The Cape Town Marathon is a unique annual run which takes place in Spring every year. Runners of all levels are welcome to participate. It is Africa’s only IAAF Gold Label status marathon.

What’s happening?

This event caters to all types of runners, so it’s a great race no matter your level. The spectacular route takes in the Mother City’s famous natural beauty, as well as some of the top attractions, including Table Mountain the, South African Holocaust Museum, Rondebosch Common, and Cape Town Stadium.

The Route

The race starts at the V&A Waterfront, then gets off to a flat start along the Mouille Point beachfront. From here, it doubles back beneath Signal Hill and heads into the city, passing many well-known landmarks, such as Long Street, the Mount Nelson Hotel, the South African National Gallery, the Houses of Parliament, The Company’s Garden, and the Castle of Good Hope to mention a few. You then leave the City heading towards Southern Suburbs, passing the iconic Groote Schuur Hospital and the University of Cape Town. On your way back alongside the city, you will experience the vibrant and electric suburb of Woodstock. The route ends in the shadow of Signal Hill at Green Point A track where thousands of spectators wait to welcome the runners.

When it is Happening

The Sanlam Marathon takes place on the nearest Sunday to the 24th of September, South Africa’s Heritage Day. The route is designed in such a way that views of Cape Town’s natural beauty and rich historical sites are included In 2018 the date is Sunday the 23rd September. Entries close at midnight on 20 August 2018(for online entries).

The Cost

Entries range from R225-R1100. See the website for more information.

Info for Spectators

The best place to view and support the runners are at the Green Point A Track. It’s right near the Green Point Urban Park, which allows families to make this a festive all-day family outing.