Town - A festival of running kicks off on Friday, September
19 at the V&A Waterfront, as one of Africa’s first iconic city marathons gains
momentum in the countdown to what could become one of the continent’s first
marathons accredited by the International Athletics Association Federation
main attraction, which takes place on the Sunday, is a classic, Olympic 42.2km
marathon and a 10km Peace Run. Other, shorter events take place on the Saturday
including a 4.2km Peace Fun Run, a 22km and 11km Peace Trail run, as well as a
5 x 4.2km Peace Corporate, School and University Relay.
“With the full support of the City, our routes have been confirmed,
taking into account aspects such as road closures, positioning of refreshment
stations and supporter zone accessibility, but also remaining true to our
vision of becoming a world-class African sports event that models itself on
scenic beauty and the heritage of the City,” says event ambassador Elana Meyer,
South Africa’s Olympic medallist and repeat record holder in long-distance
two main events are the 42.2km marathon and the 10km Peace Run.
marathon starts in Somerset Road at 07:30 on Sunday, September 21, ending with a
cut-off time of 15:30 at Green Point A Track. Starting off in the city, the
route meanders out towards Woodstock, Observatory, Rondebosch and Newlands,
taking in scenic attractions like the pristine Liesbeek River, Rondebosch
Common, Newlands Cricket Grounds, Groote Schuur Hospital and the University of
Cape Town before turning back towards the city.
the majestic shadow of Table Mountain, the route moves through District Six,
re-entering the heart of the CBD, passing iconic landmarks including the Castle
of Good Hope, City Hall, Houses of Parliament, Company Gardens, St Georges
Cathedral, Mandela Rhodes building, Huguenot Chambers and the Nederduitse
marathon finishes outside the Cape Town Stadium, after following a course that
moves through Sea Point, passing landmarks such as the Sea Point Swimming Pools
and the Green Point Lighthouse.
the 10km Peace run, the route is a fast and flat one, starting at the Green
Point Stadium at 07:00 and has a cut-off time of two hours, finishing at the
Green Point A Track.
other Peace races take place on Saturday, September 20, and start at various
places and times, as follows:
· The two Peace Trail Runs will start just outside the Green
Point A Track and finish inside the Green Point A track. The Trail Runs will
start at 07:30 and 08:00 respectively, for the 22km and 11km events.
· The 5 x 4.2km Peace Corporate, School and University Relay
kicks off at the Green Point A Track, at 9h00.
· The 4.2km Peace Fun Run starts just outside the Green Point
A Track, at 11h00.
and organised under the regulation of the Western Province Athletics (WPA),
Athletics South Africa (ASA) and the International Association of Athletics
Federations (IAAF), the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is open to all registered and
non-registered runners aged 20 years and older. The 10km event is open to all
registered and non-registered runners aged 15 years and older.
“Following standard protocol, runners are required to register online by
visiting www.capetownmarathon.com,” Meyer says. “They
need to collect their registration kits in person from the Sanlam Cape Town
Marathon EXPO at The Lookout (in the V&A Waterfront) on Friday, September 19 between 10:00 and 19:00 or on Saturday, September 20 between 09:00 and
kits can also be collected from the registration expo, which will be held at
The Lookout, a glass-sided permanent marquee situated on the Granger Bay
parking area behind the V&A Waterfront. The EXPO will feature an event
shop, an exhibition, a Rockets massage and strapping zone, as well as a unique
pop-up market with live entertainment and food stalls.
recommends that once the participants have registered online, they should take
a closer look at the rules governing the events, including license wearing,
choice of clothing, eligibility for prizes, proof of age, adherence to
marshaling, or qualifier requisites for other marathons. More information can
be found online by visiting www.capetownmarathon.com/information/racerules.
sponsor, Sanlam, believes that this year’s event is a powerful opportunity to
bring a broad cross-section of people together and unite them in one cause, for
the betterment of others.
“A key characteristic of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is its charity
partner lineup and the opportunity it offers both the running community and
supporters alike, to really make a tangible difference in the lives of others.
This resonates with us because of our well established tradition of corporate
social responsibility and our belief in doing good,” says Yegs Ramiah, Chief
Executive: Sanlam Brand.
year’s official charity partners include Endurocad; Peace and Sport
L’Organisation pour la Paix par le Sport and Western Province Athletics’ Kids
Athletics Development Programme. Other charity partners that will be
supported by the event include The Children’s Hospital Trust, The Sunflower
Fund, Cancer Association of South Africa, Pink Drive, Anna Foundation, Eduvate,
MAD Charity, JAG Foundation, WWF, Community Chest and Rotary Newlands.
“Even though the event appeals to sport enthusiasts, it benefits many
others outside sport, through our broad selection of charities,” says Ramiah. “Our
desire is for the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon to become the country’s largest
fundraising sports event.”
closing, fellow Marathon ambassador and Rugby World
Cup 1995 winning captain Francois Pienaar says “Running
a major city marathon was a serious goal for me, an experience
that's difficult to put into words. Every year many South African runners
travel abroad to run a major city marathon and now the Sanlam Cape Town
Marathon gives local and international runners an opportunity to test
themselves in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Our aim is to be
the leading city marathon in Africa over the next 2-3 years and a ‘must-run’
marathon for runners all over the world.”