Cape Town - The Sanlam Cape Town
Marathon is on track to host the first IAAF gold label city marathon in Africa.
The 42.2km road race has made huge strides since it was relaunched in 2014,
quickly establishing its place as one of only a select few marathons in the
world to achieve IAAF gold label status.
Last year’s winners, Britain’s Tish Jones and
Ethiopia’s Asefa Mengstu Negewo, have confirmed that they will be back to
compete in this world-class running event. Negewo broke the record for the
fastest performance for a standard marathon on South African soil in last
The route this year has been slightly modified
to make it even faster, by eliminating several turns, thereby giving both local
and international athletes the chance to chase record times. Pacers, introduced
last year, will again play an integral role in enabling runners to achieve
“We have a race for every fitness level and
look forward to record-breaking participation this year,” says Janet Welham
The races for the weekend festival include the 12km and 22km Peace Trail Runs, the 10km Peace Run and the Marathon (42.2km). Over 9 000 entries for the marathon have
already been received, so runners are encouraged to enter to avoid
disappointment as the capacity target is set at 10 000.
The marathon’s IAAF Gold Label status has seen
the elite field fill up quickly, as local and international runners clamour to
be part of this iconic road race. To be eligible, elite runners need to have
achieved Gold Label times in the 36 months prior to the race date of September 17, 2017. Standard marathon Gold Label times are 2:10 for men and 2:28
for women. Joining Asefa and Tish, the elite field also includes top South
African athletes Lungile Gonqa (South African Olympian and Two Oceans champion), Agnes Kiprop from, Kenya who has the fastest Gold label time in the
women’s field and Abrha Milaw Asefa from Ethiopia currently the fastest in the men’s
field with a time of 2:07:46.
The Cape Town Marathon aims to become
one of the biggest fundraising sports events in South Africa, with 50 charities
benefiting from the marathon this year.
Elana van Zyl-Meyer, previous Olympic
medallist and ambassador for the Cape Town Marathon, is part of the
exciting “Challenge your Captain” initiative.
“We really want to see all
captains of their industries getting involved in the running festival, and also
contributing to the various race charities,” says Van Zyl-Meyer.
have already accepted the challenge include former Springbok rugby captain John
Smit, previous Proteas netball captain Zanele Mdodana, ex-Bafana Bafana captain
Lucas Radebe, and renowned footballer Mark Fish.
The Run4Change legacy programme is an integral
part of the Cape Town marathon.
“Leveraging change through the marathon
is our biggest dream, and we have put five key aspects in place to see this
vision come to life,” says Welham.
“We encourage all participants and
spectators to strive towards health and wellness through physical activity and
a healthy diet, and to run ‘green’ by offsetting their carbon footprint through
purchasing of trees through various charities. Runners can also take a pledge
and run for peace.”
With Table Mountain as the backdrop, the
marathon route goes past many historic landmarks.
“The race takes you past the
Castle of Good Hope, St George’s Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament and the
City Gardens, which are some of Cape Town’s most renowned attractions,” says
Africa is my home, this is my race. It's Cape
Town, must run it!
Entries for the Cape Town Marathon are
open. To find out more, visit www.sanlamcapetownmarathon.com