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 2014 Cape Town Marathon, a fast and furious race known for its flat terrain, unique city centre route and scenic views on Sunday, 21 September 2014 (other subsidiary runs will take place on Saturday, 20 September 2014).

Established in 2007, the Cape Town Marathon was intended both 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 Cape Town Stadium in Green Point. Participants in the 42.2-km race have 8 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 Mother City run also offers a number of offshoots that caters to all levels of fitness; there are 11-km and 21-km trail runs, a 1-mile invitational, a 5 x 4.2-km relay 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!

SPORTING EVENTS AT THE 2014 OLD CAPE TOWN MARATHON

42.2-km Marathon (21 SEPTEMBER)

The full marathon kicks off at the Cape Town Stadium 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 Cape Town Stadium.

START TIME:

7:30am.

START & FINISH POINT:

The route starts and finishes at the Cape Town Stadium in Green Point. 

CUT OFF TIME:

Cut off time is at 3:30pm; runners get 8 hours to complete the course.

PERFECT FOR:

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

ENTRY FEES FOR LOCALS:

Registered athlete: R171p/p
Unregistered athletes: R211p/p 

ENTRY FEES FOR INTERNATIONALS:

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

ENTRY FEES FOR INTERNATIONALS FROM AFRICA:

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

VIP CHARITY ENTRIES:

Visit CapeTownMarathon.com for more information. 

REWARDS:

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

10-km Peace Run (21 SEPTEMBER)

The 10-km Peace Run also starts and ends off at the Cape Town Stadium. 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.

START TIME:

7am.

START & FINISH:

The route starts and finishes at the Cape Town Stadium in Green Point.

CUT OFF TIME:

Cut off time is at 7am; runners get two hours to complete the course.

PERFECT FOR:

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

ENTRY FEES FOR LOCALS:

Registered athlete: R57p/p
Unregistered athletes: R77p/p

ENTRY FEES FOR INTERNATIONALS:

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

ENTRY FEES FOR INTERNATIONALS FROM AFRICA:

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

VIP CHARITY ENTRIES:

Visit CapeTownMarathon.com for more information.

REWARDS:

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

11-km and 21.1-km Peace Trail Runs (20 SEPTEMBER)

Rise above the cityscape and head into the Table Mountain National Park for 11- and 21.1-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 Cape Town Stadium in Green Point.

Please note that entries are limited to 400 per trail run.

START TIME:

21.1-km trail run: 7:30am.

11-km trail run: 8am.

START & FINISH POINT:

The route starts and finishes at the Cape Town Stadium in Green Point.

CUT OFF TIME:

Cut off time is at 12pm for both races; runners get 4 and a half hours to complete the 21.1-km run, and 4 hours to finish the 11-km course. 

PERFECT FOR:

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

ENTRY FEES:

11-km trail run: R300p/p
21.1-km trail run: R175p/p

The R50p/p entry into the SANParks is included in the entry fee.

REWARDS:

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

4.2-km Peace Run (20 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.

START TIME:

11am.

START & FINISH:

The route starts and finishes at the Cape Town Stadium in Green Point.

CUT OFF TIME:

Cut off time is at 12pm; runners and walkers get one hour to complete the course.

PERFECT FOR:

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

ENTRY FEES:

R35p/p

REWARDS:

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

5x4.2-km Peace Relay (20 SEPTEMBER)

Perfect as a team-building activity for corporate, community, school and youth teams or families and friends, the Peace Relay offers participants a vibey 4.2-km run through the Green Point Urban Park and Biodiversity Garden. Teams are made up of five members and participants are each responsible for completing a 4.2-km leg.

START TIME:

9am.

START & FINISH:

The route starts and finishes at the Cape Town Stadium in Green Point.

CUT OFF TIME:

Cut off time is at 12pm; runners and walkers get three hours to complete the course.

PERFECT FOR:

Teams of registered and unregistered first-time and veteran runners (10 years of age and older)

ENTRY FEES:

R285 per team

REWARDS:

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

Peace Mile Invitational (20 SEPTEMBER)

The Cape Town Marathon event is capped by three thrilling Prestige Mile Races – the Women’s Mile, Men’s Mile and University Mile.  Each race starts on Beach Road, a mile from the electrifying finish at Green Point Stadium. These races are each open to 10 qualifying elite athletes that guarantee spectators a gripping end to the Cape Town Marathon event.

START TIME:

12pm.

START & FINISH:

The route starts on Beach Road and finishes at the Cape Town Stadium in Green Point.

