All set for Cape Town marathon

Cape Times - - FRONT PAGE - Staff Writer

IT’S ALL sys­tems go for one of the world’s most cel­e­brated races on Sun­day, with more than 20 000 run­ners ex­pected to take to the streets in the San­lam Cape Town Marathon.

The Look­out venue at the V&A Water­front will host the San­lam Cape Town Marathon Expo, where run­ners and en­thu­si­asts can ex­pe­ri­ence the spirit of Cape Town at this unique ex­hi­bi­tion to­day and to­mor­row. It’s where reg­is­tra­tion will take place and there are a va­ri­ety of ap­parel shops and a mas­sage and strap­ping zone.A selfie com­pe­ti­tion with a cash prize of R5 000 will also be held.

The world-renowned race is open to elite ath­letes and so­cial run­ners on a wheel­chair-friendly route. There is a 6-hour 30-minute cut-off time, as well as at cer­tain lo­ca­tions. Roads and pub­lic trans­port ser­vices near the IAAF Gold La­bel marathon and the 10km routes are ex­pected to be con­gested and, in some in­stances, in­ac­ces­si­ble on the day. MyCiTi and Golden Ar­row bus routes will also be af­fected in cer­tain ar­eas.

Cer­tain roads within the At­lantic Seaboard, CBD, sub­urbs (in­clud­ing Wood­stock, Salt River, Ob­ser­va­tory, Mow­bray, Ron­de­bosch, New­lands and Clare­mont) and Paar­den Ei­land will be closed from 4am to 2pm.

The race starts at 7am on the cor­ner of Beach and Granger roads at the V&A Water­front and the fin­ish line is at the Green Point A track. The route moves into the CBD and passes land­marks that in­clude Groote Schuur Hos­pi­tal, UCT, the pres­i­dent’s Groote Schuur res­i­dence, the New­lands Cricket Ground and Ron­de­bosch Com­mon. The clos­ing stages take you along the World Cup 2010 Fan Walk to­wards Cape Town Sta­dium.

At the fin­ish line, thou­sands of spec­ta­tors and en­ter­tain­ers will en­sure a car­ni­val at­mos­phere.

IT’S party time in Cape Town!

While more than 20 000 run­ners will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the San­lam Cape Town Marathon events over the week­end, many thou­sands more will be lin­ing the streets with mu­si­cians and artists and giv­ing vo­cal sup­port.

Here are some of the best places to be on Sun­day morn­ing (ex­pected time of lead­ers in brack­ets).

5.8km cor­ner of Wale and Long streets: Pha­tizwelethu Marimba Band and Cape Town Car­ni­val Dancers (7.17am).

8.4km out­side City Hall, Dar­ling Street: Sam­bafrik Band and Edu­vate Choir (7.26am).

15.2km Na­tions Café/ Sho­far Church, Main Road, Ron­de­bosch (7.37am).

20km Ron­de­bosch Com­mon, Park Road (cor­ner Links Road): Mul­ti­ple Sclero­sis So­ci­ety and Tsiba Ed­u­ca­tion Trust (7.47am).

21.1km Ron­de­bosch Com­mon, Klip­fontein Road: Half Way San­lam Sup­port­ers Zone (7.50am).

28km Turn­around on Voortrekker Road near Salt River Sta­tion en­trance: Cape Times Min­strels (8.23am).

32.5km Nep­tune Street Paar­den Ei­land SABC Cheer­ing (8.35am).

37.5km Old Marine Drive/Civic Road near the civic cen­tre: city fire depart­ment (8.50am).

38.5km FW de Klerk Boule­vard park­ing area off DF Malan Street: Bat­tle of the Bands, Red Love Train, Edu­vate Choir (8.54am).

39.9km Bree Street/ Prest­wich Street: San­lam Gum­boot Dancers (8.58am).

41km Gal­lows Hill park­ing area: San­lam Mile Fan­walk (9am).

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