Welcome to the Cape Town Marathon

19 & 20 October 2024|South Africa










Sanlam Cape Town Marathon 2024 with Africa Marathons - Official Travel Partner

Please note:

  • Very important - We can unfortunately only cater for international runners. No entries are available for persons resident in South Africa
  • Our 2024 itinerary and prices will be available soon, keep an eye on socials for when we release this. In the meantime, email us now to reserve your spot on the Africa Marathons team

The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon has now joined the elite marathons of the world as it receives Abbott World Marathon Majors candidate status. Added to this, Cape Town has also been voted the event capital of the world in 2018, is home to abundant fauna and flora, one of the natural wonders of the world (Table Mountain), rich cultural diversity, significant historic buildings and sites and of course the most wonderful people of Cape Town - the Capetonians!

It is also home to this iconic marathon - the only IAAF GOLD label marathon on the African continent, and one of a select few climate-neutral marathons in the world with zero waste to landfill. The marathon is designed, not only to take in Cape Town's spectacular natural beauty but also to enable runners to traverse the City’s rich historical sites.

October is mid-springtime in Cape Town - the city is coming alive again after a cold wet winter; the flowers start sprinkling the sidewalks; and it is just the perfect time to do a race - cool mornings, beautiful sunny days and many supporters along the route! It is some of the best weather in Cape Town for a long-distance running event.

The inaugural Sanlam Cape Town Marathon was run by a small, competitive field in September 2007 and the event has grown steadily ever since, developing into a top city marathon that brings together world runners, from elite athletes to wheelchair racers, as well as first-time and social runners.

Cape Town Marathon 2024 is set to take place on 19 & 20 October and starts and finishes outside the iconic Cape Town Stadium. The race is a sightseeing tour of the natural beauty of Cape Town’s mountains and sea, as well as many of the city’s attractions and cultural areas. It unites all with a shared love of sport and fun showcasing the sights of the Mother City of Cape Town.

The 42.2km marathon starts at 06h40 and has a 6.5-hour cut-off time. Runners come together to enjoy a festival of running weekend that also includes a 10km PEACE RUN (Saturday), a 5km PEACE RUN (Saturday) and two adventurous Trail Runs (Saturday - 12km & 22km).

2024 Cape Town Marathon Weekend Race Schedule

Saturday 19 October 2024

  • 22km PEACE Trail Run
  • 10km PEACE Trail Run
  • 10km PEACE Road Run
  • 5km PEACE Road Run

Sunday 20 October 2024

  • 42.2km Sanlam Cape Town Marathon - 06h40 [Cut-off time: 6.5 hours]

Recent Marathon Achievements

  • The only Abbott World Marathon Majors candidate in Africa
  • The only IAAF GOLD label marathon on the African continent
  • Runners World South Africa - Event of the Year 2018
  • Sports Industry Awards, South Africa - Participation Event of the Year 2018
  • AIMS Green Award - 2017

Africa Marathons is an Official Travel Partner of the Cape Town Marathon and is proud to offer a fantastic package to take part in this epic city marathon. We arrange everything for athletes who join us for this epic marathon and offer a fantastic package.

To join the Africa Marathons Team please email - [email protected] or ring +44 1932 361807 (UK and the rest of the world) +1 844 390 1798 (USA - toll-free) +44 (0) 7791360170 (Rob).

  • The View into Cape Town City Centre
  • Unbelievable views at the Cape Town Marathon
  • Table Mountain as backdrop to the Cape Town Marathon
  • Crossing-the-Freedom-Bridge-at-the-Cape-Town-Marathon

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