With the routes confirmed and many charities lined up, the Salam Cape Town Marathon’s festival of running kicks off on Friday the 19th of September at the V&A waterfront. As one of Africa’s first iconic city marathons gains momentum on its path to becoming the continents first IAAF accredited marathons there is much to look forward to.


With the Olympic distance 42.2km race and 10km peace run to take place on Sunday the event as a whole offers a myriad of other races for those not quite ready to commit to the full distance. Spanning the course of the weekend the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon also offers a 4,2km Peace Fun Run, a 22km and 11km Peace Trail run, as well as a 5 x 4,2km Peace Corporate, School and University Relay.


“With the full support of the City, our routes have been confirmed, taking into account aspects such as road closures, positioning of refreshment stations and supporter zone accessibility, but also remaining true to our vision of becoming a world-class African sports event that models itself on scenic beauty and the heritage of the City,” says event ambassador Elana Meyer, South Africa’s Olympic medallist and repeat record holder in long-distance running.


The Route starting in Somerset Road meanders out towards Woodstock, Observatory, Rondebosch and Newlands, taking in scenic attractions like the pristine Liesbeek River, Rondebosch Common, Newlands Cricket Grounds, Groote Schuur Hospital and the University of Cape Town before turning back towards the city.  Passing iconic landmarks including the Castle of Good Hope, City Hall, Houses of Parliament, Company Gardens and the Mandela Rhodes building. The marathon finishes outside the Cape Town Stadium.


This year’s official charity partners include Endurocad; Peace and Sport L’Organisation pour la Paix par le Sport and Western Province Athletics’ Kids Athletics Development Programme.  Other charity partners that will be supported by the event include The Children’s Hospital Trust, The Sunflower Fund, Cancer Association of South Africa, Pink Drive, Anna Foundation, Eduvate, MAD Charity, JAG Foundation, WWF, Community Chest and Rotary Newlands.


“Even though the event appeals to sport enthusiasts, it benefits many others outside sport, through our broad selection of charities,” says Yegs Ramiah, Chief Executive: Sanlam Brand. “Our desire is for the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon to become the country’s largest fundraising sports event.”






@CTMarathon routes confirmed and charities lined up for the 30-day countdown to the festival of running. #challengeyourself


@ctmarathon sets itself to become a world major and the first IAAF classified marathon on the continent.


With the cities backing, everything is on schedule for a fast, flat and exciting race. @ctmarathon #challengeyourself.


A stunning route has been laid out for a top field of international elite athletes at this year’s @ctmarathon




The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is on schedule to becoming Africa’s first IAAF classified city marathon with the route confirmed and charities lined up. Backed by the City of Cape Town, this year’s race has attracted top international elite athletes from Kenya and Ethiopia as well as the very best of long-distance South African runners.


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