Running the Sunlam Cape Town Marathon is unique way to experience the gorgeous highlights and the vibrant spirit of one of Africa’s most visited and most celebrated cities. It is an ideal race both for athletes who aim to achieve fast times, and for first-timers who want to finish their inaugural marathon. The route is wheelchair-friendly, and the 7 hour cut-off time can accommodate the social runner.
The Sunlam Cape Town Marathon is an IAAF Gold Label event.
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Cape Town uniquely boasts the spectacular, natural mountain environment of the Table Mountain National Park within its central city limits. The 12km and 22km Sanlam Cape Town Peace Trail Runs allow you to rise above the urban environment and gloriously 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 making the descent to finish at Green Point Stadium.
The start and finish are at Green Point A Track, Green Point.
The race starts at the world famed tourist destination the V&A Waterfront. A flat, fast start along the Atlantic Seaboard, it follows trendy Mouille-Point and Sea Point beach-front running to the sound of the crashing waves on the Sea Point promenade. You then return under the beautiful backdrop of Signal Hill, into Cape Town’s City Centre. Weaving your way through the cities eclectic mix of modern skyscrapers and historical landmarks, runners can expect a fast pace and welcome roadside encouragement as you run past her historical landmarks of Long Street, Mount Nelson Hotel, South African National Gallery, South African Holocaust Museum, St Mary’s Cathedral, Houses of Parliament, City Gardens, City Hall, District Six and the Castle of Good Hope to mention a few.
You leave the City, heading towards the leafy Suburbs of Woodstock, Observatory, Mowbray, Rondebosch and Newlands, always under the gaze of majestic Table Mountain. Be sure to enjoy the iconic Groote Schuur Hospital, world-ranked University of Cape Town, President’s Groote Schuur Residence, Newlands Swimming Pool, Newlands Test Cricket ground, past several schools including Rustenberg Girls, Westerford High, San Souci Girls High, Groote Schuur, Rondebosch Boys and Bishops Diocesan College before you reach the historic Rondebosch Common.
Turning back to the City alongside the Liesbeek River, you enter the vibrant, eclectic suburb of Woodstock, with her mix of craft breweries, the famous Biscuit Mill, several churches and restaurants. Expect a lot of advice and encouragement from the locals. This affords you incredible panoramic views of Table Mountain as you journey back to the City Centre.
The city is now awake, and you experience her unique rhythm, the salty sea smell, the incredible Capetonian support as you run along the World Cup 2010 Fanwalk towards the Cape Town Stadium. Your 42,2 km journey of the Mother City ends in the shadow of Signal Hill at Vlei Road outside the Green Point athletics stadium where 1000’s of spectators, runners and entertainers merge into a carnival of food, drink and celebration.
The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon Registration and EXPO will take place at The Lookout, situated in the Waterfront of Cape Town. Experience the magnificent outlook from the terraces of the glass-sided venue, of iconic landmarks including Cape Town Stadium, Table Bay, Lion’s Head, Robben Island, and of course, the magnificent Table Mountain. Be it day or night-time, it’s the breathtaking vistas of the ocean, mountains and city surrounding it, which ensures that this venue is beyond compare. Come and experience the spirit of Cape Town at this unique Sanlam Cape Town Marathon exhibition event. The Lookout venue is situated on Granger Bay Parking Area, in the Waterfront
Thursday: 2pm - 7pm
Friday: 9am – 7pm
Saturday: 9am – 5pm
7:00am Beach Road, corner of Granger Bay Road, Green Point, Cape Town. Finish at Green Point A track.
The Half Marathon Peace Trail Run commences at 7:00am Saturday
Mobile ambulances or Medical Personnel will be stationed approximately every 5km along the route. There will be a full medical tent at the finish.
Show your support on the roadside or hop on to our free supporter bus, and cheer along the route. The spectator bus route will take you to several spots where spectators can go and watch and support the runners along the way. Follow this link to the Cape Town Visitors' Guide.
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