Support for Gold Coast Marathon brings out the best in junior athletes

Health and Wellbeing Queensland Junior Dash at the 2023 Gold Coast Marathon

Health and Wellbeing Queensland was delighted to join more than 24,300 participants on the Gold Coast on Sunday 2 July 2023 as they walked, ran or wheeled for the 43rd Gold Coast Marathon

The world class marathon attracted 24,332 participants of all ages and abilities across 8 races including more than 1,000 participants in the Health and Wellbeing Queensland 4km and 2km Junior Dash events. 

The weekend of activity also featured the Gold Coast Marathon, CPL Wheelchair Marathon, ASICS Half Marathon, Southern Cross University 10km Run, CPL Wheelchair 10km and Gold Coast Airport 5km Fun Run. 

Health and Wellbeing Queensland (HWQld) Chief Executive Officer Dr Robyn Littlewood enjoyed the honour of firing the starting gun for the HWQld sponsored Junior Dash races and said she always looked forward to the Gold Coast Marathon. 

‘At Health and Wellbeing Queensland we commend all participants of the Gold Coast Marathon and were delighted to support the Health and Wellbeing Queensland 4km Junior Dash and the Health and Wellbeing Queensland 2km Junior Dash,’ Dr Littlewood said. 

‘While any physical activity can be beneficial for all children, the junior dash events are a great opportunity for kids to start good exercise habits early in life.  

‘Regular physical activity at a young age can have incredible benefits for physical health and wellbeing, both now and in the future.   

‘We recognise that participating in a fun run is a fantastic way to reap the benefits of invigorating exercise while enjoying our great outdoors, especially during favorable winter weather for exercise. 

‘Given the scenic course, alongside the Gold Coast’s beautiful beaches, Health and Wellbeing Queensland staff and family members are always keen to participate in the Gold Coast Marathon.’  

Internationally acknowledged as a prestigious marathon, the famous flat, fast and scenic course is located alongside the Gold Coast’s renowned beaches, and HWQld was proud to sponsor the Junior Dash races on behalf of the Queensland Government.