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Gold Coast Marathon - July. This is Australia's premier marathon, and the first in the Southern Hemisphere to use the Champion Chip timing system. A half marathon, 10km run and 10km walk are held simultaneously. In 1996 the combined total of competitors was nearly 12,000. The organization is superb, with the fields for each event being kept completely separated. Medal and T-shirt for all finishers. The course, which varies slightly from year to year is flat. From the start/finish at Southport, runners proceed north to a turnaround near Paradise Point, then return, run past the start/finish and continue south, through Surfers Paradise to a turnaround at Broadbeach, then return to the finish. Most of the course runs along the ocean front. Thanks to Keith Monnington (keith(at)enternet.co.nz) for the cooperation.