Event Ambassadors

Michael Shelley

Australian Marathon Runner, Olympian, Commonwealth Games Dual Gold Medalist and Silver Medalist… and all round great guy!   Born and bred on the Gold Coast, Michael has been a supporter and ambassador of the Running Festival since the first event in 2012.  The kids will absolutely LOVE running beside him in our newly renamed Michael Shelley 1km Dash!

Career Highlights:

  • 2018 – Gold Medallist, Gold Coast Commonwealth Games
  • 2014 – Gold Medallist, Glasgow Commonwealth Games
  • 2010 – Silver Medallist, New Delhi Commonwealth Games
  • 2009 – Gold Coast Half Marathon Winner

Samantha Hughes

Another Gold Coast local who’s running experience is second to none.  As the Senior Active Parks Office in the Gold Coast’s Active & Healthy Program, Sam is now about people first and running second.  As a passionate runner, she loves the thought of  helping to bring people together through running and inspiring them to become healthier and happier.

Career Highlights:

  • 2001 – 2nd Senshu International Marathon Japan
  • 2001 – Winner Melbourne Marathon
  • 2001 – Australian Half Marathon Champion
  • 2001 – Australia representative Eikden Relay Japan
  • 2000 – Winner Gold Coast Marathon – Female