Sanlam Cape Town Marathon

3.8 (4 Reviews)
Cape Town, South Africa
20 Oct, 2024 (Sun)
Event size: 10000 - 24999 participants

Running

5 km, 10 km, 42.195 km

Trail running

11 km, 22 km, 46 km

About the event

The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon (42.2km) is a prestigious international city race open to all types of running enthusiasts, from elite athletes to social runners. Along the breathtaking route, you will be able to take in the breathtaking sights of the mountains and sea that make Cape Town one of Africa's most visited and celebrated cities. Running the marathon is a unique way to experience the stunning highlights and vibrant atmosphere of this beautiful city. It is the perfect race for competitive athletes looking to set fast times, as well as first-timers who want to complete their first marathon. The route is suitable for wheelchairs and the 6 hour 30 minute cut-off time allows even the slower runners to complete the marathon. Established in 2007, the Cape Town Marathon was created to promote South African and Cape Town marathon running and to show off the City of Cape Town. As you make your way along the Fanwalk and Sea Point Beach Front, you will be able to take in the sights, smells, and sounds of Cape Town. Enjoy the sights of the Twelve Apostles, the Atlantic Ocean, and Robben Island before you turn back towards the Mouille Point Lighthouse and make your way towards the Cape Town Stadium. The marathon ends with a magnificent view of Table Mountain in Vlei Road in Green Point.

Races offered by this event

You have 25 weeks to prepare

11 km Trail Run

20 Oct, 2024 (Sun)
Trail running
11 km
Solo
On site
Trail

22 km Trail Run

20 Oct, 2024 (Sun)
Trail running
22 km
Race size: 250 - 499 participants
Solo
On site
Trail

10 km Run

20 Oct, 2024 (Sun)
Running
10 km
Race size: 5000 - 9999 participants
Solo
On site
Road

46 km Trail Run

20 Oct, 2024 (Sun)
Trail running
46 km
Race size: 250 - 499 participants
Solo
On site
Trail

5 km Run

20 Oct, 2024 (Sun)
Running
5 km
Race size: 0 - 99 participants
Solo
On site
Road

Sanlam Cape Town Marathon

20 Oct, 2024 (Sun)
Running
42.195 km
Race size: 15000 - 29999 participants
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As part of its Abbott World Marathon Majors candidacy the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon will see several adjustments to the marathon route this coming October.

The most significant change is that the start and finish will move to Helen Suzman Boulevard, and that runners will head directly to Woodstock, cutting out the loop through Mouille Point.

Course Highlights

From Helen Suzman Boulevard in Green Point, heading back to the Foreshore, runners will turn left onto Buitengracht Street and then onto FW de Klerk Boulevard. From Nelson Mandela Boulevard athletes will take the Searle Road offramp and continue along Searle Road until turning right into Main Road, Woodstock.

Runners will follow Main Road all the way to Newlands and until they reach Stanhope Road in Claremont, from where they will head back to Rondebosch Common via Palmyra, Sandown and Milner Road.

Liesbeek Parkway will take runners back to the city and a turn into Russell Street marks the start of a winding section along the historic Sir Lowry, Tennant, Hanover and Christiaan Street through Zonnebloem, before Roeland, Hatfield, Orange and vibrant Long Street will feed them onto Riebeeck Street.

The Waterkant bridge over Buitengracht Street has been removed to ensure that the race is suitable for athletes in wheelchairs. Athletes will cover this section of the route by crossing from Riebeek Street into Somerset Road making use of the 2010 Fan Walk before heading to Sea Point.

Runners will welcome the cool ocean breeze and sea views as they run out and back along Beach Road to the finish on Helen Suzman Boulevard, where they will receive their well-deserved medal and can enjoy the post-race vibe in the finish village off Vlei Road.
These changes have been made to be in line with the safety and capacity requirements as stipulated by the Abbott World Marathon Majors, and to reduce the race’s impact on traffic flow in and around the City.

Athletes will stand to benefit from reduced congestion at the start, a more spectator-friendly route - especially in the second half of the race - and a total climbing altitude of under 400m.

