2024 Gold Coast Marathon 
Pat Carroll Online & Onland Pace Runners

The 2024 Gold Coast Marathon will be providing pace runners in the Southern Cross University 10k/ Asics Half Marathon and the Gold Coast Marathon. The pace runners will be known as the “Pat Carroll Online & Onland Pacers”.

If you have a desire to complete the 10k/ Half Marathon or Marathon within a certain time frame it’s highly likely a Pat Carroll Online & Onland pace runner will be able to assist you greatly. The pace runner facility is offered free to all participants.


Peter Gangemi was thrilled with how the 4hr pace runners took control @ the Coast:

I just wanted to say the two 4hr pacesetters were simply outstanding in their work, in particular “Keith”. I was sitting about 90 seconds off the group for the first 20km and made the effort to catch up by 28km and without doubt his energy and motivation got me over the line in under four hours yesterday. His tips although perhaps obvious – like small steps over the Southport bridge, sitting up to ensure everyone got drinks, not going ahead at 30km or you will blow up at 37 – were very good as well for those who were running their first (I learned the hard way in my first Marathon in Sydney 2009!). I hope this man got multiple medals for his work!

Pat Carroll Online & Onland pace runners will do their best to maintain an even pace throughout the entire race with the aim to have you finishing slightly faster (30sec or so) than the pace groups relevant target NET time.

Each pace group will have two pace runners

Pace groups:

10k: 40min, 50min, 60min, 70min

Half Marathon: 1.24/ 1.30/ 1.40/ 1.50/ 2hrs/ 2.10/ 2.20 / Motivator 3:20

Marathon: 3:00/ 3:10/ 3:20/ 3:30/ 3:40/ 3:50/ 4:00/ 4:15/ 4:30/ 4:45/ 5:00/5.30/6hrs/Motivator 6:40

Race day

Pace runners will be assembled in the start area 15min prior to race start and will be holding a large sign depicting the relevant finish time they’ll be achieving. There’ll also be stationary signs at various points at the sides of the start area.

Pace runners will be identifiable throughout the race via their pace runner singlets and also by large helium balloons.Pace runners will offer encouragement to runners throughout the race.

Pace Runner Application

All 2024 pace runner roles have been filled. Here is the current list.

Feel free to still apply. Your details will be place on a reserve list

To adequately carry out the pace runner role you’ll need to be able to comfortably run the pace you’ve nominated for.
You also need to be prepared to offer encouragement and motivate runners in your pack.
The 2024 Gold Coast Marathon will cover the costs of entry fees for all pacers.
All pace runners will receive a singlet.

I’ll be advising all applicants if they’ve been successful or not, by no later early March.

Feel free to enter the Gold Coast Marathon now to avoid missing out on an entry. Should you secure a pace runner role your entry will be refunded in full.

This is what Gary Mayor had to say following his experience as a Pat Carroll Online & Onland pace runner:

Just a special thanks for giving me the opportunity to be a 1hr 40 min pace runner in this years Gold Coast Half Marathon.

It was another memorable occasion, the highlight for me was the numerous people that came up to me after the event and congratulated me on my consistent pacing. I didn’t take the balloons off for a good half hour because I was really enjoying all the adulation.

It’s a very satisfying feeling to have helped these athletes achieve their goals, and I look forward to doing the same next year.