First published 12 August 2020

With the Gold Coast Marathon being held virtually this year, Team QUT 'stepped up' to the challenge!

Like many events this year, the Gold Coast Marathon had to adapt to the changing times and move to a virtual format. 

The 2020 Gold Coast Virtual Marathon offered entrants of all ages and abilities the opportunity to complete a virtual race at any time and location across the month of July. 

This meant that this year’s marathon could be completed anywhere in the world – including at home on a treadmill.

QUT Sport is proud to announce that our students, staff, and alumni completed 108 virtual events overall.

This ensured QUT secured the largest team of over 600 team entries, which is a phenomenal achievement for our student, staff and alumni community. 

QUT mathematics and engineering student and athletics club member Jayden Lyttle was the men's UniSport Champion for the half marathon event and completed the event in an extraordinary time of 1hr, 13mins, and 50seconds.

Jayden, a member of the QUT Tigers Athletics Club was recently interviewed by the club about his goals for the virtual marathon. 

‘My goals were to log a time that I could be happy with, and this year’s off-season has been long, so just getting out there and running has been awesome for me,’ Lyttle said.

To read more about how Jayden got into running and where his favourite running spots in Brisbane are located, click here.

Jayden Little in Action - Photograph supplied by Casey Sims

While this year’s event was unlike previous years, the virtual marathon was a great way for the QUT community to work together towards a common goal, and to motivate each other to get active and improve the community’s overall health and wellbeing. 

By participating in a virtual marathon event, students, staff, and alumni from universities across Australia and New Zealand helped earn points for their university towards the UniSport Virtual Distance Running Championships. 

Entrants with strong performances also earned extra points for their respective universities.

Points were tallied to determine the best overall men’s and women’s university competitors, who were then crowned 2020 UniSport Virtual Distance Running Champions.   

We are very proud of the QUT community for taking on the virtual challenge in 2020 and look forward to the next Gold Coast Marathon in July 2021. 

Congratulations to all entrants for completing their individual events and joining Team QUT!