Revised Sanlam Cape Town Marathon route gets green light

We have officially reached the 80 day countdown to the 2022 Sanlam Cape Town Marathon.

The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is a prestigious urban race, but it has also become globally recognized. The 42.2 km race is open to a wide range of running enthusiasts, from elite athletes to social runners. Along the scenic route, you will experience multiple viewpoints of Table Mounatin, the Atlantic Ocean, historic sites, many famous attractions, and the bustle of the mother city.


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The revised route finally gets the go-ahead after months of consultation between race organizers and the city to strike the perfect balance between meeting Abbott World Marathon Majors route requirements and minimizing impact. of traffic in the city and affected areas on race day. Under the constant leadership of a passionate event team, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon has become known for its constant innovation, harnessing the latest trends and elevating the event to become a global player.

As well as being Africa’s only World Athletics Gold Label marathon, 2022 also marks the first of a three-year evaluation process as an Abbott World Marathon Majors candidate. If successful, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon will join the New York Marathon, Chicago Marathon, Boston Marathon, Berlin Marathon, Tokyo Marathon and London Marathon as an Abbott World Marathon event Majors in 2025.

The route of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon will see the following adjustments:

  • The start and finish will move to Helen Suzman Boulevard.
  • Riders will immediately head to the southern suburbs via the N1/N2 exit lane from the elevated freeway, offering sweeping views of the city, Table Mountain and the harbour.
  • Athletes will be crossing District Six for the first time.
  • The revised start means that runners will only pass the town hall in the 2nd half of the race, at the 30 km mark.
  • The Buitengracht Street Bridge will no longer exist.
  • The number of route cuts will increase to ensure that roads can be reopened quickly and efficiently.

According to Group of Faces CEO Clark Gardener, runners can rest assured that they will still be able to enjoy all the beauty, sights and ambiance that have become synonymous with the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon. Gardener added that the route may have changed slightly, but athletes will still pass beloved iconic sites on their journey through the diverse communities of the Mother City.

“Madiba will always welcome them from the balcony of City Hall to give them the boost they need for the last 12 kilometers of their marathon, and they will always be energized by the fresh ocean air as they ‘they run along Beach Road before heading towards the finish,’ the groundskeeper said. The dedicated Salam Cape Town Marathon team is working hard to show the world how to run a marathon at African pace.

Continuous focus on sustainability

Continuing the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon’s award-winning green event initiatives, the 2022 race will be bagless. Water, Coca-Cola and Powerade will be dispensed in cups – which will also be recycled separately – while athletes who prefer to run with hydration packs, bottles or cups will have refill facilities available along of the course.

Race week

The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon race week will kick off with the opening of the exhibition and event registration at the DHL Stadium in Green Point on October 13th. The 5km and 10km Peace Runs will take place on Saturday October 15, joining the 22km Trail Run and the 46km Trail Marathon for a packed day. Race Week will culminate with the marathon on Sunday, October 16, 2022.

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