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About Us


Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is brought to you by a partnership between Western Province Athletics (WPA), ASEM Running and the City of Cape Town, it is endorsed by Elana Meyer and Francois Pienaar, two of South Africa’s most celebrated sporting greats.

The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon has made incredible progress since its relaunch in 2014. In 2018 it was again awarded Gold Label status by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Later that year it obtained the coveted Sports Industry 2018 Mass Participation Event of the year and was voted event of the year by Runners World. In 2018 it was also named as an official qualifier for the inaugural Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group World Rankings.

Van Zyl-Meyer went on to say, “To date the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon has enjoyed the attention of both local and international elite athletes with Stephen Mokoka, South Africa’s top marathon runner, taking the top honors in a record time of 2:08:31 in 2018. The Gold Label status is a drawcard for elite athletes from around the world, maintaining Gold is of vital importance in keeping The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon as the ‘must run’ event in Africa, and we are proud to be a qualifying event for the inaugural #AbbottWMMRankings.”

Tim Hadzima, Executive Director of Abbott World Marathon Majors says, “We are very excited about the response to the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Rankings from marathons around the world. More than 125,000 runners aged 40+ participate in AbbottWMM races each year and this new system will allow even more runners to become a part of the AbbottWMM family. Our system gives runners a chance to run all over the world and all across the calendar on a truly global stage. We want to give them a chance to gain recognition like never before.”


Sanlam Cape Town Marathon has a vision of becoming one of the rare World Marathon Majors.  We believe that the Mother City, Cape Town, is the ideal host for an iconic African city marathon that showcases the continent’s remarkable talent for long-distance running.


Sanlam Cape Town Marathon aims to deliver a prestigious, sustainable, all-inclusive city marathon event that brings together world runners from elite athletes to wheelchair racers, as well as social and first-time runners, for an exceptional, world-class marathon experience.


  • Integrity
  • Authenticity
  • Passion
  • Excellence
  • Sustainability
  • Servicing the people
  • Accountability
  • Giving back



Cape Town Marathon winners history


  • Title Sponsor – Sanlam
  • Host City – City of Cape Town
  • Commercial – Sanlam, Vital Health Foods, ASICS, Coke, Tsogo Sun & Mediclinic
  • Newprint Media: Independent Media
  • Print Media: Runners World
  • TV: SABC2
  • Radio: Heart Radio & SABC
  • Airline: Ethiopian Airlines
  • Sports Affiliates: IAAF, ASA, WPA and AIMS
  • Asem
  • Western Cape Government
  • Cape Town Tourism
  • Wild Runner
  • Topevents & Finishtime
  • Jetline Photography
  • SANParks
  • Thorp Motors
  • Chattels
  • Transnet
  • WPA Kids Development Program
  • Endurocad


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