An increasing number of women enter Gold Coast’s premier distance running events and they have been doing so in greater number than their mail counterparts since 2006.
Numbers provided last year by Events Management Queensland revealed that more women than men have lined up for Gold Coast Airport Marathon events for the past eight years.
Entries for the 2014 Gold Coast Airport Marathon opened in March and women are currently leading men with more than 300 registrations the overall difference.
For last year’s event, a record 14,695 females lined up across all the distances as opposed to the 12,970 males who faced the starter’s gun.
The ASICS Half Marathon saw 722 more women (5,532) than men the Southern Cross University 10km Run field comprised 61.9% the fairer sex, while more than twice the amount of females (2,684) than men entered the Suncorp Bank 5.7km Challenge.
According to Events Management Queensland CEO Cameron Hart, it’s a trend reflected around the country and across the globe.
“According to Runners World magazine, at most distance races, 55 per cent of all finishers are women,” Mr Hart said.
“There are a number of theories as to why we’re seeing more women than men, but as ours is Australia’s favourite holiday marathon, we think a lot of women might look at our event as an opportunity to travel and have a sporting holiday with their families.
“Women are very much attuned to fitness and the healthy lifestyle benefits that being healthy and active offers.
“There’s also the fundraising component.
“Last year over $500,000 was raised by participants through the Everyday Hero website and, with our official charity being Cancer Council Queensland, we think that might be having an effect with some estimates putting participation to raise money for charity at about two-thirds women.”
But male pride is not totally lost on the streets of the Gold Coast.
Men still dominated entries in the 42.195km Gold Coast Airport Marathon with over 400 more men than women setting themselves the full-distance challenge in 2013.
This year’s events are set to attract more than 30,000 participants of all ages and abilities.
Gold Coast Airport Marathon
Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 July