Cape Town, 12 September 2019 – About 26 000 runners will descend on Cape Town this weekend, to run Africa’s only IAAF Gold Label-status city marathon. This year’s event, billed as the most ambitious as far as the elite-athlete contingent is concerned, will offer a larger, more exciting registration at the world-class Century City Conference Centre.
The pinnacle of a weekend-long festival of running, the 42.2km marathon will take place on Sunday 15 September, starting at 06h40 in Granger Bay. This coincides with a 10km PEACE Run, and follows other shorter running events on Saturday – 22km and 12km PEACE Trail Runs and a 5km PEACE Run.
The expo will open tomorrow (Friday) at 09h00 and close at 19h00. On Saturday it will open at 09h00 and close at 17h00. All runners are required to register at the expo, where goodie bags will be handed out. Organisers are encouraging runners to register as early as possible.
Alongside the registration hall is a jam-packed exhibition featuring top-notch sports, tourism and leisure brands offering a variety of special offers, promotions and select merchandise to buy. Outside, facing the expo hall, is Century City’s Natural Goods Market, where there are food and refreshment stalls, crafts and gifts, live music and loads of kids’ activities. The venue is surrounded by restaurants and within walking distance of Canal Walk Shopping Centre.
UBER zones have been provided right next to the Century City Conference Centre.
Paid parking is available Canal Walk Shopping Centre, a short walk from the Century City Conference Centre, further parking is available at P1 (near the entrance to the Conference Centre), P2 (behind the Conference Centre) and P3 (next to Virgin Active). Additional parking is available at Century Way Parking (near the entrance to Century City in Century Way Street).
The MyCiTi bus service provides a link from the Century City railway station to a number of conveniently located stops along the Century Boulevard ring road, and from there, a route via the West Coast line to the CBD. Transport between the CBD and Cape Town International Airport is also provided by the bus service.
For trains, the Century City stop is on the Cape Town–Bellville line via Monte Vista.
The Golden Arrow Bus Service operates direct routes to Century City from the Cape Town CBD, Khayelitsha, Nyanga, Killarney, Elsies River, Hanover Park and Atlantis.
Formal minibus taxi services to Century City operate from Koeberg, Goodwood, Maitland, Belville, Mitchells Plain, Elsies River, Khayelitsha, Nyanga, Langa, Gugulethu and other areas on the Cape Flats.
Metered taxis are permitted on the Century City road network.
For directions to the Century City Conference Centre, visit the marathon’s website at https://www.capetownmarathon.com/information/finish-area/expo/
For more information regarding the marathon’s weekend festival of running, visit www.capetownmarathon.com
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ABOUT THE SANLAM CAPE TOWN MARATHON
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:
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 splendour 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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ABOUT SANLAM GROUP
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 www.sanlam.com or follow us @sanlam.