Already having made a significant difference in the lives of elite and amateur runners alike, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon will utilise its new top-flight status to continue opening doors for participants of the annual 42.2km race when it is held on 17 September 2017.
Establishing its place among the continent’s most iconic races, as the only event in Africa to receive IAAF Gold Label recognition, the annual road running festival in the Mother City has made a real impact on runners across the continent since it was relaunched in 2014.
Over the last few years, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon has assisted several African and local athletes by providing a springboard for their international careers. Various runners have received lucrative offers to participate at prestigious international races, based on their performances at the local event:
After winning the 2014 Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, Ethiopian athlete Meseret Mengistu went on to win the Paris Marathon the following year.
Local Western Province runner, Lungile Gongqa’s breakthrough performance occured at the 2015 edition of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, where he finished second behind winner Kenyan Shadrack Kemboi in a time of 2:11:59. This time allowed him to qualify to go to the Rio Olympics in 2016 and more recently he won the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon.
Asefa Negewo of Ethiopia, who won last year’s Sanlam Cape Town Marathon in a Gold Label time of 2:08:41 (the fastest marathon ever run on a standard course on SA soil) went on to finish seventh at the London Marathon, a World Marathon Majors contest, in the English capital at the end of April.
Motlokoa Nkhabutlane of Lesotho, who was fourth at the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon last year, finished ninth at the recent Paris Marathon in a gold label time.
Having received IAAF Gold Label accreditation this year, after being promoted from Silver Label status, the race will offer an even bigger boost to the elite field which provides local athletes the chance to compete at an elite international marathon on home soil.
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Entries for the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon are open. To find out more, go to www.sanlamcapetownmarathon.com
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About the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon:
Awarded IAAF Gold Label status earlier this year, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is an exhilarating festival of running that brings together runners, elite athletes, social joggers and surrounding communities to enjoy a Spring weekend of running through Africa’s spectacularly beautiful Mother City.
The classic Olympian 42.2km marathon takes centre stage on the Sunday, which follows a 10km Peace Run in the morning, and two Peace Trail Runs (22km and 12km) and a 4.2km Fun Run/ Walk on the Saturday.
As Africa’s “must run” iconic city marathon, it aims to facilitate and leverage change at a national level through its Run4Change Legacy Programme, comprising five pillars:
- To focus on HEALTH and WELLNESS
To become one of the biggest FUNDRAISING sporting events in South Africa
To promote PEACE and SPORT
To be a SUSTAINABLE event
To DEVELOP and EMPOWER South African Athletes
Managed by a joint partnership through Western Province Athletics (WPA), ASEM Running and the City of Cape Town, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, to be held in September, is endorsed by Elana Meyer and Francois Pienaar.
The four-day festival starts with the AIMS Africa Conference and the opening day of the Expo on September 14, and will come to a close with the road running contests over various distances on September 17.
It offers a competitive yet beautiful route, providing runners with a unique experience that highlights the city’s natural splendour and top cultural attractions. The field is inclusive of the world’s elite athletes, club and non-club runners, casual joggers, social runners and walkers. Athletes and spectators can enjoy Cape Town’s unique festive atmosphere at safe, fun supporter zones along the route, and at the finish at Green Point A Track.
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