Cape Town, 12 September 2019 – A hand-held torch belonging to the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run, a global torch relay, today made an appearance at Surrey Primary School in Athlone and Ukhanyo Primary School in Masiphumelele. A symbol to highlight the role of peace and goodwill in community-building, the torch has been carried since 1987, visiting over 155 countries and covering more than 632 000 kilometres around the world.
“Central to our purpose is the need to foster real and meaningful change, especially in areas that either now or before have experienced some kind of conflict,” says Janet Welham, race director for the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon. “Especially now, in South Africa’s discourse, a symbol and discussion around peace and harmony couldn’t be better timed.”
As part of the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run torch relay, torch bearers share the message of peace, friendship and harmony by passing the burning torch from one hand to another. International teams of runners across borders – geographic, social, economic and political – take turns carrying the torch from one city and town to another, sharing its message. In Cape Town, yesterday the torch was carried to schools in Kommetjie and Ocean View, and was part of an elite-athlete photoshoot that took place at the V&A Waterfront’s Nobel Square.
In its third visit to the Mother City and the marathon, after making a similar appearance this time last year, the torch will be part of several other of the marathon events in this weekend’s festival of running. Tomorrow it will feature at the opening of the marathon’s registration and expo centre at the Century City Conference Centre. It will make another appearance at the start of the 22km and 12km PEACE Trail Runs on Saturday, and at the Captain’s Challenge breakfast event in Granger Bay. On Sunday it will appear at the start of 42.2km marathon alongside key dignitaries, burning bright while “My African Dream”, “Asimbonanga” by Johnny Clegg, and the national anthem are sung by Cape Town’s Heavenly Quartez.
The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, Africa’s only IAAF Gold Label-status city marathon, will this year host its strongest and most ambitious elite marathon runner field, with no fewer than 17 IAAF Gold Label elite athletes taking part. The 42.2km marathon follows two days of back-to-back running action, including 5km, 10km, 12km and 22km PEACE runs, a bumper registration and expo event at the Century City Conference Centre, a breakfast with South African sports veteran Francois Pienaar, and an afternoon high-tea function for women in sport and health.
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 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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