The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is the Mother City’s premier city marathon, taking place annually in October.

The event has continued to grow in popularity for the better part of the last decade. Its marathon route offers spectacular ocean scenery and mountain views while passing many of the City’s great attractions from its famous street art to its iconic historical features – including City Hall, where Nelson Mandela delivered his first public speech as a free man in 1990.

In addition to the popular marathon, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon offers a bouquet of events over the course of Race Week, including a healthy lifestyle expo (where athletes also collect their race numbers), a 5km and 10km Peace Run for families and individuals who are new to running or prefer shorter and faster distances, as well as a 22km Trail Run and 46km Trail Marathon.

The marathon holds the prestigious World Athletics Gold Label Status – the only marathon on the African continent, and one of only a select group of marathons in the world to have this status.

In addition to its Gold Label status, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon became the first marathon in Africa to become an Abbott World Marathon Majors (AbbottWMM) Candidate Event in 2021.

Starting in 2022, the race will undergo a multi-year evaluation process, during which time the event is required to meet the AbbottWMM’s stringent requirements. As a result, some of the major changes introduced to the 2022 marathon is the addition of an elite wheelchair race and moving the start and finish to Helen Suzman Boulevard to accommodate more runners.

If successful, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon will become part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors in 2025, joining the current series of six of the largest and most renowned marathons in the world – Tokyo Marathon, B.A.A. Boston Marathon, TCS London Marathon, BMW BERLIN-MARATHON, Bank of America Chicago Marathon and TCS New York City Marathon.

October 14, 2023 - October 15, 2023
Cape Town
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10 km Run
October 14, 2023 (Saturday)
10 kilometers
Solo Road
46 km Trail Run
October 14, 2023 (Saturday)
Trail Running
46 kilometers
Solo Trail
5 km Run
October 14, 2023 (Saturday)
5 kilometers
Cut off: 01:00 hours
Solo Road
22 km Trail Run
October 14, 2023 (Saturday)
Trail Running
22 kilometers
Solo Trail
Sanlam Cape Town Marathon
October 15, 2023 (Sunday)
42.195 kilometers
Cut off: 13:30 hours
Solo Expo Live tracking of runners Pacemakers Start Corrals Medals for finishers Toilets Electronic timing Finishers T-Shirt Medical Services Transport to the start IAAF Road Race Gold Flat Out & back Road Timed

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.

The information about this event is based on data from the official website or may be provided by the organiser. Before booking flights or accommodation check the event's website and social media. If this listing is not up-to-date, please let us know at [email protected]


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