City run goes green

2016-06-22 06:00

THE Sanlam Cape Town Marathon allows local communities and clubs to thrive on the success of the spring weekend event, taking place on 17 and 18 September.

The race has grown tremendously and raised over R700 000 for charities in 2015.

The City of Cape Town believes its partnership with Western Province Athletics and ASEM Running will go from strength to strength as this event con­tinues to assist in driving the economy and multiple sectors in and around the city.

The aim is to bridge the gap between the world’s most popular races and the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon.

Taking further strides as one of Africa’s biggest and most prestigious road races, organisers of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon have urged runners to consider the environment when running this year.

The event includes a 42 km city marathon, a 10 km Peace Run, two trail runs and a fun run.

The marathon was declared climate neutral in 2014 and maintained this status in 2015.

“A festival of this size, catering for thousands of participants and spectators, can have a significant long-term impact on our natural surroundings,” said Yegs Ramiah, chief executive of the Sanlam brand.

“As one of the first South African sporting events to achieve climate neutral status, we have managed to offset 2 115 tons of CO2 over the past two years.

“This year, in an ­effort to encourage athletes to run green, we have made it possible for them to offset their own carbon footprint.

“As part of the race’s #RunGreen campaign, we are encouraging participants to challenge themselves to take the pledge to run green,” Ramiah concluded.

“All runners are urged to consider the environment and to take action,” said Janet Welham, race director.

“There are nu­merous ways in which this can be achieved in order to ensure we are making a worthy con­tribution as part of ongoing attempts to plan for the future.

“We aim to be sustainable and we appeal to each and every runner to take the pledge to run green, so as to keep the City of Cape Town clean,” said Welham.

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