The Gold Coast Airport Marathon has achieved the highest international accolade after receiving an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Road Race Gold Label.

The Gold Coast Airport Marathon has secured its position as one of the world’s leading road marathons. Other IAAF Road Race Gold label races include; the Boson Marathon, Tokyo Marathon, London Marathon, New York City Marathon and Chicago Marathon.

Acting Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, Tracy Davis congratulated the Gold Coast event on being the first marathon in Australia to receive this accolade.

“Every year the sport’s world governing body, the IAAF, awards road race labels to marathons who have met strict criteria for excellence in planning, delivery and execution,” Ms Davis said.

The event achieved a IAAF Road Race Bronze Label last year and has already jumped straight to the Gold Label, by passing the Sydney marathon who have a Silver label.

The success of the event comes down to the event organisers who had to meet strict criteria to achieve a Gold Label.

IAAF Senior Manager – Road Running Sean Wallace-Jones said the Gold Coast Airport Marathon achieved the IAAF Road Race Gold Label after meeting strict criteria.

“The criteria for whether a road race receives a label designation is based on six general areas – race organisation, course measurement, timing and results, media services, medical provisions and the quality of the international field of elite runners,” Mr Wallace-Jones said.”

The race had to be broadcast  to an international audience which was achieved when the 2013 event was televised in 64 countries.

Athletics Australia Chief Executive Officer Dallas O’Brien said the IAAF Road Race Gold Label designation showcased Australia’s ability in delivering world-class road races.

“Australia has seen a significant increase in participation levels in marathon running over the past decade and credit must go to the organisation of road races such as the Gold Coast Airport Marathon,” Mr O’Brien said.

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