Cape Town Marathon revised route given green light

IOL Sport reports that after months of negotiation, runners of the marathon in the Mother City have a new route to look forward to.

The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon’s revised marathon route has received the green light from the City of Cape Town.

The route approval, for the race on 16 October, is the culmination of months-long consultation between the race organisers and the city, to find the perfect balance between meeting the Abbott World Marathon Majors’ route requirements and minimising the traffic impact on the city and affected areas on race day.

“This is an important milestone and one of the major hurdles we had to cross,” said Clark Gardner, Group CEO of Faces. “It took significant time and planning to create a detailed route mitigation plan in conjunction with professional traffic engineers to ensure that our impact on public access and Cape Town’s traffic remains minimal. We are grateful for the city’s positive collaboration and support, and are fired up to continue with our race planning over the next 11 weeks.”

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New route

As a result of the adjustments, the start and finish will move to Helen Suzman Boulevard. Runners will immediately head towards the Southern Suburbs via the elevated freeway’s N1/N2 outbound lane, offering views of the city, Table Mountain and harbour.

Athletes will run through District Six for the first time. The revised start means that runners will only pass City Hall in the second half of the race, at the 30km mark. The Buitengracht Street bridge will no longer feature.

Race week

The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon’s Race Week will start with the opening of the event’s Expo and Registration at DHL Stadium in Green Point on 13 October.

The 5km and 10km ‘Peace Runs’ will both take place on Saturday, 15 October, joining the 22km Trail Run and 46km Trail Marathon. Race Week will culminate with the marathon on 16 October.

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