The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon has been re-envisaged; revitalised and has launched a festival of running that includes an iconic city marathon, a 10km peace run, a corporate and schools relay, a fun run and two trail runs – the 22km & 11km Sanlam Cape Town Peace Trails.
Both trail runs will take place on 20 September 2014 and start and finish at the Green Point A1 Track next to the iconic Cape Town Stadium. Both routes take on the magnificent tracks and trails of nearby Signal Hill, Lion’s Head and Camp’s Bay, offering local and international runners stunning views of Cape Town, Table Mountain, Robben Island and the Atlantic Seaboard.
The total prize purse for the two trail runs amounts to just over R70,000. With R10,000 up for grabs for the winners of the 22km route, competition at the front of the field is expected to be fierce. Already in the starting line-up is current South African Long Distance Trail Champion Lucky Mia, as well as speedster Michael Bailey and Zimbabwean-born trail legend Bernard Rukadza.
Managed by one of South Africa’s leading trail running events specialists, Wildrunner, all participants can expect well-marked routes and a fun day out on the trails – whether racing or not. “We are thrilled to be managing the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon Peace Trail Runs and being part of the team putting the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon and South Africa firmly on the international running stage,” says Owen Middleton, Managing Director of Wildrunner. “Without a doubt the prize money is going to draw the top names in trail running in South Africa and beyond and we look forward to an exciting race.”
Leading the drive to get the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon on the list of internationally accredited and recognised events is South African running legend and Olympic medallist, Elana Meyer and former Springbok captain, Francois Pienaar.
For more information and to enter online, go to the official event website www.capetownmarathon.com
. Trail run entries are limited to 400 runners per route and will close on 05 September 2014 or when the race fills up.
Of the available entries, 50 on every route will be reserved as charity entries at a higher fee, with funds going to the World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) Run for Nature initiative. For more information read this blog
About the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon
The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon event is managed by a joint partnership between Western Province Athletics (WPA), ASEM Running and the City of Cape Town. Endorsed by Elana Meyer and Francois Pienaar, it will be held on Saturday and Sunday, 20 –21 September 2014. The classic 42.2km Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is the centerpiece of a festival of running through Africa’s Mother City that includes a 10km Peace Run, a 4.2km Peace Fun Run, two Peace Trail Runs, a Peace Relay and a Peace Mile.
The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon delivers a sustainable and charitable event that brings runners and supporters together to experience the exceptional spirit of Africa’s world-class City Marathon.
Wildrunner is South Africa’s premier trail running events company, having started the short course trail running events market in 2008 and since then successfully activated and managed over 140 trail running events across six provinces in South Africa. Today, Wildrunner has in excess of 20 000 trail runners participating in their events annually, including the Spur Trail Series™, Mountain Challenge Series and the Wildrun™.
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