There are less than 50 days left before the start of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon weekend.This festival of running sees the Mother City host the year’s only African IAAF Gold Label-status city marathon, which culminates in the 42,2 km main event on Sunday 15 September. No fewer than 17 IAAF Gold Label elite athletes will take part in a field dominated by Ethiopians and Kenyans. South Africa’s elite contingent features two Olympians and a course record breaker. “We’re thrilled to yet again host an incredible line-up of athletes for this year’s marathon,” says Sydney Mbhele, Chief Executive: Brand at Sanlam. “Our commitment to attracting top local and international runners has seen our horizons expand and set a path to even greater things. “The participation of Africa’s best runners along with other stakeholders has enhanced the race experience for everyone from elite runners to everyday champions.”And it’s not just about the runners, Mbhele notes. “We’ll continue to deliver our goals through excellence, chief among them being to enhance the reputation of the marathon and promote it as the platform of choice by South Africans to raise funds for Cansa to respond to the important issue of cancer awareness. And this is also a terrific family day for the fans – we have lots in store for them too.”With excellence paving the way to how athletes and spectators will experience this year’s weekend festival of running, the marathon’s jam-packed diary includes:. The lighting of the Peace Torch at City Hall’s Mandela statue and the race registration and expo at Century City on Friday 13 September.. Two Peace Trail Runs (22 km and 12 km) and a 5 km Peace Run, a Captains Challenge breakfast with former Springbok rugby captain Francois Pienaar and afternoon high tea for women in sport and health at Tsogo Sun Cullinan Hotel on Saturday the 14th. . The 42,2 km Marathon and 10 km Peace Run on Sunday the 15th.To enter any of the races, or for more information, visit www.capetownmarathon.com.