Last year’s winners, Britain’s Tish Jones and Ethiopia’s Asefa Mengstu Negewo, have confirmed that they will be back to compete in this world-class running event. Negewo broke the record for the fastest performance for a standard marathon on South African soil in last year’s race.
The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon says it aims to become one of the biggest fundraising sports events in South Africa, with 50 charities benefiting from the marathon this year. Elana van Zyl-Meyer, previous Olympic medallist and ambassador for the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, is part of the exciting “Challenge your Captain” initiative.
“We have a race for every fitness level and look forward to record-breaking participation this year,” says Janet Welham (Race Director). The races for the weekend festival include the 12-km and 22-km Sanlam Cape Town Peace Trail Runs, the Sanlam Cape Town 10km Peace Run and the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon (42.2-km). Over 9 000 entries for the marathon have already been received, so runners are encouraged to enter to avoid disappointment as the capacity target is set at 10 000.
“We really want to see all captains of their industries getting involved in the running festival, and also contributing to the various race charities,” says van Zyl-Meyer. “Captains” who have already accepted the challenge include former Springbok rugby captain John Smit, previous Proteas netball captain Zanele Mdodana, ex Bafana Bafana captain Lucas Radebe, and renowned footballer Mark Fish.