From start to finish, the route will feature spectacular views and iconic landmarks, while showcasing the vibrant sights, sounds, spirit and rich cultural history of some of the Mother City’s diverse neighbourhoods.
Solo
On site
Road
Flat
Out & back
Timed

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jan s
Oct 2023
42.195 km

Last month was my 3rd participation at Cape Town Marathon and it certainly was my last. Clearly the organizers put commercial interest above the runner's (health) interest. Also after several attempts to receive comments from the race office after the race, so far no one bothered to follow up on my requests. There are plenty of better marathon alternatives in the Western Cape.

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Rasheed Hargey
Country flag of ZA

Well organised, expo two days prior to the race with lots of exhibitors. Route profile fairly flat and you get to see most of the beautiful sights of Cape Town. The support along the way was very good with aid stations providing everything form water, coke, power aid, slated snacks, energy gums and a whole lot more. Results are available immediately. Spectator support was excellent with local bands and local outfits worn,

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Alison Smith
42.195 km

Always well organised. I have run this event 7 times and it has been a different route every single time. It is a flat, city marathon, but the location gives incredible beauty. Definitely one of Africa's biggest marathons and growing every year.

There is a 10KM and a marathon for this event. Why not run the full marathon?

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Johan Botes

Awesome big city race. Flat course for fast run, PB possibility. Not as testing as the Two Oceans ultra, albeit minus some of the scenery, although the remaining scenery is quite spectacular (table mountain as a backdrop for a large part of the race). Easy race for a first marathon.

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Mokoka Wins Third Sanlam Cape Town Marathon

