Posted May 04, 2019 07:11:00 Race: The Golden Gate Bridges is getting ready for the race of its life!
A marathon training race is now underway on the iconic landmark.
Race organizer and race director, Steve Ritchie, says it’s time for the community to come together and see if the Golden Gates can handle the challenges ahead.
“I don’t know if it’s because we’ve been running the Golden gates in the last few weeks, or whether it’s that people are just really enjoying it,” he said.
“Either way, I think it’s good to get out and enjoy the ride and really make sure we’re ready for whatever we’re going to be up against.”
A race has been held for the past five years, with some race organisers hoping to bring it back for a sixth time in 2019.
“The Golden Gate is the most iconic bridge in the world, it’s iconic to everyone, it is one of the most historic bridges in the country, and the Golden gate has always been the heart of the community, and it’s our dream to return it for a seventh year,” Mr Ritchie said.
This year, the race will run from Friday to Sunday, with the last 10k starting on Saturday.
“We have to start the race in a way that we’re safe, that people can enjoy the Golden gateway and that’s the best way we can do that,” Mr Wills said.
Race director Steve Ritchinson says it is an amazing time to be a part of this event”We’re just at the beginning of a race, so there are still some issues that need to be sorted out, but that’s going to happen on Sunday.”
As the race goes on, the conditions will get better, the course will get bigger and the crowds will grow.
“The Golden gates will be the site of a marathon training session in 2019.(Supplied: Golden Gate Golden Gate Race)”We will have a marathon in the Golden Gateway, but it’s going be very small and not on the same course as the last race.””
It will be a very small marathon, and a little bit longer than the last one, and we’re hoping that we’ll have the same conditions, and that we will get that last race to be quite a good result.
“Mr Ritchie says he is hopeful of making the event the most successful of the Golden Gables races.”
If we can get to a point where we can say that we are going to make the GoldenGables Marathon the most attended of the races that we’ve done, and I believe that we can achieve that,” he added.
The race will be held on the Gold Coast, which is about 60 kilometres north-west of the race site.
Race Director Steve Ritter says that the race has received more than $100,000 in support from the community.(Suppled: Golden Gateway Golden Gate Run)Race director Mr Ritchin says the event will be run with a group of volunteers who have been on the job for five years.”
It’s been a really, really, very busy year for us,” he explained.”
This year we’ve had a lot of runners coming through and we’ve got some really talented people that have come through.
“They’ve done a fantastic job, we’re proud of them and it shows what an outstanding organisation they’ve been.”
There are still a lot more volunteers out there, and hopefully we’ll see more people coming through, and more people participating, which will make the race even bigger.
“The organisers hope to run a marathon on Friday and Sunday, and then move to a bigger course on Monday.
Race organisers say they will be using a similar approach to last year’s race, which saw the race finish in front of an estimated 80,000 spectators.
The Golden Gable Marathon is a race for the people of the Pacific Coast State.(Supples: Golden Gower Golden Gave Gairs Race)Race organiser Steve Ritz says it will be “one of the best ever” as a race.”
When we started the Goldengates Marathon a couple of years ago, we felt it was one of our best events in the history of the state, and certainly one of those events that is going to have the biggest impact on the lives of the residents of this community,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.”
And it’s still going to remain one of my top five greatest sporting events in Melbourne.
“The race is run in two halves, with a second half in the middle, and will feature both a 10k and a half.