Entries open for this year’s Sanlam Cape Town Marathon


Vaal athletes, are you ready for the wealthiest marathon of the year?  This year’s Sanlam Cape Town Marathon takes place on the weekend of the 16 and 17 September. Entries opened today.

An opportunity for participants from both South Africa and around the world to run through the beautiful city of Cape Town, this iconic city marathon brings with it prize money in excess of R2 million, the largest sum ever offered for a South African standard marathon.
“Young or old, professional or amateur, you’re warmly invited to be part of this year’s historic festival of running,” says Elana Meyer, ambassador for the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon. “We’re already receiving huge international interest.”
Last year Sanlam Cape Town Marathon had a total of 19 336 participants in all the events held over the weekend, with the 42.2km standard marathon seeing 7939 entrants, a 38% increase from the previous year. With an entry cut off in both the marathon and the 10km of 10 000 runners we are expecting a closed event.
The runners came from 67 countries around the world and we saw 59 elite athletes from 5 different countries compete. This was a fantastic turnout and Cape Town saw a huge influx to the Mother City for the event. In both the 10km and Marathon route records were broken with our men’s winner in the marathon achieving an IAAF gold label status time of 02:08:41.
The 2017 Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is managed by a joint partnership between Western Province Athletics (WPA), ASEM Running and the City of Cape Town. Meyer, a South African Olympic medallist and repeat record-holder in long-distance running, and South African rugby great Francois Pienaar are both ambassadors for the event.
The events are:
• Sanlam Cape Town Marathon 42.2km – the classic Olympian 42.2km standard marathon distance. 17 September – 07h00.
• Sanlam Cape Town 10km PEACE Run/Walk. 17 September – 07h10.
• Sanlam Cape Town 4.2km PEACE Fun Run. 16 September – 12 Noon.
• Sanlam Cape Town 12km and 22km PEACE Trail Runs. 16 September – 07h45 and 07h00.

#ChallengeYourself and enter this iconic event. To register online and for further details, visit www.sanlamcapetownmarathon.com.
Africa is our home, this is our race – It’s Cape Town, must run it!

About Sanlam Cape Town Marathon

The 2016 Sanlam Cape Town Marathon event is managed by a joint partnership between Western Province Athletics (WPA), ASEM Running and the City of Cape Town. Endorsed by Elana Meyer and Francois Pienaar, it will be held on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September 2016.

The classic 42.2km Cape Marathon is the centrepiece of this festival of running through Africa’s Mother City. The event also includes a 10km Peace Run/Walk, a 4.2km Fun Run and two Peace Trail Runs (22km and 12km) in the Table Mountain National Park.

The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon route is competitive yet beautiful, offering runners a unique experience that highlights the city’s natural splendour and top cultural attractions. The field is inclusive of the world’s elite athletes, club and non-club runners, casual joggers, social runners and walkers. Athletes and spectators can enjoy Cape Town’s unique festive atmosphere at safe, fun supporter zones along the route, and at the Green Point A Track next to the Cape Town Stadium in Green Point.

Sanlam Cape Town Marathon delivers a sustainable and charitable event that brings together runners and supporters to experience the exceptional spirit of Africa’s world-class City Marathon.

About Sanlam Group
Sanlam is a leading financial-services group listed on the JSE Limited and the Namibian Stock Exchange. Established in 1918 as a life-insurance company, the South Africa-based Sanlam Group has transformed into a diversified financial-services business. Through its four business clusters – Sanlam Personal Finance, Sanlam Emerging Markets, Sanlam Investments and Santam ̶ the Group provides comprehensive and tailored financial solutions to individual and institutional clients across all market segments. The Group’s areas of expertise include insurance, financial planning, retirement, trusts, wills, short-term insurance, asset management, risk management and capital market activities, investment and wealth. The Group operates in South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, India, Malaysia and the United Kingdom, and has business interests in the USA, Australia and the Philippines. It has a stake in leading global micro-insurance specialists UK-based Micro-Ensure Holdings Limited, which has a footprint across Africa and India, servicing more than 10 million enrolled clients. Visit www.sanlam.co.za or follow us at @sanlam.

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