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Ready, set, go for Gold Coast Marathon’s favourite race: SCU 10km Run


Sharlene King, media office at Southern Cross University
1 July 2022

The popular Southern Cross University 10km Run is back as the Gold Coast Marathon race weekend celebrates its return to the Australian running calendar after two COVID false starts.

2022 marks the 15th year of Southern Cross University’s sponsorship of the 10km Run that’s famous for its flat, fast and picturesque course alongside the city’s renowned surf beaches and stunning water views from Sundale Bridge as runners cross the broadwater.

Sunday July 3 will be a massive day of competition, with both the Southern Cross University 10km Run and the 42km Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon to be run just 30 minutes apart.

Across the weekend, competitors can take advantage of complimentary hands-on recovery treatments by Southern Cross University Exercise Science and Osteopathy student practitioners and their supervisors in the Southern Cross Recovery Hub, located in the Event Lawn area.

The starter gun for the Southern Cross University 10km Run will be fired by Mr Ben Roche, Vice President (Engagement) at 6.30am sharp.

“It is with much anticipation that we welcome runners back to compete in the Southern Cross University 10km Run,” Mr Roche said.

“We celebrate all those running over the Gold Coast Marathon weekend, acknowledge the time that has been invested in training, and we admire the commitment and demonstration of the importance of healthy active lifestyles.”

Almost 200 Southern Cross University students, staff and alumni have assembled as part of Team SCU to compete in events across the Gold Coast Marathon weekend.

Among them is PhD researcher Kirsten Ellis whose two passions are orchestrating bug wars to protect macadamia crops and running long distances; and Isaiah Koopmans, the current Australian 20-24-year-old National Champion of the standard distance triathlon who’s just finished his combined marine science/environmental science degree at the University’s National Marine Science Centre.

On your marks!

The starter gun for the Southern Cross University 10km Run will be fired by Mr Ben Roche, Vice President (Engagement) at 6.30am sharp on Sunday July 3.

After the event, Mr Murray d’Almeida, Deputy Chancellor of Southern Cross University, has the honour of presenting awards to the best performers in the Southern Cross University 10km Run.

Loosen tight muscles at the Recovery Hub

After your race, head to the Southern Cross Recovery Hub, located close to the finish chute on the Event Lawn, where our Exercise Science and Osteopathy students (and their supervisors) will give hands-on treatments. These treatments are popular so book an appointment in advance at the Recovery Hub registration desk.

Opening hours: Saturday and Sunday, 8.00am to 12.30pm.

The Southern Cross health team can also provide advice and treatment to runners. 

You can also book a spot at the DYI self-recovery foam roller stations.

Optimise your recovery with the 100-point recovery program

Register for the free 100-point recovery program designed by leading athletic performance influencer, Dr Stephen Bird. This program will help you to optimise your recovery and allow for improved performance.

Exercise your mind as well as your legs

The University’s Electric Kombi will be on display at the Recovery Hub over the weekend, spreading the word about sustainability and innovation. Pop by to see how we converted our vintage promotional Kombi into an electric billboard for clean transport technology.

It’s not too late to join the Southern Cross University 10km Run

Keen to get amongst it? There’s still time to compete in the Southern Cross University 10km Run. Registrations close on Saturday 2 July 2022 at 4pm AEST.