Cape Town Marathon 2021  

Cape Town Marathon 2021  

The 2021 instalment of the annual Sanlam Cape Town Marathon has been confirmed by its organisers. Event planning has gone full steam ahead but with a major overhaul to ensure the safety of all of participants.


“Following extensive consultations and detailed review with the City of Cape Town, Athletics South Africa and National Government, we developed and presented an extensive COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Plan for the event, and received their full support to go ahead with our planning of a safe and enjoyable race on 17 October,” confirms Renee Jordaan, Sanlam Cape Town Marathon Race Director.


The Risk Mitigation Plan includes the following adjustments to the 2021  event format:

Changes to the Marathon

Marathon entries will be limited to 12,000 runners only.
The Start will move from Beach Road to Fritz Sonnenberg Road, with participants joining their start batches on the Cape Town Stadium Forecourt.
A staggered start will see runners setting off in seeded batched groups, allowing for ample social distancing, between 06h15 and 06h50.
Seeding will be based on past race results, not limited to the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon.
Runners’ finishing times will be calculated from mat-to-mat and not gun-to-mat.
The final cut off is still 6.5 hours and will be based on the last group of runners starting the race.

Compulsory COVID Antigen Testing

To reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission and infection, all runners and crew will undergo compulsory Covid-19 antigen testing in the 72 hours prior to the race. Testing will be compulsory regardless of vaccination status and is free of charge.  All runners will be tested at Cape Town Stadium before entering the Expo space where they will collect their race numbers. Antigen test results will be available within 15 minutes.

Trail Runs Going Ahead – 5km & 10km Peace Runs Go Virtual

“Due to COVID restrictions, we are sadly required to cancel the 5km and 10km Peace Runs, but the good news is that these events will take place in virtual format, and runners can run the Peace Runs along their favourite running routes, no matter where they are. The all-new 46km Cape Town Trail Marathon and 22km Trail Run will still go ahead on 16 October,” says Sanlam Cape Town Marathon General Manager, Barry van Blerk.

The 5km & 10km Virtual Peace Runs will be free of charge. Runners can enter online via to receive app download instructions.

All 5km and 10km Peace Run entrants will receive a refund, and an email with detailed instructions will be sent to all entrants who have been affected.

Says Sanlam Cape Town Marathon Chairman, Francois Pienaar: “After a trying 18 months, we are grateful for the support from our major stakeholders that allows us to work towards staging Africa’s only World Athletics Gold Label marathon and the ASA Marathon Champs. The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon attracts thousands of athletes from across SA, Africa and the globe, and has a significant economic impact on the city. Africa is our home. This is our Race. And we can’t wait to welcome all our runners to Cape Town in October.”

Runners still wanting to participate must hurry, as the entry limits mean that the marathon field is already at 50% capacity, and it is expected that the remaining entries will be snapped up fast.

The 22km Trail Run is sold out, with limited entries still available for the Trail Marathon.

Visit for more info and to submit entries.