18 Oct, 2022 (Tue)

Cape Town, 16 October 2022) – Defending champion Stephen Mokoka once again showed why he is South Africa’s premier marathoner as he claimed a third win in the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon. The Olympian and multiple SA Champion broke the tape in 2:09:58, three seconds faster than his winning 2:10:01 last year, and the fourth-fastest winning time in the race’s history. Second position went to Ethiopian Derseh Kindie Kassie in 2:11:26, with his countryman Dagnachew Adere Maru outsprinting Kenya’s Raymond Kipchumba Choge to take third place, 2:11:52 to 2:11:55 In the women’s race, Meseret Dinke Meleka of Ethiopia took line honours in 2:24:02, smashing the 2:25:44 record (run in 2021 by Lydia Simiyu), and also breaking her personal best (PB) of 2:25:12. Second over the line was Kenyan Tecla Kirongo in 2:27:56 – also setting a new PB (her previous best was 2:28:22) – with another Kenyan, Judith Cherono, taking third in 2:30:32. The first South African to finish was Stella Marais, clocking 2:38:34 to claim eighth position. The event featured an elite wheelchair race for the first time, with the athletes setting off 15 minutes before the elite field and adding great excitement to the spirit of the day. The men’s race was dominated by American Aaron Pike. After initially breaking away from the rest of the pack with South Africa’s Ernst van Dyk, the American pulled clear to win in 1:40:15, just under four minutes clear of his great friend and rival, who came home in 1:44:02. Third place went to Mexico’s Martin Velasco Soria in 1:46:43. The women’s wheelchair race came down to a thrilling sprint finish, with Brazil’s Vanessa Cristina De Souza having to dig deep to win in 1:57:48, just one second ahead of Noemi Alphonse of Mauritius (1:57:49). Third place was claimed by British veteran Shelly Woods in 1:46:43 Mokoka Completes his Hattrick In the elite race, the leading men ran conservatively in the first half of the race, passing halfway in 1:05:36, with Stephen Mokoka biding his time near the front of the lead pack until the 32km mark. He then made his move and steadily increased his lead over the last 10km – he was 21 seconds clear of second-placed Kassie at 35km, and just over a minute clear at 40km. He says, “This was a tough, tough course. Normally at 25km you start enjoying a marathon, but at 28km today, we climbed that hill in District Six and it got really hard for a while, but overall I really enjoyed the race. I really hope this race does become an Abbott World Marathon Majors race, and I hope that government, corporates and runners all get involved to make it happen.” Mokoka set a 50km World Record earlier this year in Gqeberha, and that mark was broken just a few weeks before the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon. When asked what today’s win means to him, compared to other wins and records, Mokoka says, “I am delighted to win in Cape Town for a third time. I have won races overseas, too, but this is still special. Records are meant to be broken, but titles stay forever, and this win means more to me than just running a fast time. It’s also about the memories of our runs.” Second-placed Derseh Kindie Kassie says that he had an incredible race, really enjoying all the support along the route from spectators, and even though he tried to keep up with Mokoka, he had to bend the knee to the South African. “Up to 32km the group was alternating positions a lot, so it was an exciting race, but when Stephen broke away, I had to accept that I am the underdog here. Stephen has run and won here before, he knows the route much better, where to run the shortest route and where to push the pace, and eventually I had to give up trying to catch him.” To put the exciting sprint for third place in the men’s race into perspective, one has to take into account that around halfway, Danachew Adere Maru was struggling with cramps. “It was my debut marathon, and I suffered cramps at around 21km, so I am thankful that I recovered and came through to take third place. I am very satisfied and proud of my race.” Meseret Lives Up to Favourite Tag A leading pack of eight runners dominated the first half of the women’s elite race, with six Ethiopians and two Kenyans out front, led by Meseret Dinke Meleka. She came into the race as the fastest marathoner in the field according to PB, and used her pace and strength to constantly throw in little surges to break the other runners. By the time the group reached halfway, in 1:12:11, it had been whittled down to five runners, and then Meleka blew the race wide open as she surged clear. By 30km, she was more than two minutes ahead of the next runner, extending the gap to three-and-a-half minutes by 40km. Her winning margin was eventually three minutes 54 seconds. “I enjoyed the race thoroughly, but unfortunately I had to do it by myself. When you run by yourself it is so difficult to control your pacing, but I managed. Of course, I am incredibly happy that I ran a personal best, and even more happy about the R100,000 bonus for a new record!” says Meleka, but adds, “I am partially fulfilled, because I was planning to do even better. If everything had been perfect, I had hoped to run a 2:20 or 2:21. The course was a little tougher than other international races, but I was running within myself, and felt confident that I could keep a consistent pace till the end.” For her part, second-placed Tecla Kirongo says, “I am also very happy with my personal best, and I really like it here in Cape Town. I think I want to remain here!” Her countrywoman, third-placed Judith Cherono, also says that she enjoyed the race. “The route was good, the weather was good, and the support was good. I enjoyed my run, even though the course was tough at