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Cape Town Marathon

Sunday October 17th, 2021
Cape Town, ZA
Distance: Marathon · 10K · 22k

The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is a City Marathon held in Cape Town, South Africa, which is sponsored by Sanlam, the City of Cape Town and Vital Health Foods. The marathon is held on a fast and flat course, starting and finishing in Green Point, near the Cape Town Stadium.

Prior to existing in its current format, the Cape Town Marathon was organised by Celtic Harriers running club. It started and finished in Pinelands, and was introduced in 1994.

This was then followed by a separately organised marathon, which was also held in Cape Town in 2005 and 2006.

The first Cape Town Marathon (in its current format) was run in September 2007. From 2007 to 2009 the race was organized by Western Province Athletics, under a corporate sponsorship agreement with the national federation, Athletics South Africa.

From 2014 its name changed to the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, and it is being run under a joint partnership between Western Province Athletics, The City of Cape Town and Asem Running. Brand Ambassadors include Francois Pienaar and Elana Meyer.

In 2014 and 2015 it was accredited with IAAF Silver Label status., in 2017 it was the first African Marathon to achieve IAAF Gold Label Status, it is also accredited as a Climate Neutral event.

In 1996, the Cape Town Marathon was won by Josia Thugwane, who went on to win the men's Olympic Marathon at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.

The 2013 men's winner Lindikhaya Mthangayi (2:17:02) was stripped of his title in 2014 due to a failed doping test for the steroid methandienone The original runner-up Paul Manawa was elevated to first place as a result.

The Mens course record was set in 2016 at 2:08:41 by Asefa Negewo (ETH) and by Isabella Ochinchi (Kenya) in 2015 with a time of 2:30:20.

The cash prize is 2,036,800 ZAR.

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Race Date: 10/18/2020 Distance: Marathon
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 2:09:25 Edwin Kibet KOECH 36 Kenya
2nd Male 2:09:29 Mohamed ZIANI 26 Morocco
3rd Male 2:10:31 Elroy GALANT 33 South Africa
4th Male 2:11:04 Khoarahlane Joseph SEUTLOALI 36 Lesotho
Female 2:26:44 Celestine CHEPCHIRCHIR 24 Kenya
2nd Female 2:27:40 Nurit Shimels YIMAM 27 Ethiopia
3rd Female 2:28:32 Gete Mindaye TILAHUN 25 Ethiopia
4th Female 2:29:50 Urge Diro SOBOKA 25 Ethiopia
Division Time Name Age Home
M 40-49 2:17:59 Rabson CHIGARA 43 ZIMB
M 50-59 2:31:37 Lindili TEKOTA 51 South Africa
M 60-69 3:01:07 Samuel MUNYAI 62 South Africa
M 70+ 3:41:17 Lochi LOCHNER 71 South Africa
F 40-49 2:54:32 Charne BOSMAN 44 South Africa
F 50-59 3:06:35 Lindsay VAN ASWAGEN 52 South Africa
F 60-69 3:27:57 Annatjie BOTES 61 South Africa
F 70+ 5:01:53 Marlene JAMES 71 South Africa
Cape Town Marathon


  • Max slope: +7.9%; -7.8%
  • Highest point is 46m above sea level (Orange Street)
  • Lowest point is 2m above sea level (Liesbeek Parkway – next to river.

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