The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon
Another Great Reason to visit Cape Town – The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon
The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is Africa’s only IAAF Golf Label status marathon. This means that the International Association of Athletics Federations has recognised it as one of the leading road races worldwide.
As such the race attracts entries from across the globe, providing some much-needed competition for local talent.
See the City Sights
Despite its prestigious status, the race is open to all types of runners that are fit enough to stay the distance on 24 September. The route starts out at the V&A Waterfront and winds past several Cape Town attractions on the way to the finish line at Green Point. These include:
- Long Street
- The Mount Nelson Hotel
- The South African National Gallery
- The Houses of Parliament
- The Company’s Garden
- The Castle of Good Hope
- Groote Schuur Hospital
- University of Cape Town
- South African Holocaust Museum
- Rondebosch Common
- Cape Town Stadium.
Of course, it all takes place against the scenic backdrop provided by Table Mountain and Signal Hill.
Fun for the Less Fit
The main race is 42.2km long, but you don’t need to be super fit to take part in the festivities.
The 10km Peace Run allows the not-so-athletic to join in the fun too, while the 5km version is a chance to dress up, show up and show off your community spirit. It’s a fabulous excuse to visit Cape Town, see the city, and do good while you’re there.
The Peace Run takes place on 23 September and sets off from the corner of Granger Bay Boulevard and Fritz Sonnenberg Road in Green Point.
Some of the charities that stand to benefit from this race include the WPA Kids Athletics Development Program, the SANLAM Foundation and Elana Meyer’s Athletics Development Program.
Of course, you’ll need to rest up after the race, so make sure you extend your stay to include a few days at leisure in the Mother City.
Shake a Leg
Entries are already open, but they close on 20 August, so you need to hurry if you don’t want to miss out. Book your spot in Cape Town self-catering accommodation and get your tickets before they’re all gone.
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