We’ve officially reached the 80-day countdown to the 2022 Sanlam Cape Town Marathon.
The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is a prestigious city race, but it’s become globally recognised too. The 42.2km race is open to a broad-ranging spectrum of running enthusiasts, from elite athletes to social runners. Along the scenic route, you will experience multiple views of Table Mounatin, the Atlantic Ocean, historic landmarks, many famous attractions and the hustle and bustle of the Mother City.
The revised route finally gets the go-ahead after months-long consultation between the race organisers and the City to find the perfect balance between meeting the Abbott World Marathon Majors route requirements and minimising the traffic impact on the City and affected areas on Race Day. Under the steady guidance 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 world player.
In addition to 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 New York Marathon, Chicago Marathon, Boston Marathon, Berlin Marathon, Tokyo Marathon, and London Marathon as an Abbott World Marathon Majors event in 2025.
The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon race route will see the following adjustments:
- The start and finish will move to Helen Suzman Boulevard.
- Runners will immediately head towards the Southern Suburbs via the elevated freeway’s N1/N2 outbound lane, offering unparalleled views of the City, Table Mountain and harbour.
- Athletes will run through District Six for the first time.
- The revised start means that runners will only pass City Hall in the 2nd half of the race, at the 30km mark.
- The Buitengracht Street bridge will no longer feature.
- The number of route cut-offs will increase to ensure that roads can be reopened timeously and efficiently.
According to CEO Group of Faces, Clark Gardener, runners can rest assured that they will still get to enjoy all the beauty, views and vibe that has become synonymous with the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon. Gardener added that the route may have changed slightly, but athletes will still pass beloved iconic landmarks as they journey through the Mother City’s diverse communities.
“Madiba will still greet them from the City Hall balcony to give them the boost they need for the final 12km of their marathon, and they will still be energised by the fresh ocean air as they run along Beach Road before they head to the finish,” said Gardener. The dedicated Salam Cape Town Marathon team is pulling out all the stops to show the world how to run a marathon to the African beat.
Continued focus on sustainability
In a continuation of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon’s award-winning green event initiatives, the 2022 race will be sachet-free. Water, Coca-Cola and Powerade will be dispensed into 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 the route.
The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon’s Race Week will start with the opening of the event’s Expo and Registration at DHL Stadium in Green Point on 13 October. The 5 km and 10 km Peace Runs will both take place on Saturday, 15 October, joining the 22km Trail Run and 46km Trail Marathon for an action-packed day. Race Week will culminate with the marathon on Sunday, 16 October 2022.