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Local and international athletes will be chasing record times on Sunday 18 September, with organisers unveiling a flatter, faster route at the 2016 Sanlam Cape Town Marathon

PBs up for grabs on faster Cape Town Marathon route

Local and international athletes will be chasing record times on Sunday 18 September, with organisers unveiling a flatter, faster route at the 2016 Sanlam Cape Town Marathon

The 42.2km race has made huge strides over the last two years, establishing its place as the only IAAF Silver Label marathon in Africa. The new course, starting on Beach Road, promises to add yet another dimension to the weekend running festival, assisting organisers in their aim to bridge the gap on globally-renowned races around the world by becoming Africa’s iconic city marathon. Race ambassador Elana Meyer believes the tweaks made to this year’s route will ensure that elite athletes can challenge for records, particularly with pace setters expected to push the field up front, while also offering recreational runners a chance to post a new personal best time at the sea-level race. The route changes form part of a broader plan by organisers to achieve Gold Label status. In addition to the traditional 42.2km marathon race, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon weekend will also include a 10km #PeaceRun, 12km and 22km Peace trail runs, a 4.2km Peace fun run and, and a world-class pre-race Expo. The final build-up to the weekend festival will centre around the Expo, to be held at The Lookout at the Waterfront, which incorporates race registration. The Expo will be open between 10am and 7pm on Friday 16 September and between 9am and 5pm on Saturday 17 September. You can enter online at www.sanlamcapetownmarathon.com

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