Welcome to the Cape Town Marathon

17 Oct 2021|South Africa










Cape Town Marathon 2021 with Africa Marathons - Official Travel Partner

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:

  • 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

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However, we are sad to announce that the Comrades Marathon 2021 has been cancelled.😔


Africa Marathons were so looking forward to taking a team of around 50 people🏃🏻‍♂️🏃‍♀️ over to South Africa🇿🇦 for Comrades 2021, so this news whilst expected is of course disappointing to all of our runners, the supporters and the team here at Africa Marathons HQ.🇬🇧


Our director Rob Morley said - 'We completely understand the decision made by the Comrades Board and support them entirely. It is such a disappointment that this iconic race has now been cancelled in 2020 & 2021, but we look forward to what should be an epic trip and truly unique atmosphere when our team goes to Durban next year. We will be in touch with all our runners in the coming weeks to discuss their race places and travel arrangements. We cannot wait for Team Africa Marathons to run The Ultimate Human Race in 2022!'

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Summary for you - Two Oceans 2021 has unfortunately been cancelled.😔It’s of course entirely the correct decision in the current climate, but such a shame. We now look forward to a truly epic trip over to Cape Town in 2022!🇿🇦


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Hello Instagram 👋 
So in the last year or so I’ve gained around 5k new followers and I thought it would be a great time to share a bit about myself to those who don’t know me.
I’m currently 31, a full time online running coach and am living in London, where I have been for the past 4 years, originally from South Africa. I’m married to @tarynbester16 👰. Our daughter Hailey Mae is 8 weeks old today 💕 and Billy is a year 🐈.
I would consider myself an ultra runner but am targeting all race distances up to the marathon over the next few years 🎯. Although @comrades will always have a special place in my heart and it’s a race I’m not done with just yet!
I initially got into running to impress the parents in law about 7 years ago. Let’s hope they’re impressed by now 😉. The bug has obviously caught and it’s my true passion in life. Always seeking to improve and help as many as I can on my journey forward as an athlete and coach.

I’ve met some incredible people along my journey and I wouldn’t change a thing! Our team is currently just over 50 and ever growing. I’m also in the process of registering a running club @best.athletics 👀 I’ll open up applications when things are moving forward again. Attracting runners with the ‘best’ vibes and who are always encouraging teammates 🔵⚪️.
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