All set for Cape Town marathon
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).