeach State School, Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach.
Opens: 4:00am | Closes: 6:15am
Please note: If you have had your race pack posted you are only required to attend registration if you wish to change your distance. Please bring your old race number with you to registration where you will be given a new race number to wear during the event.
Can someone collect my Race Bib on my behalf?
We recommend that you collect your own Race Bib. If you need someone to collect your Race Bib on your behalf, they are required to provide us with a copy of your Confirmation Email.
Can someone else run with my Race Bib?
Massive no– we are required for safety purposes to hold on file medical information and emergency contact details for every runner. If you wish to transfer your entry please contact us via email or see us at registration.
I’ve lost my Race Bib.
If you have lost your Race Bib or it did not arrive due to an incorrect address, you will be required to purchase a replacement Race Bib at registration. The cost of a new Race Bib is $10.00.
When entering the GC50 Run Festival, participants will be able to choose from a singlet or t-shirt (both included in your entry). Although not mandatory we encourage contestants to wear their merchandise on race day to be eligible for a special prize.
Please note: T-shirts are only available to choose from until midnight on Thursday 30th May 2019. Entrants after this point will receive a singlet.
The GC50 Run Festival operates a no-refund policy. If you are unable to attend the event, we are however happy to offer a credit for the 2019 event or alternatively transfer your entry to another runner. Please note – all name changes or distance changes are to be made by 5.00pm on Friday 29th November. Changes after this date can be made at the event venue however are only permitted on Saturday 7th December and subject to a $20 admin fee.
Changes to distances will not be permitted on Sunday 8th December.
Please note, that the last possible date to transfer your entry to 2019 is Friday 29th November 2019.
By entering the GC50 Run Festival you will automatically qualify for a free 2 month subscription to Runners World Magazine. Simply click the link found in your confirmation email to get your 2 month subscription rolling! Magazines will be posted directly to your home!
The GC50 Run Festival operates a no-refund policy. If you are unable to attend the event, we are however happy to offer a credit for the 2020 event or alternatively transfer your entry to another runner. Please note – all name changes or distance changes are to be made by Friday 29th November 2019. Changes after this date can be made at the event venue however are only permitted on Saturday 7th December and subject to a $20 admin fee.
Changes to distances will not be permitted on Sunday 8th December.
Please note, that the last possible date to transfer your entry to 2020 is Friday 29th November 2019.
Participants that register before midnight on Thursday May 30 will be able to choose between a GC50 singlet or T-Shirt.
Participants that enter after this date will receive a singlet. Please note that 2019 designs are yet to be confirmed.
T-shirts and singlets will be issued when receiving your race bib.