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Lord Mayor welcomes international runners for Marathon

29 July, 2014

With five days to go until the Brisbane Marathon Festival, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is welcoming runners from a record of 29 nationalities to the city for the growing event.

The Lord Mayor will once again fire the starters pistol for the 23rd Brisbane Marathon on Sunday 3rd of August at 6.00am.

Cr Quirk said the race was a great driver for the local economy, estimated to deliver over a million dollars in economic value through visitors choosing to run, stay and enjoy Brisbane’s many restaurants and attractions.

“Staging world-class sporting events is another way we’re enhancing our reputation as Australia’s New World City,” Cr Quirk said.

“This is Brisbane’s only international marathon which showcases our city, and builds on Brisbane’s growing reputation as sports destination with other popular events like City2South and Bridge to Brisbane running events, and the upcoming Bledisloe Cup in October.

“International registrations are up 12% on last year, with 155 athletes flying from overseas this year to race through Brisbane city streets, crossing several bridges and multiple landmarks.

“I am pleased to support this event and facilitate some shared pathway temporary closures, to ensure it comes off a success.”

Steve Manning, race organiser said the Brisbane Marathon Festival is a “united nations” of runners who come to our city to run one of the most picturesque courses Australia has to offer.

“While we primarily hope to get the local Brisbane community involved, the marathon event boasts over 40% of patrons travelling from elsewhere for the experience,” Mr Manning said.

“This includes almost 250 runners already signed up from interstate.

“This year the event hopes to attract 5000 competitors to the range of events on offer for all ages and fitness levels, including marathon, half marathon, 10km, 5km and 2.2km.

“We’re only expecting to see the number of competitors to grow into the future.”

The beneficiary for this year’s event is the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland.

The Brisbane Marathon Festival is internationally accredited by AIMS (Association of International Marathon and Distance Running), the peak body for the sport.
AIMS supports 350 events from 98 countries, which further the City’s marketability to serious runners around the globe.

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