Tow - With just 60 days to go to one of Africa's most
prestigious road races, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon organisers have promised
an even more impressive world-class field and a faster course as they target
top-flight international status.
year, aiming for IAAF Bronze Label status, the organisers were delighted to
become the only marathon on the continent to achieve Silver Label recognition
after the first edition of the relaunched event.
new-look 42.2km race will be held for the second time on September 20 as part
of another weekend running festival, which also includes the Sanlam Cape Town
Marathon, the Sanlam Cape Town 10km PEACE Run, the Sanlam Cape Town Peace Trail
Runs (11km & 22km) and the Sanlam Cape Town Community Fun Run, and this
year the organisers are targeting IAAF Gold Label status.
season's line-up included a host of world-class athletes, led by a quality East
African field, as well as some of South Africa's fastest road runners.
Willy Kibor led the charge by securing victory in the men's race in 2:10:45,
and Ethiopia's Meseret Biru won the women's title in 2:30:58, leading a
29-member elite field representing six countries.
Kibor's and Biru's times were the fastest on SA soil in more than 19 years, an
even better field of stars will be invited this year.
improving the quality of the line-up and ensuring everything is in place to
help produce faster times, race ambassador Elana Meyer says they are confident
of earning IAAF Gold Label Status.
says they want to stretch the yardstick by modelling the race off major
international city marathons around the globe and make it one of the most
acclaimed road running events in the world.
"The vision has always been to make this Africa's
greatest marathon, and by taking such a big step in our first year, it has
motivated us to aim for Gold. Last year we had a superb field, and this year we
are looking to bring out another world-class group of elite runners to
challenge our top South Africans."
will be significant changes to the route this year, after certain parts of the
race slowed the elite runners last season.
making adjustments, the race's executive committee is confident the new,
flatter route will be conducive to fast times.
says: "By ensuring the invited athletes are among the best in the
world, and by making the course more suitable for the elite runners chasing
records and the amateur participants aiming for personal bests, we are taking
further steps to achieve our goal."
race, which already has a well-established charity drive, is also making
strides in other areas. It is one of South Africa's first carbon neutral
events, following the purchase of carbon credits traded on a JSE
platform, as it paves new ground at the forefront of sustainable running and
race organisation in Africa.
Ramiah, Chief Executive: Sanlam Brand, says she is looking forward to the 2015
event, the second year the race has been under the financial services group’s
past our top African runners had to travel the world to compete for gold. Now
the competition is coming to us, Africa is our home and the Sanlam Cape Town
Marathon is our race. Sanlam takes pride in creating a unique opportunity
for international athletes, in particular African athletes, to compete in an
IAAF-Label event right here on African soil and what better place to do so than
in the picturesque surroundings of the city of Cape Town.”
said that the accessibility and inclusivity of running, which mirrors the
group’s approach to wealth creation, made the sponsorship extremely special.
the 2014 event, we had runners from 53 countries across the world
participating. We believe that this year, we will not only attract even more
runners from every corner of the globe, but our charity partner line-up will
once again offer an exceptional opportunity for both the running community and
supporters alike to really make a tangible difference in the lives of others.”
Investments’ Chief Executive: Retail, Carl Roothman, who will participate in
the race for the second time this year, added: “As headline sponsors, Sanlam is
fully behind the campaign to go for the IAAF’s Gold Label Status this year. We
have truly embraced the fact that the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is a must run
race for all runners. We will have 700 Wealthsmiths™ (Sanlam staff members)
running the race this year as well as other Wealthsmiths and clients rooting
for all the runners along the route.”
for the race are filling up fast, having nearly passed last year’s actuals with
more than 60 days to go. As the success of last year's event fuels interest
from the public who aim to #Challengethemselves and #Challengetheirfriends to
participate, entries are expected to reach 7 000 for the marathon.
are several ways to enter any of the races:
Electronic Entries – These can be done directly via the Sanlam Cape Town
Marathon website (www.sanlamcapetownmarathon.com)
Manual Entries - Race entry forms are available from the Western Province
Athletics office; from most Sportsmans Warehouse stores or can be downloaded
from the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon website
for the Marathon, the 10km PEACE RUN, the Trail Runs and the Fun Run close at
midnight on Sunday 6th September 2015. Late entries will be accepted for the
10km PEACE RUN and Fun Run at the EXPO, however no late entries will be
accepted for the Marathon or the Trail Runs.
significant improvements being made across the board to showcase the race
through the streets of the Mother City, this groundbreaking event, managed
through a joint partnership between Western Province Athletics (WPA), ASEM
Running and the City of Cape Town, promises to continue growing in size and
Councillor Garreth Bloor, Mayoral Committee
member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development at the City of Cape Town
says “The economic spin-offs of large events that attract domestic and
international participants hold enormous benefits for the city and its
residents. The ripple effects of job creation and the increased visitor
spending in the city are a welcome injection into the local economy. As a local
government we encourage local runners to participate in this important event on
Cape Town’s events calendar.”
Africa is our home, this is our race.
It's Cape Town – Must Run it!
From left to right: Francois
Pienaar, Elana Meyer, Carl Roothman (Sanlam Investments Chief Executive: