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Africa’s GOLD, as Africa’s only IAAF Gold Label status marathon, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon

Cape Town, 6 February 2019 – Entries opened last Friday to Africa’s only IAAF Gold Label status marathon, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon.

The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon has made incredible progress since its relaunch in 2014. In 2018 it was again awarded Gold Label status by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Later that year it obtained the coveted Sports Industry 2018 Mass Participation Event of the Year award, and was voted ‘Event of the Year’ by Runners World. In 2018 it was also named as an official qualifier for the inaugural Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group World Rankings.

“We’re excited to kick off the opening of entries of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon 2019 event” says Janet Welham, Race Director.  “We encourage runners of all ages, male and female, to run and celebrate the magnificence of the City of Cape Town.  The 42.2km route highlights iconic landmarks and boasts spectacular views while bringing you the gees of Cape Town”.

Welham continued, “In 2018 the event attracted more than 23 000 runners from over 80 countries. For runners this is more than a race, it is a chance to make a difference, a chance to make your run more meaningful.  We are encouraging runners to take up the challenge and run for a charity of their choice.”

Race ambassador Elana van Zyl-Meyer says, “We strive to deliver an internationally recognized world class event while at the same time protecting our environment, creating an amazing experience for the runners, and having a positive impact on the community and the City of Cape Town”.

Van Zyl-Meyer went on to say, “To date the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon has enjoyed the attention of both local and international elite athletes with Stephen Mokoka, South Africa’s top marathon runner, taking the top honors in a record time of 2:08:31 in 2018. The Gold Label status is a drawcard for elite athletes from around the world, maintaining gold is of vital importance in keeping The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon as the ‘must run’ event in Africa, and we are proud to be a qualifying event for the inaugural #AbbottWMMRankings.”

Tim Hadzima, Executive Director of Abbott World Marathon Majors says, “We are very excited about the response to the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Rankings from marathons around the world. More than 125,000 runners aged 40+ participate in AbbottWMM races each year and this new system will allow even more runners to become a part of the AbbottWMM family. Our system gives runners a chance to run all over the world and all across the calendar on a truly global stage. We want to give them a chance to gain recognition like never before.”

The weekend-long running festival begins on Saturday 14th September 2019 with two Peace Trail Runs (22km and 12km) and a 5km PEACE Run. This is followed by a 10km Peace Run and the classic 42.2km City Marathon which both take place on Sunday 15th September 2019.

Africa is my home, this is my race. It’s Cape Town, must run it!

TO ENTER go to

#Run4Change – #RunGreen; #Run4Peace;
#ChallengeYourself; #ChallengeYourFriend; #CaptainsChallenge

#Geesofcapetown #ctmarathon2019

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Africa’s GOLD, as Africa’s only IAAF Gold Label status marathon, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is an exhilarating festival of running that brings together runners, elite athletes, social joggers and surrounding communities to enjoy a spring weekend of running through Africa’s spectacularly beautiful Mother City.

The classic Olympian 42.2km marathon takes centre stage on the Sunday, which follows a 10km Peace Run in the morning, and two Peace Trail Runs (12km and 22km) and a 5km Peace Run/ Walk on the Saturday.

As Africa’s “must run” iconic city marathon, it aims to facilitate and leverage change at a national level through its Run4Change Legacy Programme, comprising five pillars:

  • To focus on HEALTH and WELLNESS
  • To become one of the biggest FUNDRAISING sporting events in South Africa
  • To promote PEACE and SPORT
  • To be a SUSTAINABLE event
  • To DEVELOP and EMPOWER South African Athletes

Managed by a joint partnership through Western Province Athletics (WPA), ASEM Running and the City of Cape Town, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, to be held in September, is endorsed by Elana Van Zyl-Meyer and Francois Pienaar.

It offers a competitive yet beautiful route, providing runners with a unique experience that highlights the city’s natural splendor and top cultural attractions. The field is inclusive of the world’s elite athletes, club and non-club runners, casual joggers, social runners and walkers. Athletes and spectators can enjoy Cape Town’s unique festive atmosphere at safe, fun supporter zones along the route, and at the finish in Green Point.

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 Sanlam is a pan-African financial services group listed on the Johannesburg, Namibian and A2X stock exchanges. Through its five business clusters – Sanlam Personal Finance, Sanlam Pan Africa, Sanlam Investments, Sanlam Corporate and Santam – the Group provides comprehensive and bespoke financial solutions to institutional clients and consumers across all market segments. Sanlam’s areas of expertise include insurance (life and general), financial planning, retirement, investments and wealth. Established in 1918 as a life insurance company, Sanlam has become the largest non-banking financial services group in Africa, through its diversification strategy. Headquartered in South Africa, Sanlam has a direct stake in financial services entities in Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Mauritius, Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, and Nigeria. It also owns SAHAM Finances Group, thereby having a footprint of insurance operations in Morocco, Angola, Algeria, Tunisia, Ghana, Niger, Mali, Senegal, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Cote D’Ivoire, Togo, Benin, Cameroon, Gabon, Republic of the Congo, Madagascar, Burundi, and Lesotho, making it the largest non-banking financial services group in Africa. Sanlam also has exposure to insurance businesses in India, Malaysia and the United Kingdom and has business interests in the USA, Australia, the Philippines, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. For further information, visit or follow us @sanlam.

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