Welcome to the Cape Town Marathon

18 Oct 2020|South Africa










Cape Town Marathon 2020 with Africa Marathons - Official Travel Partner

Please Note: The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon 2020 has been cancelled, but the Cape Town Marathon Virtual Race is still going ahead on Sunday 18 October 2020. Join Team Africa Marathons for this epic Virtual Event. Choose your distance - 5km, 10km, 21.1km or 42.2km.

Cape Town, 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:

  • Virtual Race - Sunday 18 October 2020
  • Sunday 17 October 2021
  • Sunday 16 October 2022

Cape Town Marathon Recent Achievements

  • 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.

Please click below for the full travel itinerary.

To join the Africa Marathons Team please email - [email protected] or ring +44 1932 361807 (UK) +1 844 390 1798 (USA) +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

Pre- or Post Marathon Bucket List Items

Race Stories from the Cape Town Marathon

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June 23, 2020
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May 26, 2020
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Throwback to my first Two Oceans Ultra Marathon ~ 2015🏅 
As far as ultras go, they don’t get much better than Two Oceans 😍. In fact it’s known to be the world most beautiful ultra marathon!
This 56km route takes you along an incredibly scenic route around Cape Town. My personal favourite part of the route is running up Champman’s Peak ⛰ a very hilly section with a huge drop off and a breathtaking ocean view to your side. These views always make climbing up that section a whole lot easier.

A Two Oceans silver medal is known to be one of the hardest to get within the road running and ultra running scene in South Africa. I managed to get a silver this run and that’s with my good running mate @kallie.burger.1 making us do 10 pushups before crossing the finish line 💪🏻😂. This was almost as tough as the 56kms run before that point. Remember it as if it was yesterday.

A race I’d love to do at some point in the future and I highly recommend @2oceansmarathon as an ultra marathon for runners to target 😍 doesn’t get much more beautiful than this!
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Another @africamarathons Team member testing out t Another @africamarathons Team member testing out the @ctmarathon Virtual Race App 💪🏻

Good luck 👍🏻🍀 with the training before the 18th of October @therunnerphysio 

Watch this space as we share - @therunnerphysio’s training and race day tips 🏃🏼🏃🏻‍♀️ 

#Repost @therunnerphysio
I had the privilege of testing out the @ctmarathon Virtual Race App on my run this morning and loved it!📱🏃🏼‍♀️
The 18th October is going to be a virtual race experience with a difference and I love that you can get the Cape Town vibe wherever you are running!✨
Who’s running the virtual @ctmarathon?!
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