CT Marathon goes hi-tech

2012-09-19 11:35

Cape Town - The Cape Town Marathon is going hi-tech in 2012 giving supporters the opportunity to track the live progress of their favourite runners via Facebook on race day Sunday, September 23.

Runners can connect to the free Facebook app at to allow their Facebook friends to follow their progress live on the day and cheer them on in the Marathon and 10km races. Runners can also write status messages for the halfway mark and finish line, which will be posted to their wall when they reach these points, and they can have a fun finish line photo posted to their Facebook page when they finish their race.

Supporters can use the free Supporters app from their mobile phone to get live updates - as runners cross official checkpoints along the route, the information collected by their RFID transponder (chip) is automatically fed to the Runners app and Supporters app on Facebook.

The RFID chip system, encoded with the athlete’s race number, is attached to the race number bib by a self-adhesive backing. The race bibs are in the Registration Pack to be collected at the Sea Point Civic Centre on Friday, September 21 between 10:00 and 19:00 and on Saturday, September 22 between 10:00 and 17:00.

The Cape Town Marathon 2012 forms part of the City of Cape Town’s Heritage Day festivities and is an ideal opportunity to experience and celebrate the city’s rich natural and cultural heritage.

The run starts in Adderley Street at 06:30 and passes many attractions and sites of significance before finishing on the Green Point Common Fields. Capetonians are encouraged to line the pavements to support the runners and soak up the lively Cape Town Marathon atmosphere.

The marathon festival weekend also includes a 10km race, a 5km Fun Run and a 5-x 4.2km relay for clubs, companies and schools. The events, supported by the City of Cape Town, Cape Town Tourism, Western Cape Government: Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, and Peninsula Beverages, provide a wonderful opportunity for competitors to get involved in a big city event while promoting a healthy, active, outdoor lifestyle.