PERFECT FOR:

Qualifying elite athletes who have been invited to participate.

REWARDS:

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 and timing tags are compulsory; tags will cost R120p/p. For more information on VIP charity packages, visit CapeTownMarathon.com.

ENTRIES FOR THE 2014 CAPE TOWN MARATHON

Entries for the race opened on Thursday, 1 May 2014 and will close on Friday, 5 September 2014. Participants can enter online via CapeTownMarathon.com, by emailing entries@capetownmarathon.com or by faxing your entry form to +27 (0) 86 5952450.

ROAD CLOSURES FOR THE 2014 CAPE TOWN MARATHON

Affected Roads Between Restrictions for Saturday, 20 September 2014 Time
Green Point
Fritz Sonnenberg Granger Bay Boulevard and Beach Road Temporary delays 09:00 – 12:00
Kiewiet Street Beach Road and Bay Road Temporary delays 09:00 – 12:00
Somerset/Main Road Clyde Road and Wigtown Road Temporary delays, and stop and go 07:30 – 11:00
High Level Road Clydebank Road and Wigtown Road Temporary delays, and stop and go 07:35 – 11:00
Kloof Road Kloof Road and Kloof Nek Road Caution: runners 08:00 – 11:00
       
Affected Roads Between Restriction for Sunday, 21 September 2014 Time
Sea Point and Green Point
Beach Road Clarens Road and Three Anchor Bay Road City-bound lane restriction 06:00 – 16:00
Beach Road Three Anchor Bay and Fritz Sonnenberg Road Road closure (access for residents only through Stanley Road and Bay Road) 06:00 – 16:00
Somerset Road Wigtown Road and Buitengracht Road closure southbound and northbound 06:00 – 07:30
Vlei Road Helen Suzman Boulevard and Fritz Sonnenberg Road Temporary delays, and stop and go 09:00 – 15:00
Granger Bay Boulevard Fritz Sonnenberg Road and Beach Road Road closure 06:30 – 07:30
Granger Bay Boulevard Fritz Sonnenberg Road and Beach Road Lane restriction at direction circle 06:30 – 15:30
Somerset Road Buitengracht and Chiapinni Road Road closure 09:00 – 13:30
Prestwich Street Chiapinni Road and Ebenezer Road Temporary delays, and stop and go 09:00 – 13:30
CBD
Bree Street Riebeeck Street and Strand Street Road closure 07:30 – 08:00
Bree Street Riebeeck Street and Bloem Street Road closure 09:00 – 13:30
Strand Street Bree Street and  Castle Street Rolling road closure 07:30 – 08:00
Keizergracht Tennant Road and Constitution Street, District 6 Rolling road closure 08:30 – 12:20
Longmarket Street Primrose Street and Parade Street Road closure 08:45 – 12:45
Plein Street Darling Street and Orange Street Temporary delays, and stop and go 08:45 – 12:50
Orange Street Plein Street and Rheede Street Lane restriction southbound 08:45 – 12:50
Adderley Street Government Avenue and Strand Street Lane restriction, and  stop and go 08:50 - 13:00 
Strand Street Adderley Street and Bree Street Lane restriction 08:50 – 13:15
Southern Suburbs (Woodstock to Claremont)
There will be rolling road closures along the route for the sub-3-hour marathon runners; thereafter partial road closures will be in place 07:30 – 10:30
A stop and go system for all runners participating in the 8-min/km or more along the route 07:30 – 15:00
Newmarket Street Castle Street and Albert Street Rolling road closure 07:45 – 08:30
Albert Street Newmarket Street and  Lower Main Road, Salt River Rolling road closure 07:45 – 08:50
Lieesbeek Parkway Alma Street and Campground Road, Observatory Rolling road closure 07:45 – 09:20
Lieesbeek Parkway Lower Main Road and Station Road Road closure 07:45 – 09:20
Park Road Campground Road and Milner Road Temporary delays, and stop and go 08:00 – 10:00
Campround Road Park Road and Keurboom Road, Rondebosch Temporary delays, and stop and go 08:10 – 10:10
Campround Road Keurboom Road and Main Road, Claremont Road closure eastbound 08:10 – 10:20
Letterstead Road Main Road and  Boundary Road, Claremont Temporary delays, and stop and go 08:10 – 10:30
Main Road Boundary Road, Claremont to Russel Road, Woodstock Temporary delays, and stop and go 08:20 – 11:50

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