Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
24 Feb 2015
1:00 pm

Cape Town Marathon goes for gold

Wesley Botton

In only its second year after being relaunched, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon organisers have set their sights on securing top-flight Gold Label status from the International Association of Athletics Federations.

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The race was given a makeover last year and the Cape Town Marathon executive committee confirmed on Tuesday it had already received Silver Label Status from the global body, making it one of the top 52 road races in the world.

“We will now be aiming for Gold Label status and we want South African athletes to have the opportunity to go for Gold Label status as individuals,” said former 15km and half-marathon world record holder Elana Meyer, the race ambassador.

“We know it’s ambitious, but we want to aim high, and that’s our goal.”

Executive committee member Janet Welham said they were “four or five” points away from Gold Label status, and they would work on key areas this year to close the gap, including providing live results, closing all roads used on the day of the race, increasing mass participation, improving the quality of the elite field, promoting Cape Town’s history and heritage, and offering live television coverage in five countries.

“For us to achieve this goal will be phenomenal for the country, and for Africa, but we need all stakeholders and partners to play their part,” Welham said.

Organisers confirmed R2.1 million in prize money would be on offer for the five race distances during the weekend festival in September, of which R1.79 million would go to 42km runners.

Entries would open on Sunday, and the event would be capped at 20 500 runners in total, with 7 500 entries available for the 42km race, 10 000 for the 10km, and the remaining 3 000 for the two trail races (11km and 22km) and the 4.2km fun run.