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Sanlam Cape Town Marathon’s Run4Change Legacy Programme highlights peace, friendship and harmony

Cape Town, 10 April 2018 – Imagine the tall majestic Parthenon with its powerful pillars standing sentry over the home of the marathon in Athens. Now imagine the symbolically powerful pillars that support the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon’s Run4Change Legacy Programme: Peace, Charity, Health, Sustainability and Development.

The pillars that form the basis of the Run4Change Legacy Programme are there for all runners to use and make a difference in the world, and in doing so support Africa’s only International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Gold Label-status marathon. Enter now and choose a pillar that inspires you to make a difference by following the link

#Run4Peace is a uniquely powerful South African pillar that enables participants to make a positive impact in our beautiful country. On receiving the Lifetime Laureus Award, Nelson Mandela commented, “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.” The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon provides the opportunity through its #Run4Peace initiative for you to contribute to peace in our land.The aims of #Run4Peace are to use running as a vehicle to bring together diverse and divided communities; to forge familiarity and friendships across communities, cultures and classes; and to use our examples and actions as runners to personify courage, inspiration, determination, respect, friendship, equality and excellence.

Race director Janet Welham comments, “South Africa has a long history of using sport to unify our nation. The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon aims to keep bringing home the role of peace, friendship and harmony through our Run4Change Legacy Programme.”

Race ambassador Elana Van Zyl-Meyer said, “Of all the races I’ve run throughout the world, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon has the most significant and symbolic start. The peace flame begins its journey in Nelson Mandela’s Robben Island cell. It’s brought to the start by close friend of Mandela, former Springbok captain Francois Pienaar, to the sound of Johnny Clegg’s Asimbonanga. This is a gooseflesh South African moment as thousands of South Africans join in the singing as we welcome runners from all over the world. The race creates the platform for peace. I urge you to use this opportunity to take the pledge and run for peace.”

Entries for the must-run Sanlam Cape Town Marathon are open, and applications are pouring in. The weekend-long running festival begins on Saturday 22 September with two Peace Trail Runs, with the classic 42.2km marathon taking place on Sunday 23 September. Last year over 20 000 participants from all over the world ran the various courses, with the marathon itself boasting a mass field of just under 8 000 entrants, cementing its position among the continent’s most popular road-running events.

The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon gained IAAF Gold Label status in 2017 – but the award is once-off, and a new submission is required to maintain it. The organisers are very proud to announce that this year; once again, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon will bear IAAF Gold Label status.

While the marathon itself is the high point of the weekend running festival, on Saturday 22 September the two Peace Trail Runs (22km and 12km) and a 5km PEACE Run/Walk take place, with the 10km Peace Run on Sunday. “The weekend events are for everyone, no matter your fitness level,” says Van Zyl-Meyer.

Africa is my home, this is my race. It’s Cape Town, must run it!

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