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Sanlam Cape Town Marathon

Lace up your running shoes for a fast-paced flat race through the Cape’s historic CBD

Runners will hit the streets of the Mother City for the 2015 Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, a fast and furious race known for its flat terrain, unique city centre route and scenic views on Sunday, 20 September 2015 (other subsidiary runs will take place on Saturday, 19 September 2015).

Established in 2007, the Cape Town Marathon was intended to provide first-time runners with a feasible race – devoid of steep hills and unnecessary turns – and to aid more experienced runners in achieving fast times, so as to qualify for the Comrades and the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon.

“Young or old, professional or amateur; the Mother City welcomes you and invites you to be part of this year’s historic Cape Town Marathon,” says Elana Meyer, South African Olympic medalist and Ambassador for the Cape Town Marathon.

Runners can either sign up for the 42.2-km or 10-km race, which will dash from the starting line at the Green Point A track in Green Point. Participants in the 42.2-km race have 7 hours to complete the race, and participants in the 10-km race will have two hours in which to cross the finish line; the allocated period gives even walkers enough time to complete both events.

Not just for the serious competitor looking to bolster their times, the Cape Town Marathon also offers a number of offshoots that cater to all levels of fitness; there are 11-km and 22-km trail runs as well as a 4.2-km fun run.

What’s more, friends, family and supporters can join in the celebration at the finishing line with runners at the supporter zone where the prize-giving will take place; there will also be a number of food stalls, a beer garden, a runners’ expo and live music!

Last year, the record times were broken for both the mens' and womens' events. Willy Kibor Koitile (Kenya) finished in 2h 10m 45s, and Meseret Biru (Ethiopia) completed the marathon in 2h 30m 57s.


42.2-km Marathon (20 SEPTEMBER)

The full marathon kicks off at the Green Point A track in Green Point and takes participants through the historic CBD and into the verdant Southern Suburbs. Run in the shadow of Devil’s Peak and head past landmarks like the Liesbeek River, the Rondebosch Common, Newlands Cricket ground, Groote Schuur and the University of Cape Town.

From there, athletes will head back to the Mother City and will, this time while in the shade cast by Table Mountain, venture into District Six before seeing the Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town City Hall, the Houses of Parliament, Company’s Gardens, St Georges Cathedral, Green Market Square, the Mandela Rhodes Building, the Huguenot Chambers, Nederduitse Kerk and many more.

In the final stretch, participants can get their second (sea) wind as they traverse along the Fanwalk and Sea Point Beach front before turning back and toward the Mouille Point Lighthouse and making their way to the final stop: the Green Point A track.




The route starts and finishes at the Green Point A track in Green Point. 


Cut off time is at 2pm; runners get 7 hours to complete the course.


Registered and unregistered first-time and veteran runners (15 years of age and older). 


Registered athlete: R190p/p
Unregistered athletes: R230p/p 


R1000p/p (includes race entry, Racetec timing device, temporary ASA athlete registration and a High Tec shirt). 


R600p/p (includes race entry, Racetec timing device, temporary ASA athlete registration and a High Tec shirt). 


Visit for more information. 


Top runners will walk away with prize money, while all participants get goodie bags and medals. 

10-km Peace Run (20 SEPTEMBER)

The 10-km Peace Run also starts and ends off at the Green Point A track. While it is a much shorter route, it still offers runners the opportunity to see iconic Mother City landmarks from a unique perspective.

Details of the route have yet to be announced.




The route starts and finishes at the Green Point A track in Green Point.


Cut off time is at 8:50am; runners get two hours to complete the course.


Registered and unregistered elite runners (15 years of age and older)


Registered athlete: R70p/p
Unregistered athletes: R90p/p
Registered Junior: R55p/p
Unregistered Junior: R65p/p


R500p/p (includes race entry, Racetec timing device and temporary ASA athlete registration).


R300p/p (includes race entry, Racetec timing device and temporary ASA athlete registration).


Visit for more information.


Top runners will walk away with prize money, while all participants get goodie bags and medals.

11-km and 22-km Peace Trail Runs (19 SEPTEMBER)

Rise above the cityscape and head into the Table Mountain National Park for 11- and 22-km trail runs. Become one with nature as you take on the Signal Hill and Lion’s Head while drinking in the breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of nature as you take to the trails of Signal Hill and Lion’s Head.  You will enjoy stunning city and iconic Table Mountain vistas from the slopes of Signal Hill, as well as breathtaking views over the sweeping Atlantic Ocean from the contour path on Lion’s Head before descending to finish at the Green Point A track in Green Point.

Please note that entries are limited to 500 per trail run.


22-km trail run: 7am.

11-km trail run: 7:45am.


The route starts at Somerset Road in Green Point and finishes at the Green Point A track in Green Point.


Cut off time is at 12pm for both races; runners get 4 and a half hours to complete the 22-km run, and 4 hours to finish the 11-km course. 


Registered and unregistered first-time and veteran runners (17 years of age and older)


11-km trail run: R190p/p
22-km trail run: R330p/p

The R60p/p entry into the SANParks is included in the entry fee.


Top runners will walk away with prize money, while all participants get goodie bags and medals.

4.2-km Peace Run (19 SEPTEMBER)

This high-spirited fun run takes runners and walkers of all ages and fitness levels on a flat route that circles the lush green space at the Green Point Urban Park and Biodiversity Garden.




The route starts and finishes at the Green Point A track in Green Point.


Cut off time is at 11am; runners and walkers get one hour to complete the course.


Runners and walkers of all ages (please note that children younger than 15 years of age must be supervised by a parent)




Top runners will walk away with prize money, while all participants get goodie bags and medals.

Do note that this year’s main events will be timed by Racetec. For more information on VIP charity packages, visit


Entries for the race will close at midnight on Saturday, 5 September 2015, or when the 7000 entries have been filled. Participants can enter online via, by emailing, by phoning +27 (0) 87 820 7223, or by faxing your entry form to +27 (0) 86 595 2450.


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