times.” Pike Dominates Inaugural Wheelchair Race The men’s wheelchair race was all about one man, Aaron Pike, but he admitted that the new hilly section of the course in District Six proved a huge challenge on the way to winning the race. “I wasn’t expecting this to be so tough – it’s right up there with the New York Marathon – but it’s got technical sections, climbs, downs, fast flats, a bit of everything. But that climb was a bear! That was the steepest climb in all the Majors. It wasn’t long, but it was brutal, and I had to rest my arms after that.” He adds that he enjoyed having local hero Ernst Van Dyk alongside him in the early parts of the race. “Ernst knows the route so well and he was helping me with advice, warning me what was coming up, but once I broke away I was still OK, because the quality of your roads is so good here. I’ve raced all over the planet, and outside of Tokyo and Berlin, this was the next best course I have raced.” Having helped design the course and organise the wheelchair race, Ernst van Dyk echoes Pike’s comments about the great race experience. “We have the ability to host fantastic events here in Cape Town, so why not a Majors race? We can make this a showcase event for the Abbott World Marathon Majors. My personal highlight was seeing a photograph of Aaron and I going over the highway, and in the background is a building with a mural of Madiba and Archbishop Tutu. That will stay with me forever.” In terms of his own race, he says, “I tried to stick with Aaron, but he was too strong and made me eat his dust, so I decided to stay within myself. I actually took time to look around and take the course and the experience in, and I made a lot of mental notes about how we can do some fine-tuning to the course next year.” Third-placed Martin Velasco Soria describes his race as a wonderful experience. “I feel fantastic today, even though this was one of the most difficult courses I have raced, and I am really grateful for the opportunity to race here. It was challenging, but really enjoyable, and I have been incredibly impressed with everything organised here, including a chaperone for us to help us with everything. I have never experienced that before.” Sprint Finish in Women’s Wheelchair Race The small but spirited women’s wheelchair field played a huge role in the spectacle of the event, and experienced marathoner Vanessa De Souza says she had quite a battle on her hands to take the win. “I saw Noemi’s ability when climbing that hill at 28km, and it wasn’t until about 36km that I felt I could catch her. I had to use all my energy to close the gap and then win the sprint! I felt happiness for my new friend Noemi at the finish, and I’m looking forward to racing her at more races. This was one of the hardest marathon courses I’ve done, but that also made it great preparation for the New York Marathon in November, and I hope to race here again.” Second-placed Noemi Alphonse agrees about that hill in District Six: “I think we all feel the same thing about that hill at 28km. I train on hilly roads in Mauritius, so climbing is my strong point, but that hill was hard! I am just happy that I could finish strongly in a sprint with Vanessa, because she is such an experienced racer. I have been beaten on the line before, and I just think it is not my time yet, but my time will come.” Another wheelchair racer with nothing but praise for the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is Brit Shelly Woods, who took third in the women’s race. “It felt like we went right round that mountain – we’d go up a bit and down, and there the mountain was again!” she jokes. “Seriously, though, while it’s probably one of the toughest marathons I have done, it’s a beautiful route that really showcases the city, and South Africa.” The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon was the main event in a jam-packed weekend of running action. Saturday saw the running of the’46km Sanlam Cape Town Trail Marathon and 22km Trail Run, as well as the 5km and 10km Sanlam Cape Town Peace Runs. That was followed by the marathon on Sunday, with the main event attracting over 12,000 entries and the combined weekend’s events seeing some 25,000 athletes being part of the action. The event offered a substantial prize-purse totalling R1,751,500, with the men’s and women’s winners each taking home R250,000 each, with R125,000 for second place and R60,000 for third. There was also a R100,000 bonus incentive on offer for a new record. The prize money for the wheelchair races saw the first man and woman earn themselves R50,000 each, while second and third took home R25,000 and R12,500 respectively. “The event was a great success,” reflects Sanlam Cape Town Marathon Race Director, Renee Jordaan. “The City’s support was outstanding, with virtually every service department fully mobilised to help runners successfully navigate the course. We also thank residents for their patience while the roads were closed, and for their enthusiastic support. Many of our runners have commented on the fantastic roadside support and said it felt like a true Cape Town party.” Adds Sanlam’s Head of Brand, Mariska Oosthuizen, “What a weekend – huge congratulations to all the runners and spectators! True to this year’s theme, champions across the African continent have united in force. This year is particularly special as we made history as an Abbott World Marathon Majors Candidate race – the first on the African continent. It has truly been an astounding success and we thank our partners – the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon race organisers – for their tireless energy and vision in making it so. Thank you to everyone who took part this year.”
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Press Release

