The Cape Town Marathon is an annual prestigious city race that takes runners along a spectacular 42.2km route of the Mother City. Open to a range of runners, from elite athletes to recreational runners, the marathon traverses the peninsula, taking in the sights of Cape Town’s picturesque views.

The route is wheelchair-friendly, and has a 6 hour 30 minute cut-off time. The event is a fun-filled experience, that allows participants to explore on of South Africa’s most beautiful and popular destinations.

This morning,Β Kenya’s Edwin Koech won men’s marathon, with a time of 2:09.20. In near perfect conditions for the fifth successive year, Koech was too strong for a stellar field that included Daniel Muteti, Mohamed Ziani and South Africa’s Elroy Galant, breaking away in the final kilometre. Koech defeated Muteti who was the official pace maker by 5 seconds.

Edwin Koech. Image: Supplied

Celestine Chepchirchir won the women’s marathon, smashing the course record of Helalia Johannes, clocking 2:26.44. That is just under 3 minutes faster than the record set in 2018 (2:29.28).

Celestine Chepchirchir. Image: Supplied

Over 13 500 runners toed the start line at the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, showing once again why the race deserves to be Africa’s only IAAF Gold Label Status marathon.

Take a look at the festivities from this year’s Cape Town Marathon that kicked off this morning

 

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And they’re off! Good luck to all our incredible runners πŸ•ŠπŸ’™πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡¦

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The marathon is going past Sea Point, let’s keep up the #sctmgees along the route πŸ‘‹πŸ’™πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡¦

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Some spectators showed their support in the best way possible

 

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We have the GEES queen herself. @CTMarathon @sanlam #ctmarathon2019 #sctmclubgees #sctmgees

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And the front runners are thru our station. @CTMarathon @sanlam #ctmarathon2019 #sctmclubgees #sctmgees

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This marathon marshall was super supportive of the athletes

 

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We have the best marshalls, hands down, what an amazing atmosphere! πŸ’™πŸ‘ #sctmgees #ctmarathon2019

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Here are the winners crossing the finish line

 

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WINNER: Edwin Kibet Koech has won the mens marathon in an unofficial time of 2:09:20 πŸ‘πŸ”₯πŸ’™ #ctmarathon2019

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WINNER: Celestine Chepchirchir has won the females full marathon in an unofficial time of 2:26:45 πŸ”₯πŸ‘πŸ’™

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Article written by

Imogen Searra