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. A flat, fast start along the Atlantic Seaboard, it follows trendy Mouille-Point and Sea Point beach-front running to the sound of the crashing waves on the Sea Point promenade. You then return under the beautiful backdrop of Signal Hill, into Cape Town’s City Centre. Weaving your way through the cities eclectic mix of modern skyscrapers and historical landmarks, runners can expect a fast pace and welcome roadside encouragement as you run 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, District Six and the Castle of Good Hope to mention a few.
You leave the City, heading towards the leafy Suburbs of Woodstock, Observatory, Mowbray, Rondebosch and Newlands, always 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 Swimming Pool, Newlands Test Cricket ground, past several schools including Rustenberg Girls, Westerford High, San Souci Girls High, Groote Schuur, Rondebosch Boys and Bishops Diocesan College before you reach the historic Rondebosch Common.
Turning back to the City alongside the Liesbeek River, you enter the vibrant, eclectic suburb of Woodstock, with her mix of craft breweries, the famous Biscuit Mill, several churches and restaurants. Expect a lot of advice and encouragement from the locals. This 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 Vlei Road outside the Green Point athletics stadium where 1000’s of spectators, runners and entertainers merge into a carnival of food, drink and celebration.