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Welcome to the Cape Town Marathon
17 Oct 2021|South Africa
Cape Town Marathon 2021 & 2022 with Africa Marathons - Official Travel Partner
Please note: Very important - We can unfortunately only cater for international entrants. No entries are available for persons resident in South Africa.
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 the Cape Town 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.
The Cape Town Marathon for 2020 has been cancelled but will take place on 17 October 2021 again 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 Cape Town 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 (Sunday), a 5KM PEACE RUN (Saturday) and two adventurous Trail Runs (Saturday - 12km & 22km).
Cape Town Marathon Weekend Race Schedule for 2021
Saturday 16th October 2021
- 22km PEACE Trail Run
- 10km PEACE Trail Run
- 5km PEACE Run
Sunday 17th October 2021
- 42.2km Sanlam Cape Town Marathon - 06h40 [Cut-off time: 6.5 hours]
- 10km PEACE Run - 07h30
Future race dates to diarise:
- Sunday 16 October 2022
Cape Town Marathon Recent 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 is this epic city marathon.
Pre- or Post Marathon Bucket List Items
View the Big Five (Kruger Region)
Relax in Camps Bay (Cape Town)
Hike the Drakensberg (KwaZulu-Natal)
Explore the Anglo-Boer Battlefields (KwaZulu-Natal)
Experience a Safari (KwaZulu-Natal)
Go Whale Watching (Hermanus)
Visit the Winelands (Franschhoek, Stellenbosch & Paarl)
Shop the Waterfront (Cape Town)
Visit Robben Island (Cape Town)
Hike Table Mountain (Cape Town)
Explore Boulders Beach (Cape Town)
Race Stories from the Cape Town Marathon
Four Countries, Six Marathons
The founders and directors of Africa Marathons have over 35 years of combined experience in the Africa travel industry. We promote and offer packages to running events in 4 African countries at present.
Get In Touch
Whether you are an experienced or novice runner, looking for a new challenge or simply thinking about visiting the continent for the first time, we would love to speak to you!
Our first aim is to get to know you, your running experience and aspirations, so we may best advise on which events would challenge you whilst giving you a high chance of success. So please get in touch. We look forward to speaking to you.
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T: +44 7791 360170 (Rob)
T: +44 7809 726266 (Clyde)