CAPE TOWN – Get ready to rock and roll with Cape Town’s biggest street party next Sunday morning with the running of the Mother City’s greatest footrace.
Next week’s Sanlam Cape Town Marathon’s numbers are impressive, with participants, prize money, records and operational logistics growing in similar vein to the runners moving towards the finish line - in leaps and bounds.
However, while the race compares favourably in many respects with the world’s biggest and best city marathons, one aspect where the Cape Town Marathon has been in catch-up mode is that of spectator support. But that is set to change.
Cape Town is known for its strong support for sporting events, but has yet to replicate the spectator numbers of the Comrades Marathon in KwaZulu-Natal or the New York City Marathon, where an estimated three million lined the streets of last year’s race.
This year, however, with more than 26 000 local and international runners taking part in Africa’s “must-run” city marathon, Cape Town’s Sunday morning street party is anticipated to match the “gees” of the running participants. There is every incentive for Capetonians to forego their usual Sunday morning sleep-in and join the fun and games alongside the marathon route.