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Virtual Race FAQs

Find the answers to your frequently answered questions regarding the Sanlam Cape Town Virtual Marathon.

No, the 2020 Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is not cancelled. 

It is still too early to predict whether the Cape Town Marathon will be staged in its original format on 18 October, and we remain in close contact with all relevant roleplayers as the months progress. 

We are, however, deeply cognisant of the fact that much can change in the next six months, and the reality is that there is no certainty that any race will be able to take place this year.

With races being cancelled across the globe, many athletes are yearning for a definite and tangible goal to work towards. 

We have decided to develop and launch an interactive and immersive Virtual Race which you can run – within the lockdown parameters of the location you find yourself in – on 18 October.

  • Virtual Marathon: 06h30, 18 October 2020 
  • Virtual 10km Peace Run: 08h30, 18 October 2020
  • Virtual 5km Peace Run: 07h30, 17 October 2020

** As the Virtual Race is freed of geographical and time zone confines, the Marathon start time will be an athlete’s local time.

The 2020 edition of the Peace Trail Runs will take place on Sunday, 18 October. There will not be a Virtual Race option for the Trail Runs.

All finishers will receive a digital medal and certificate.

Virtual Race participants may not follow the actual Cape Town Marathon race course on 18 October. 

Participants will be required to map out their own 42.2km, 10km or 5km routes, while strictly adhering to the traffic rules and regulations in their area.

Athletes will also be required to adhere to any COVID-19 related hygiene, physical and social distancing regulations set out by their local authorities.

This will strictly depend on the COVID-19 related hygiene, physical and social distancing regulations, and lockdown levels set out by participants’ local authorities.

Due to the nature of the Virtual Race, with athletes participating in every corner of the world, athletes are required to be self-supported. 

If COVID-19 related lockdown and distancing regulations allow this at the time of your race, why not encourage your family and friends to be a part of your journey and support you along the way!

This is currently under review and will be communicated to all athletes in due course.

The app is currently being developed, and it will be officially launched in the coming months. Look out for email and social media updates.

There won’t be any seeding for the Virtual Marathon. Participants will start their race at 06h30 sharp (local time) on 18 October.

You will be required to download the Virtual Race app, load your profile and sync with your activity tracker, which must be worn / carried on Race Day.

Athletes residing in South Africa will have the option to purchase a t-shirt when they enter the Virtual Race. This option is unfortunately not available to runners living outside of South Africa.

All Virtual Race entrants will receive a digital race number.

Marathon: 20 years on Race Day

10km Peace Run: 14 years on Race Day

5km Peace Run: No limit

You will require data to download the Virtual Marathon App, and we recommend that you do this while connected to WiFi.  The App itself won’t use data while you are running as all functionality (audio and clips) will be embedded.

We are in the development phase of the App and once we launch in coming months, we will be able to confirm all the technical specs and data requirements.

You will be required to use the Virtual Marathon App, which will provide you with your full Sanlam Cape Town Virtual Marathon experience from start to finish.

The App will use your cell phone GPS tracker to track your progress, which means your phone’s location function must be switched on, and you will need to run with your phone.

As is the nature of any virtual race, runners will be covering their distance in different seasons, time zones, weather conditions, altitudes and gradients. No route will be the same, and the only common denominator will be the distance.

You will be racing against yourself and the Virtual Race clock, while the global community of runners signing up to participate will see their results on a leader board.

We find ourselves in strange times at the moment, and nobody can predict what is going to happen in the next few months. The Virtual Marathon is meant to give runners from across the world the opportunity to unite on Race Day, and run in the conditions they are allowed to, as long as they comply with their local regulations.

There are many exciting projects currently under consideration, and we will update athletes with new developments.