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Sanlam Cape Town Marathon

A prestigious and exciting sporting event in the beautiful Mother City.

We are a proud sponsor of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon which welcomes runners of all fitness levels every spring. Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, we had to do things a bit differently in 2020 and for the first time ever the race took place virtually – something that has never been seen in any major international marathon event.

Utilising cutting-edge technology, we gave our worldwide running family the opportunity to enjoy a virtual race experience from any corner of the world through an app. Runners from as far as Australia, New Zealand and East Asia participated, and according to Barry van Blerk, Sanlam Cape Town Marathon General Manager, the runners’ feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

2021 Race Information

All you need to cross the finish line.

Race Ambassadors

Sporting greats drive our vision.

Congratulations to Our 2020 Winners

Men:

Bongmusa Mthembu (Arthur Ford): 02:17:32

Nkosikhona Mhlakwana (Maxed Elite): 02:21:41

Msawenkosi Mthalane (Entsika): 02:22:02

Women:

Annie Bothma (ATC Multisport): 02:33:36 (New PB)

Nontokozo Mkhize (Arthur Ford): 02:46:43

Tanith Maxwell (Boxer): 02:55:29

Men:

Phillimon Mathiba (Nedbank): 02:18:29

Philani Buthelezi (Murray & Roberts): 02:21:10

Kabelo Melamu (Murray & Roberts): 02:26:32

Women:

Charne Bosman (Murray & Roberts): 02:56:19

Yolande Maclean (Murray & Roberts): 02:57:31

Chrizell Roberts (Nedbank): 03:21:59

Men:

Edward Mothibi (Nedbank): 02:16:48

Jeremia Moshwetsi (Impala): 02:21:15

Peter Muthubi (Nedbank): 02:25:23

Women:

Ann Ashworth (Massmart): 02:46:14

Lebo Phalula (Boxer): 02:57:16

Melinda Jansen van Vuuren (Massmart): 03:03:37

Men:

Edward Mothibi (Nedbank): Alt. Adj. 02:13:11

Phillimon Mathiba (Nedbank): Alt. Adj. 02:14:49

Philani Buthelezi (Murray & Roberts): Alt. Adj. 02:17:26

Women:

Annie Bothma (ATC Multisport): Alt. Adj. 02:33:35

Ann Ashworth (Massmart): Alt. Adj. 02:41:51

Nontokozo Mkhize (Arthur Ford): 02:46:42

2021 Race Information

The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon (42.2km) is a prominent global city race open to elite athletes and social runners. Along the route, you’ll get to experience the spectacular beauty of Cape Town’s mountains and sea, and some of the city’s great attractions.

Running the marathon is unique way to take in the highlights and vibrant spirit of one of Africa’s most visited and celebrated cities. It is the ideal race for athletes who want to achieve fast times, and for first-timers. The route is wheelchair-friendly, and the 6 hours and 30 minutes cut-off time accommodates different fitness levels.

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The 22km Sanlam Cape Town Peace Trail Run offers you some of the best views in Cape Town. You can expect to rise above the urban environment and immerse yourself in nature as you take on the trails of Signal Hill and Lion’s Head.

Runners can expect stunning vistas from the slopes of Signal Hill, as well as unique views over the sweeping Atlantic Ocean from the contour path on Lion’s Head, before finishing at Green Point Stadium.

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The 12km Sanlam Cape Town Peace Trail Run will take you above the urban environment, allowing you to immerse yourself in the magnificent sights and sounds of nature on the trails of Signal Hill and Lion’s Head.

You can expect some stunning city and Table Mountain vistas, as well as amazing views over the Atlantic Ocean from the contour path on Lion’s Head before making the descent to finish at Green Point Stadium.

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When running the Sanlam Cape Town 10km Peace Run, you’ll get to experience the Mother City like never before. Join a global community, consisting of thousands of runners, who traditionally come together to run 10km in commemoration of the United Nation’s International Day of Peace.

This heartfelt and unifying event is open to all, from elite athletes to walkers. The 10km route is flat and fast, so you’ll be able to take in the natural beauty of the Atlantic seaboard while enjoying the vibrant spirit of Cape Town.

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Sanlam Cape Town Marathon’s 5km Peace Run is a community-building event that encourages all to join – the 1-hour cut-off time also accommodates walkers. It provides an opportunity for families and friends, businesses, schools and other community groups to band together and enjoy being part of one of Africa’s most prestigious athletic events.

The 5km route circles the attractive Green Point Urban Park and Biodiversity Garden.

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Race Ambassadors

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.

Our Ambassadors

Francois Pienaar

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.

Elana Meyer

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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My ASICS, a training app by ASICS, helps you achieve your running goals by planning and training smarter. Ensure a professional, customised training programme by downloading the app

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Get Tracking

Be Safe, a tracking app by Santam, not only allows you to let multiple friends see where you are, anywhere in the world, at any selected time, but will also send alerts to them when you arrive at your destination.

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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.

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