JOHANNESBURG – As if the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon was not international enough, the organisers of Afica’s only IAAF Gold Label-status marathon are intent on going international having increased representation of non-South Africans this year.
The race takes place on Saturday, September 15 and the expectation is that there will be more than 82 countries represented in the 42.2km event. The race has had a seven percent foreign participation increase year on year and the plan is for an increase of at least 15 percent this year.
The foreign participants who grace the race are not just your run-of-the-mill plodders out to have a good time in the Mother City, although there is a good number of those.
Given its Gold Label status, the event is able to attract top class marathoners, and when it comes to road running, they do not come more top class than the Kenyans, do they?
Last year, race organisers managed to bring to the race no less than four Gold Label status Kenyan runners among the men’s elite and five others with sub 2hr 15min marathon bests. The two pacemakers were also Kenyan and did an incredible job of helping local star Stephen Mokoka to a record winning time of 2:08.31.