THE CAPE TOWN MARATHON 2014 OPENS ENTRIES AHEAD OF SEPTEMBER’S EVENT

Record financial rewards for those brave enough to enter

CT Marathon_ City Hall

The route is confirmed and entries are open for this year’s Cape Town Marathon. In addition to providing an opportunity for participants from around the world to run through the beautiful city of Cape Town, this iconic city marathon brings with it prize money in excess of R1.6 million, the largest sum ever on offer for a South African standard marathon.

“Young or old, professional or amateur; the Mother City welcomes you and invites you to be part of this year’s historic Cape Town Marathon,” says Elana Meyer, Ambassador for the Cape Town Marathon and South African Olympic medallist and repeat record-holder in long distance running . “We are already receiving huge international interest,” continues Meyer. Not only have the organisers been approached by several other leading international city marathons, but in addition, participation by the likes of Dominic Kangor Kimwetich (Kenya; qualifying time of 2.09.36, 2014 Brighton Marathon) and Serkalem Taye Guililat (Nigeria; qualifying time of 2.31.50, 2013 Marrakech Marathon) have been confirmed.

Taking place on Sunday, 21 September 2014, the 42.2km Cape Town Marathon will provide runners with a unique, car-free experience of the City’s stunning natural and cultural attractions, such as views of the 12 Apostles, the Atlantic Seaboard, the Bo-Kaap, the Company Gardens, Parliament, the City Hall, the Castle of Good Hope, District 6, the V&A Waterfront and Table Bay. It is an ideal route for serious athletes wanting to experience the true essence of Cape Town and for first-timers who want to finish their inaugural marathon in style, it is truly reflective of a Cape Town experience.

“And for those brave enough to enter, over and above the prestige and personal achievement involved, the lure of great financial reward awaits,” adds Meyer. With prize money totaling R1.2m+ across all categories of the 42.2km marathon, additional cash prizes of R 400k+ are up for grabs throughout all other events scheduled over the duration of the action-packed spring weekend. For a detailed breakdown of all prize money on offer, please visit http://www.capetownmarathon.com/information/prizes/

An exhilarating festival of running, the Cape Town Marathon will bring together a range of runners from elite athletes to social joggers and community teams. While the classic Olympian 42.2km marathon will take centre stage, weekend activities will also include a 10km Peace Run, a 5km Peace Fun Run, adventurous trail runs and a team-building relay race, thus ensuring something for everyone and the opportunity for all to experience Cape Town as never seen before.

Brought to you by Elana Meyer and Francois Pienaar, two of South Africa’s sporting greats, the 2014 Cape Town Marathon is managed by a joint partnership between Western Province Athletics (WPA), ASEM Running and the City of Cape Town. Redesigned for you, this new collaboration aims to revitalise the event with the goal of the Cape Town Marathon developing into one of the rare and prestigious World Marathon Majors. It is supported by the city of Cape Town’s Executive Major, Patricia de Lille.

To register online and for further detail, please visit www.capetownmarathon.com. We look forward to seeing you in September.

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