DONE: Runners of all ages reach the finish line in the Gold Coast Airport Marathon.
DONE: Runners of all ages reach the finish line in the Gold Coast Airport Marathon. Paul Harris

80-year-old runner makes a last marathon effort

EIGHTY-year-old Reg Hogan, of Broadbeach, will put his considerable running experience to good use in next month’s Gold Coast Airport Marathon.

He has been competing at this event since the 1990s, and will be using his course knowledge to help runners in the ASICS Half Marathon to reach a goal time as one of Pat Carroll’s “Online and Onland Pacers”.

Pat Carroll is a four-time winner of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon and an event ambassador.

His runners do their best to maintain an even pace throughout each race.

This will be Reg’s last marathon run – he’s soon to have a knee replacement and his doctor is encouraging him to stick to cycling in the future.

“I didn’t start running seriously until I was 57,” Reg said.

“I’d always kept active and fit, played a few sports. I was a teacher and used to ride my bike to school.

“When I did complete a marathon (42.2km), I thought I could do another one.

“A couple of times I won my age category in the half-marathon and 10km races.”

Reg will be one of an estimated 10,000 runners in the Gold Coast half marathon.

“We all start together,” he said.

“The full marathon will be between six and seven thousand.

“It’s a great day – that’s why I enjoy it so much.”

Reg has had a good “run” in the sport he loves.

“I kept a little diary of my training,” he said.

“I have done more then 42,000km in the last 20 years. I’m quite happy to have run for 22 years.”

The 38th annual Gold Coast Airport Marathon will be held on Saturday and Sunday, July 2 and 3.

Its course runs next to the Gold Coast’s surf beaches and broadwater and has a reputation as one of the flattest and fastest courses in the world.

The event received an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Road Race Gold Label n 2014.

There’s a race tailor-made for everyone, with events including the Gold Coast Airport Marathon, Wheelchair Marathon, ASICS Half Marathon, Wheelchair 15km, Southern Cross University 10km Run, Suncorp Bank 5.7km Challenge and Zespri Junior Dash (4km and 2km).

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