As the Presenting Partner of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Marathon, a 30-strong Griffith University team will participate in Gold Run 2018 on Sunday, 15 April as part of the Games celebrations.
The team consists of about 10 runners who have competed in the Griffith team over the past three Gold Coast Marathons with another 10 to 15 who’ve run in the past two.
A total of 6600 people have the chance to run in the unique event – a figure that represents the number of athletes and officials at the Games – which is held on a section of the Marathon course at the same time the marathon runners are competing.
Griffith Sports College Manager Naomi McCarthy OAM will be running the Gold Run 2018 alongside colleagues and keen runners Laura Adric and Jamie Hedge.
“It’s exciting to be on the marathon course for the Games and I’m most looking forward to seeing the professional athletes as they finish the race,’’ she said.
“Everyone in the Griffith Sports College will be supporting alumnus Michael Shelley and hopefully he does well.”
Bachelor of Exercise Science graduate Laura said it was a great opportunity to support Griffith while Jamie, who holds a Bachelor of Business majoring in sports management said she was looking forward being there after the Gold Run 2018 cheering the athletes as they finish the marathon.
For half-marathon specialist, Dr Brooke Harris-Reeves, it’s an opportunity to be part of the Games excitement.
“I love running and have been part of the Griffith University Gold Coast Marathon team over the past four years. I’m looking forward to getting out there and enjoying the atmosphere of the Games,’’ she said.
“It’s an honour to be part of the Griffith Team and as Program Director of the Bachelor of Sport Development, I like to lead a healthy lifestyle and be a good role model for my students.”