Organisers of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon are targeting IAAF Gold Label status with a world-class field and faster course for the 42.2km race from Greenpoint Stadium on September 20.
The event, which was relaunched last year, saw top runners from six African countries taking part and a field of 7 000 is expected for this year’s event.
Kenyan Willy Kibor (2:10:45) and Ethiopia’s Meseret Biru (2:30:58) secured the 2014 men’s and women’s titles respectively. Their times were the fastest set on South African soil in almost 20 years.
Race ambassador Elana Meyer said the race would be modelled on major international city marathons around the globe.
“The vision has always been to make this Africa’s greatest marathon. Last year we had a superb field, and this year we are looking to bring out another world-class group of elite runners to challenge our top South Africans.”
Significant route changes will help to prevent the congestion that slowed elite runners last year.
The Cape Town Marathon forms part of a weekend running festival that includes the 10km Peace Run and Trail Runs (11km and 22km), and Cape Town Community Fun Run.
Enter online before midnight on September 6. Alternatively get an entry form from your nearest Sportsmans Warehouse.
Late entries will only be accepted for the Peace Run and Fun Run.
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