Cape Town, 21 August 2018 – The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, Africa’s only IAAF Gold Label-status marathon, was awarded “Participation Event Of The Year” at the illustrious Sports Industry Awards last Friday in Sandton.
Shortlisted against the weekend “parkrun” fun runs and the ABSA Cape Epic annual mountainbike race, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon won for being “a leading event or event series that stands out from all competitors, embraces new ideas of technologies and improves the industry standard”. The annual springtime city marathon has witnessed phenomenal growth since its revamp in 2014.
Elana van Zyl-Meyer, race ambassador for the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, says, “We’re absolutely thrilled by this achievement as it ratifies our intention of building an event that offers an internationally competitive world-class marathon experience, while at the same time developing a level of meaningful sustainability through the Run4Change legacy programme and the 50 charities it supports.”
The marathon will be the high point of a weekend-long festival of running taking place this year on 22-23 September, and including two Peace Trail Runs (22km and 12km), a 5km Peace Run/Walk and a 10km Peace Run. It has attracted top-flight international and local elite athlete support, with countries including Ethiopia, Kenya, Australia, the UK, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe represented. South Africa’s top marathon runners Stephen Mokoka, Desmond Mokgobu, Xolisa Tyali, Lebo Phalula, Nolene Conrad and Lebogang Phalula will be taking part.
“Entries are still open for both the 10km Peace Run and the marathon itself, so we encourage those runners still interested to do what they can to confirm a slot in this year’s event,” says van Zyl-Meyer. “It’s an experience for the whole family, with specially themed spectator zones set up along the marathon route, featuring a mix of live music, food and drink, and with costumed dancers to create the gees that our runners need as they move along the city route. We encourage everyone to come on down and support us.”
Runners can enter at www.sanlamcapetownmarathon.com