Race Info

Race Info

Sunday 9 December, 2018

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The  50km, 30km, 15km and 5km events that make up the Gold Coast 50 Run Festival 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.

Events included in the festival are:

  • 50km – minimum age is 18
  • 30km – minimum age is 16
  • 15km – minimum age is 14
  • 5km – runners under 12 must be accompanied by a parent
  • 2 person x 25km relay – minimum age is 16
  • 3 person x 30km, 15km, 5km team event – NEW FOR 2018 (note: minimum ages are the same as the individual events)

The Courses & Maps

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.

For more details and general course information checkout the 2017 course layout. 2018 course maps available early April – there will be some minor changes.

Official Pacers

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.

Event Photos

We are pleased to announce that we have partnered with FinisherPix to cover our event this year. FinisherPix will capture your image from various vantage points on the run course and with Steve Moneghetti and at medal presentation. For a special pre race order price of only AUD$29.99 (50 kms, 30 kms and relay) or AUD$19.99 (15 kms & 5 kms), you can receive the FinisherPix Photo Pack in Digital Format. The FinisherPix Photo Pack includes ALL photos they identify of you in all digital formats (Basic digital image, Digital images with Finish Time, Digital images in certificate format). A link to download all images will automatically be emailed to you when the photos are available online. To aid your identification in the photo please ensure that your racebib is clearly visible. Please remember to pre-order these photo packs when you enter the event to take advantage of this great saving.


Starts and finishes in Kurrawa Park, Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach opposite the Broadbeach State School (new permanent location for 2018).

Certified Course

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.

Start Times

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.

Triple Mix Relay

For those competing in the Triple Mix Relay – you will start the event in the designated start for your distance. For example, the 30km runner will start at 05.45am with the 30km field & the 15km runner will start at 06.15am with the 15km runners. Your team time will be a cumulative time of all three runners times.

Cut Off Times

50km cut off will be enforced at the 42.2km point on the course – Participants will need to have passed this point by 12.00pm.

30km cut off will be enforced at the 22.2km point on the course – Participants will need to have passed this point by 12.00pm.

If you feel you may struggle to achieve this starting at 5.30am (50km start) then we permit starting in the earlier 50km wave. Please see wave times for further information.


Important 25km Relay Information

Mass restart for 25km relay

This applies to the two-person relay only. Relay runners doing the return leg (Coolangatta to Kurrawa) will leave when their outbound partner arrives at Coolangatta. However there will be a mass start at the 2:15 mark (approx 0730 hrs) for the return competitors whose outbound partner has not arrived by that time. Race times will be adjusted accordingly.

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. A van will be available to transport you back to the finish precinct.

Aid Stations, Supply Drops & First Aid Provision

Aid stations

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 5 km intervals and will carry water, sports drink, Coca Cola, chopped banana and glucose type lollies. These are situated at 5km, 10km, 15km, 20km and 25km, 30km, 35km, 40km and 45kmmarks.

Water stations only will be placed every 2.5km in between each aid station to allow athletes to fill camel baks or water bottles.

Don’t forget you can use one of the many showers located along the beachfront to cool down or refill your bottles..

Personal supply drop (50kms runners only)

We will drop any personal supplies (Bars, gels, drinks) at the 25 km turnaround at Coolangatta. Leave in the box provided at race registration.

First aid

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. Emergency contact numbers will be shown on the back of your racebib.

Certificates, Trophies & Medals

Race certificates

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. Three person relay trophies for first place male, female and mixed teams


All finishers will receive a finisher medal for participating in the GC50 Run Festival.

Race Pack Collection & Event-Day Check In

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 25th October are eligible for this service. Athletes who enter after October 25th will need to collect their race bibs and singlets at race registration on Saturday afternoon or on race morning.

Race Check-in/Registration

Race Check-in/Registration will take place at Pratten Park within the Event Village.

Race Pack collection is available on Saturday 8th December between 12pm and 5pm OR on Sunday 9th December from 4.00am.

You can also enter on the day at the venue – however prices are subject to increase after online entries close.

Race singlets

Race singlets will be provided to all entrants. Although not mandatory we encourage contestants to wear their race singlet on race day to be eligible for a special prize. In 2018 we are offering an option to receive your singlet by mail as mentioned above.

Refund Policy

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 changes are to be made by Wednesday 5th December. Any changes after this date are to be made at the event site and subject to a $20 administration fee.

Partner Offers

GC Pyhsio & Sports Health

Participants of the GC50 Run Festival will receive $20 off your first physio or massage at GC Physio & Sports Health. Simply take proof of entry along with you to the practice.

Participants can also take advantage of attending the Running Technique Session with Olympic and Sports Physio Britt Caling for only $10 for their initial session. Please contact GC Physio & Sports Health with any questions.

Runners World Magazine

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!