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First-ever hybrid virtual Cape Town Marathon

The City of Cape Town is proud to partner with the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon for the event’s first-ever hybrid virtual marathon.

Africa’s only IAAF Gold-label status marathon usually attracts 20 000 athletes from over 60 countries annually.

However, in light of the outbreak of the global Covid-19 pandemic and preventative restrictions, event organisers have found an innovative way of continuing with the race.

While a few invited elite runners will be taking on the marathon in four cities in South Africa, this year’s race will also use a virtual app to link thousands of runners who will be taking on the marathon from across the world.

The elite race will be broadcast live on SABC on Sunday 18 October 2020.

“As the City of Cape Town, having partnered with the race event for many years,” it said in a statement, “we would like to commend the marathon organisers for thinking outside the box and using technology as a solution to overcome this hurdle. This type of proactive thinking is exactly what is required when we are faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges.”

While those running the race from other parts of the world won’t have the breathtaking views of Table Mountain, the historic City Hall or take in the refreshing breeze of the Atlantic Ocean, they will hear about 30 Cape Town landmarks through the app.

Double Olympic medallist Mo Farah, race ambassador, will also take on the marathon from his London home.

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