The Mother City Marathon
The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is one of the world’s irresistible Gold Label City Marathons. Experience the route of Africa’s extraordinary Mother City as you rise to the heroic challenge of athletics most celebrated race – the classic Olympic distance of 42.2 km.
The race starts at the world famed tourist destination the V&A Waterfront. It follows trendy Mouille-Point Beach-front into Cape Town’s City Centre, and 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, and the Castle of Good Hope to mention a few.
You leave the City, heading towards the leafy Southern Suburbs, 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 Test Cricket ground, and historic Rondebosch Common.
Turning back to the City alongside the Liesbeek River, you enter the vibrant, eclectic suburb of Woodstock before heading out along the National freeway towards Paarden Eiland. This former island, reclaimed from the sea, 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 Green Point A track where 1000’s of spectators, runners and entertainers merge into a carnival of food, drink and celebration.