The Cape Town Marathon was awarded Gold Label Status at a conference hosted by race organisers today.
Since the event relaunched in 2014, one of the key goals has been to achieve this.
“A first for Africa, and with less than 35 IAAF Gold Label status marathons internationally, this is a huge honour and achievement,” said race director Janet Welham.
Three years ago the race was awarded Silver Label Status but in order to achieve gold, an event must adhere to host of requirements.
These include the attractiveness of the event; the event marketing; athlete line-up, together with technical aspects such as official times and results, route measurements, water stations, road closures as well as medical and doping requirements.
It is a stringent process which requires a new application each year.
The Cape Town Marathon is now the only IAAF climate certified and climate neutral event.
In addition to its certified climate neutral status, Cape Town Marathon stakeholders are aiming to make it one of the biggest fundraising sporting events in the country in order to ensure its future as a sustainable event.