Weise gunning for another national landmark
IT’S longer than the Gold Coast Marathon and held in the heat of summer but Kyle Weise is still confident he can add another national longdistance running record to his name.
The Southport resident will race in tomorrow’s 50km event at the Gold Coast 50 Run Festival where he will be aiming to
break Australia’s under-25 record of three hours, 37 minutes.
“Training has been going well so everything seems like it is falling into place,” he said.
“It probably wasn’t the smartest idea to go for it in the middle of December on the Gold Coast but why not? I run these paths all the time.
“To equal the record I’ll have to run about 4.19 minutes per kilometre but I’m going to
try to go quicker than that. The plan is to try to run under three hours and 30 minutes which will be about 4.10 minute pace per kilometre.
“The wind is supposed to be blowing southerly so hopefully we have it on our back coming home.”
The course will start just south of Kurrawa surf club, go north before going to Coolangatta and back.
Weise holds three under-20 Australian records including the 50km, 50 miles and 100km and will aim to secure the 100km under-25 record next year.
Race director Shane Smith’s Sport 3 Events company bought the race after the 21st running of the event last year and has nearly doubled the numbers to just more than 2000 participants.
“It’s a good way for the Gold Coast community to get out and enjoy what is spectacular about the city which is the foreshore that follows the coastline,” Smith said. “Our course is extremely unique.”
Among the other competitors will be Englishman Lee Grantham, an elite runner with 75,000 Instagram followers who has previously run 50km in 2 hours 59 minutes.