Entries already open for Cape Town Marathon

2016-03-15 06:00
Entries are open for this year’s Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, which will take place in September.

Entries are open for this year’s Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, which will take place in September.

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This year’s Sanlam Cape Town Marathon takes place on the weekend of 17 and 18 September. An opportunity for participants from South Africa and around the world to run through the beautiful city of Cape Town, the iconic city-based marathon brings with it prize money in excess of R2m.

This is the largest sum ever offered for a South African standard marathon.

“Young or old, professional or amateur, you’re warmly invited to be part of this year’s historic festival of running,” says Elana Meyer, ambassador for the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon.

“We’re already receiving huge international interest.”

Last year, the marathon had a total of 15 844 participants in all the events held over the weekend, with the 42.2km standard marathon seeing 5737 entrants – a 32% increase from the previous year.

The runners came from 51 countries and included 37 elite athletes from six countries.

This was a fantastic turnout, the organisers say, and Cape Town saw a huge influx of visitors for the event.

This year’s edition of the race is managed by a joint partnership between Western Province Athletics (WPA), ASEM Running and the City of Cape Town.

Meyer, a South African Olympic medallist and repeat record-holder in long-distance running, and South African rugby great Francois Pienaar are both ambassadors for the event.

The events. Sanlam Cape Town Marathon 42.2km – the classic Olympian 42.2km standard marathon distance on 18 September at 07:00.

. Sanlam Cape Town 10km Peace Run/Walk on 18 September at 06:50.

. Sanlam Cape Town 4.2km Peace Fun Run on 17 September at noon.

. Sanlam Cape Town 12km and 22km Peace trail runs on 17 September at 07:45 and 07:00.

 To register online and for more information visit www.sanlamcapetownmarathon.com.

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