Event Info

Event Info

Sunday 6 December, 2020

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

iTAB Medal Insert

You train hard for weeks and months, pushing physical boundaries just to get to the start line of this year’s GC50 Run Festival. 

With an iTAB, you can make it a race to remember – by personalizing your medal with your name and finish time. It’s the perfect way to share your achievement. iTAB inserts are available for purchase when you register for the event and will be posted to you immediately after your run.

We’ve reserved a spot on the reverse of your medal, where your iTAB will slot right into.

Ordering an iTAB is easy. Just make sure the iTAB option is selected when you register for the GC50 Run Festival – then after the event, you’ll receive your iTAB in the mail. You can then share your achievement with friends and family, in person and online – and it really will be a race you won’t forget.

5km 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.

Beach Run Start Times

06.45am – 5km Start

07.45am – 2.5km Start

07.55am – 1km Start



Kids Events

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 on the beach adjacent to Pratten Park, Broadbeach. All participants will receive a medal for their participation in the event.

07.45am – 2.5km Start

07.55am – 1km Start

Athlete Handbook

Download and read the 2019 Athlete Handbook here for the most up to date event information.


The Courses & Maps

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. The 5km, 2.5km and 1km distances are held on the beach, however start and finish within Pratten Park.

Certified Courses: The 50km, 30km and 15km courses have been professionally measured and certified.

Please note: Unfortunately due to the nature of the course, race wheelchairs and prams are strictly not permitted and this rule will be enforced on event day. 

Start Times

05.30am – 50km & 2 x 25km Start

05.45am – 30km Start

06.15am – 15km Start*

06.45am – 5km Start

07.45am – 2.5km Start

07.55am – 1km 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 44km / 12.30pm 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.

Cut Off Times

50km cut off will be enforced at the 44km point on the course – Participants will need to have passed this point by 12:30pm.

Course cut off for all events is 1:30pm (8 hours for 50km).

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.


Important 25km Relay Information

Mass restart for 25km relay

This applies to the two-person relay only. Relay runners doing the return leg (Kirra 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 No.6 Pacific Parade, Bilinga. (Right next to the usual start location for the Kirra Parkrun) 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.

Aid Stations & 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 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.

There are no aid stations on the beach run course (we want to keep it tidy). We’ll have drinks on ice for you at the finish. Please bring your own supplies should you require drinks on course.

First aid

For cuts and abrasions the aid stations will carry First Aid kits. First aid is located at the finish line and also three roving teams throughout the course.

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.

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 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 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

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: 11:00am | 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.

Race singlets/t-shirts

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.

Do I receive a t-shirt or a singlet?

Participants that registered before midnight on Thursday May 30 were 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.

Please note: 1km and 2.5km registrations do not include t-shirts/singlets.

Partner Offers

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!

Gold Coast Physio and Sports Health

Our partner Gold Coast Physio & Sports Health are kindly offering all participants in the 2019 GC50 Run Festival the following:

  • 1 x FREE 30 min massage at their Burliegh or Ashmore clinics
  • 1 x FREE 20 min session of compression boots recovery
  • $20 off a physio appointment

How to claim your freebies:

Please call ahead to either clinic to book in your massage etc and notify them you are a GC50 Run Festival runner. You’ll just need to take your confirmation email along to the clinic.

Please only call the clinic to make your booking after registering for this year’s event. 

USE BY: Items above must be used by December 31, 2019.

⛔️ To be eligible for these awesome freebies, you must register for this year’s event by FRIDAY NOVEMBER 15.


Refund Policy

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 2020 event or alternatively transfer your entry to another runner. Please note – all name changes are to be made by Friday 29th November 2019. Distance changes can be made after this point by emailing [email protected]

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 and registrations can only be credited to the following year once.

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.


Starts and finishes in Pratten Park, Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach opposite the Broadbeach State School.

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.