Dr Anver Goga
The Cape Town Marathon is normally held on the Sunday closest to Heritage day in September and this year Heritage day falling on Monday was ideal to recover.
The Cape Town Marathon in its current format only started in 2007. Sanlam became the major sponsors in 2014 and a partnership was formed with the City of Cape Town, Western Province Athletics and ASEM Running (Elana Meyer + Francois Pienaar).
The event incorporates a 10km run together with a trail run (12km + 22km). The marathon was accredited with IAAF Silver status in 2014, 2015, 2016 and Gold status in 2017 (first African marathon to achieve IAAF Gold Status). Only 28 marathons worldwide have this status and this year the Cape Town Marathon is aiming to achieve PLATINUM STATUS – This is the ultimate marathon status and by all accounts it certainly deserves this accolade. Only 8 marathons worldwide have this status.
Having run many marathons locally and worldwide, the Cape Town Marathon is hard to fault at any level. Its registration and expo held at Century City had ample parking, no waiting, fine food and a lovely atmosphere. Top quality T shirt provided by ASICS, one of the many sponsors.
The race starts and ends on the Waterfront, again with ample parking, accommodation and security. The course is easy and very picturesque with outstanding tables, crowd support and marshalling. It is initially run next to the ocean for the first 6km and gradually gently ascends to the Newlands and Rondebosch suburbs via the city. Return is a gentle fast descent to the Waterfront. For a PB, atmosphere, organization this is a highly recommended marathon to do.