Sanlam Cape Town Marathon’s revised route gets go-ahead

28 Jul, 2022 (Thu)

Credit : Sanlam Cape Town Marathon (Cape Town, 28 July 2022) – The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon’s revised marathon route has received the green light from the City of Cape Town. The route approval is the culmination of months-long consultation between the race organisers and the City, to find the perfect balance between meeting the Abbott World Marathon Majors’ route requirements and minimising the traffic impact on the City and affected areas on Race Day. “This is an important milestone and one of the major hurdles we had to cross,” says an elated Clark Gardner, Group CEO of Faces. “It took significant time and planning to create a detailed route mitigation plan in conjunction with professional traffic engineers to ensure that our impact on public access and Cape Town’s traffic remains minimal. We are grateful for the City’s positive collaboration and support, and are fired up to continue with our race planning over the next 11 weeks.” The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon race route will see the following adjustments: The start and finish move to Helen Suzman Boulevard. Runners will immediately head towards the Southern Suburbs via the elevated freeway’s N1/N2 outbound lane, offering unparalleled views of the City, Table Mountain and harbour. Athletes will run through District Six for the first time. The revised start means that runners will only pass City Hall in the 2nd half of the race, at the 30km mark. The Buitengracht Street bridge will no longer feature. The number of route cut-offs will increase to ensure that roads can be reopened timeously and efficiently. These route changes also enable the staging of an elite wheelchair race, which will add a thrilling high-speed element to the marathon experience. The wheelchair race will start 15 minutes before the rest of the elites set off, and a lightning-fast finish time of approximately 1:30:00 is expected. “Runners can rest assured, however, that they will still get to enjoy all the beauty, views and vibe that has become synonymous with the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon,” adds Gardner. “The route may have changed slightly, but athletes will still pass beloved iconic landmarks as they journey through the Mother City’s diverse communities. Madiba will still greet them from the City Hall balcony to give them the boost they need for the final 12km of their marathon, and they will still be energised by the fresh ocean air as they run along Beach Road before they head to the finish straight. We are pulling out all the stops to show the world how to run a marathon to the African beat.” JP Smith, Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security notes, “The City of Cape Town is pleased to continue its partnership with the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon and we are thrilled by the event’s growth over the years. We are looking forward to another exciting year, especially with the Abbott World Marathon Majors candidacy. Having an Abbott World Marathon Majors race in our city would be like having a World Cup every year and this means more job opportunities, more international exposure, more tourism and more economic prosperity for our city.” “A huge congratulations to the incredible team of organisers and behind the scenes crew who have made this year’s event possible,” says Mariska Oosthuizen, Sanlam Head of Brand. “This year’s race is dedicated to celebrating everything that can be achieved when we work together. “When Sanlam started this sponsorship eight years ago, we knew we were working towards major status. By uniting champions in all forms, this dream will be realised for our continent and its incredible people, and that is certainly something worth celebrating. “This year’s theme ‘African Champions Unite’ is perfectly in synergy with Sanlam’s mission to be an African champion that fosters continent-wide financial inclusion. We want to empower generations of Africans to be financially confident, secure and prosperous. This race shines a spotlight on Africa and our people’s immense talent. It perfectly aligns with our goal to amplify confidence across the continent and to work together to achieve big things." Continued focus on sustainability In a continuation of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon’s award-winning green event initiatives, the 2022 race will be sachet-free. Water, Coca-Cola and Powerade will be dispensed into cups – which will also be recycled separately – while athletes who prefer to run with hydration packs, bottles or cups will have refill facilities available along the route. The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon was one of the first sporting events – and the second Sanlam-sponsored event – to be declared carbon neutral in South Africa in 2014 after Sanlam engaged with the JSE to pilot a carbon offset trading project. Over the years, the event also spear-headed various other green event initiatives, ranging from event waste recycling to supporting SA charities that focus on sustainable environmental interventions, and promoting the “carry-your-own” initiative by having water refill stations in place for participants who want to run waste-free. Technical sponsor adidas has been on a sustainability journey for the past two decades. Commenting on the company’s sustainability ambition, Kate Woods, Senior Brand Director at adidas South Africa said, “Our goal is to become a more sustainable company, and we have a clear roadmap to achieve climate neutrality across our entire value chain by 2050.” One of the company’s core commitments is to end plastic waste, and this was a consideration when creating the running range for the Cape Town Marathon. The official race t-shirt is made using recycled materials as is the Cape Town Marathon jacket (currently available for pre-order), as well as many of the running footwear and accessories that will be available at the Expo. Elaborating on what to expect from the adidas stand at the Expo, Woods said, “We’re leaning on our experience of having opened Africa’s most sustainable adidas store at the V&A Waterfront in 2021, and have approached the design of our expo stand with a similar mindset. In addition to the design and build of the stand, an important consideration is how the various elements can be repurposed after the event. Runners can look forward to a one-stop shop where they can meet their running heroes, get access to leading industry advice and find the best in road and trail running gear, all with less impact on the environment.” The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is Africa’s only World Athletics Gold Label Status event. This is the event’s first evaluation year as an Abbott World Marathon Majors Candidate race. If the multi-year evaluation process is successful, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon will become Africa’s first Major in 2025. The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon’s Race Week will start with the opening of the event’s Expo and Registration at DHL Stadium in Green Point on 13 October. The 5km and 10km Peace Runs will both take place on Saturday, 15 October, joining the 22km Trail Run and 46km Trail Marathon for an action-packed day. Race Week will culminate with the marathon on 16 October. Visit www.capetownmarathon.com for more information and to enter the 2022 event.
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