Cape Town - This
year’s IAAF Gold Label-status Sanlam Cape Town Marathon offers runners a new
and stunningly picturesque route that takes centre stage on Sunday,
The weekend festival of running has just passed its 100-day
The race begins at one of Cape Town’s biggest tourist attractions, the
V&A Waterfront. A flat, fast start along the Atlantic Seaboard, the route
follows the seafronts of trendy Mouille Point and Sea Point, with the crashing
waves off the Sea Point promenade to the right. It then takes a turn against
the backdrop of charming Signal Hill, before heading into Cape Town’s city
centre, weaving through an eclectic mix of modern skyscrapers and historical
buildings, to the sound of rallying supporters, passing landmarks including
Long Street, the Mount Nelson Hotel, the South African National Gallery, the
South African Holocaust Museum, St Mary’s Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament,
the City Gardens, City Hall, District Six and the Castle of Good Hope.
The race then heads out towards the quirky suburbs of Woodstock,
Observatory and Mowbray, then through the leafy streets of Rondebosch and
Newlands, always under the gaze of majestic Table Mountain. This
section of the route passes iconic Groote Schuur Hospital, the University of
Cape Town, the President’s Cape Town residence and Newlands Cricket Ground, and
several historic schools, including Rustenburg Girls’ High, Westerford High,
San Souci Girls’ High, Groote Schuur High, Rondebosch Boys’ and Bishops
Diocesan College, before reaching the open space of Rondebosch Common.
Turning back alongside the Liesbeek River towards the now-awakening
city, the marathon enters the vibrant suburb of Woodstock, with its mix of
craft breweries, boutiques, markets, churches and popular restaurants. A long
stretch through this area enables runners and supporters to take in panoramic
views of Table Mountain.
After moving through Woodstock, the race re-enters the city, heading
onto Strand Street before taking a right onto Bree Street and heading up over a
purpose-built ramp bridge in De Waterkant. This links directly into the
world-famous World Cup 2010 fan walk.
Early-morning race supporters out in their droves will
cheer runners on along the fan walk as the athletes head towards Cape Town
Stadium, allowing runners a long stretch to experience the vibrancy of the
city. The 42.2km event ends at Vlei Road just outside the stadium, where
thousands of spectators, runners and organisers will come together in a joyous
celebration of accomplishment, enjoying the food, drink and entertainment in a
festive carnival atmosphere.