We are a proud sponsor of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, which welcomes runners of all fitness levels, including social runners and professionals. Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, we're doing things a bit differently this year – for the first time ever, the race will take place virtually.
Using cutting-edge technology, we're giving our worldwide running family the opportunity to enjoy a virtual race experience, no matter where you find yourself in the world. And, while we may not be running together, we hope to make a bigger difference than ever before. Sanlam is encouraging all runners to run for good, knowing that every kilometre is for a worthy cause.
Run a virtual race on 18 October 2020.
All you need to cross the finish line.
Sporting greats drive our vision.
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1st: Celestine Chepchirchir: 2:26:44
2nd: Nurit Shimels Yimam: 2:27:40
3rd: Gete Mindaye Tilahun: 2:28:32
1st: Edwin Kibet Koech: 2:09:20
2nd: Daniel Muindi Muteti: 2:09:25
3rd: Mohamed Ziani: 2:09:29
The Sanlam Cape Town Virtual Marathon is bringing the iconic marathon to your corner of the world through an interactive virtual experience.
You can start between 06:00 and 10:00 (local time) on 18 October. The route you choose to run will transform into a virtual Cape Town Marathon route, with the Virtual Cape Town Marathon app tracking you as if you are running the route itself. The app will display your actual route, as well as where you would be in Cape Town at the same distance. Your race progress, speed and running time will also be tracked.
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Whether you’re an experienced half marathon runner or a novice, you can now be part of this world-first global virtual race experience.
You can start between 06:00 and 10:00 (local time) on 18 October. The Virtual Cape Town Marathon app will make it seem as though you are running through the streets of Cape Town as it will display your actual route, as well as where you would be in Cape Town at the same distance. Your race progress, speed and running time will also be tracked.
Learn more about the half marathon
The Sanlam Cape Town Virtual 10km Peace Run/Walk is coming to your doorstep thanks to the Virtual Cape Town Marathon app.
You can start the 10km Virtual Peace Run/Walk between 06:00 and 10:00 (local time) on 18 October. The route you choose to run will transform into a virtual Cape Town 10km route, with the app tracking you as if you are running the route itself.
Learn more about the Peace Run
It’s time to bring the Cape Town 5km Peace Run route to your doorstep through an interactive virtual race experience.
You can start the 5km Virtual Peace Run/Walk between 06:00 and 10:00 (local time) on 18 October. The route you choose to run will transform into a virtual Cape Town 5km route, with the app tracking you as if you are running the route itself.
Two of South Africa’s most celebrated sporting greats, Francois Pienaar and Elana Meyer, have joined forces to drive the vision of turning the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon into one of the World Marathon Majors.
Once the inspirational rugby leader who stood by Nelson Mandela’s side to rouse an entire nation to unity, Francois remains as committed as ever to help develop South Africa through sporting achievement.
His successful business, Advent Sport Entertainment and Media (Pty) Ltd is well positioned to work with Western Cape Athletics and the City of Cape Town to stage and promote the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon as Africa’s leading City Marathon.
Determined to breathe fresh life into long-distance running in South Africa, Elana has turned her formidable, disciplined focus and energy to grow the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon into a prestigious global event.
Together with her work as co-director of ENDUROCAD, Elana sees the realisation of the goals of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon as an ideal opportunity to inspire and support South Africa’s young, talented long-distance runners to achieve greatness.
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Every spring, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon attracts thousands of running enthusiasts who enjoy 42.2 kilometres of spectacular scenery.
Watch how runners in previous years enjoyed Cape Town’s famous culture, attractions and atmosphere at their own pace while supported by excited spectators, live music, drinks along the route and much more. This year, we’ll be running in different parts of the world. But together, we can make it count.
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