Spectators encouraged to support all runners at the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon
“Marathon runners feed on encouragement to get them over the line, and spectators play a vital role to keep their momentum going,” says Janet Welham, race director of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, which takes place on Sunday 17 September this year.
The 42.2km road race, whose International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) Gold Label status makes it unique in Africa, follows a scenic route through Cape Town, offering participants from over 70 countries a challenging and beautiful day of running. And there’ll be 13 spectator zones and no fewer than 63 entertaining activations along the route to keep both runners and spectators enthralled, including a “battle of the bands” on the last stretch along FW de Klerk Boulevard.
Communities and sponsors are pulling out all the stops to make this year’s iconic city marathon a true spectacle. “Coffee and snacks will be provided to spectators at most spectator zones to keep them energised and ready to spur the runners on,” says Welham.
Says Yegs Ramiah, Chief Executive: Brand at Sanlam, “We are proud to sponsor Africa’s only IAAF gold label marathon for the fourth year. We invite everyone in Cape Town as well as the friends and family of participants to join us in motivating and cheering on the runners at one of these spectator zones to create an exhilarating atmosphere that motivate the runners as they make their way through the 42.2km route and the finish line.”
For participants, supporters and spectators coming in to town for the marathon, the City of Cape Town has made access far easier by offering some free travel options before, during and after the 42,2km race.
- A free MyCiti shuttle will be available from the Civic Centre to Green Point Stadium, leaving every five minutes, from 5am to 6.30am, returning every twenty minutes from 9am to 2.30pm.
For armchair fans, the marathon will be broadcast live from 6.30am on SABC2, and will be live-streamed on the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon website at www.sanlamcapetownmarathon.com
Although the main race and 10km Peace Run/Walk take place on the Sunday, there are plenty of other activities and events during this weekend festival of running. A running expo will be held at the Lookout, V&A Waterfront, on Thursday 14 September (2pm to 7pm), Friday 15 September (9am to 7pm) and Saturday 16 September (9am to 5pm), at which athletes can register and receive their race numbers and goody bags. Exhibitors will be offering a range of products for sale, while the food court with its live music will keep runners and supporters entertained.
The expo will also give runners and supporters the chance to take the Run4Change pledge. Participants’ donations show their support by making a significant and positive impact on society, and get them a free set of Sanlam Cape Town Marathon Run4Change laces and a pledge sticker that can be added to the pledge wall at the expo.
To take part, simply make your way to one of the specially created SANLAM CAPE TOWN MARATHON SPECTATOR ZONES at the following points:
- 13km: Observatory Main Road (Outside Pick n Pay Observatory)
- 15km: Rondebosch Main Road (Outside Nations Café)
- 5km: Newlands cricket ground & Kelvin Grove
- 19km: Michaels Restaurant in Rondebosch
- 5km: Rondebosch Common (Opposite Red Cross Children’s Hospital)
- 26km: Liesbeek Parkway – Black River Office Park
- 5km: Salt River Circle
- 32km: Neptune Street – Paarden Eiland
- 5km: FW de Klerk Boulevard– battle of the bands
- 5km: Loop Street outside The Cullinan Hotel
- 40km: Bree Street & Waterkant Bridge (Prestwich Museum Area)
- 5km: Somerset Road – Fanwalk, Green Point (opposite Mano’s Restaurant)
- 2km: Finish (Green Point A Track)
To witness one of Africa’s iconic marathons, all you need to do is show up and shout!
Africa is my home, this is my race. It’s Cape Town, must run it!