The annual Cape Town Marathon will welcome another competitive international line-up on September 18.
The weekend road running festival will be highlighted by the 42.2km race, which is seen as one of the most popular and prestigious marathons on the continent.
With athletes from Africa continuing to dominate the international marathon racing circuit, the event will again give top performers the opportunity to shine on African soil.
The elite fields for the men’s and women’s races will be packed with foreign and South African stars, with an international line-up even bigger and better than that revealed for the 2015 race.
Last year’s race was won by Kenyans Shadrack Kemboi (2:11:41) and Isabella Ochichi (2:30:20). Kemboi already indicated his intention to break the course record this September after having run a 67/64 negative split last year.
Alfred Kipkosgei Kering, Kenya – 2:07:11 PB (marathon), 61:10 (half marathon)
John Kemboi Cheruiyot, Kenya – recent time of 2:08:56 (Frankfurt 2015)
Teferi Fekadu Girma, Ethiopia – 2:09:34 (marathon)
Sergey Lebid, Ukraine – 2:08:32 (marathon)
Alex Chesakit, Uganda – 61:42 (half marathon)
Jane Kiptoo, Kenya – 69:07 PB (half marathon), 2:31:21 (marathon)
Victory Chemkemoi, Kenya 70:09 PB (half marathon), 2:31:21 (marathon)
Amelework Fekadu, Ethiopia – 72:35 PB (half marathon), 2:32:39 (marathon)
Gezashing Gemeda, Ethiopia – 72:41 PB (half marathon), 2:43:35 (marathon)
South African line-up:
Benedict Moeng – 2:10:21 PB (marathon)
Xolisa Tyali – 61:58 PB (half marathon), 2:16 :03 (marathon)
Desmond Mokgobu – 2:15:17 PB (marathon)
Gladwin Mzazi – 61:12 PB (half marathon), 2:17:43 (marathon)
Lucas Jani PB – 63:45 PB (half marathon), 2:17:36 (marathon)
Lebogang Phalula – 72:15 PB (half marathon), marathon debut
Keneilwe Sesing – 34:48 PB (10 km), 2:43:38 (marathon) and aiming for 2:33
Zintle Xiniwe Nontle – 73:08 PB (half marathon), 2:39:19 (marathon)
This year’s line-up will also see a host of celebrities, including:
Blanche Moila, 42.2km (first black female runner to be awarded Springbok colours)
Andrea du Plessis, 42.2km (nutrition expert, Vital Health Foods – Cape Town Marathon development sponsor)
Josia Thugwane, 10km Peace Run (South African gold medallist in the marathon, 1996 Summer Olympics)
Caroline Wöstmann, 10km Peace Run (South African marathon and ultra-marathon athlete)
In addition, the following Rio Olympian athletes have confirmed their participation in the 10km Peace Run:
Stephen Mokoka (10 000m)
Sibusio Nzima (marathon)
Lebo Phalula (marathon)
Helalia Johannes, Namibia (marathon)
Alina Armas, Namibia (marathon)