CAPE TOWN – With less than two weeks to go before runners, elite athletes and supporters descend on the Mother City for the annual Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, race organisers are aiming to help charities raise in excess of R2,5 million through over the 50+ charities involved in the marathon’s Run4Change Legacy Programme.
The race takes place on September 23.
Designed to spur positive and meaningful societal change both for local communities and for the country as a whole, the programme focuses on five key areas, one of which is charity. This funnels funds into areas that need a greater degree of awareness or grassroots assistance, with the main focus on children, community, education, environment, health, wildlife and women. The other four areas are personal health, environmental sustainability, community peace and athlete development.
“No longer is running just for fun, keeping fit or competition,” said Cape Town Marathon race ambassador Elana van Zyl-Meyer. “A growing number of runners the world over have realised that through their participation they can rally attention and funds to causes they are truly passionate about.”
This year’s event is the pinnacle of a weekend-long festival of running that includes two Peace Trail Runs (22km and 12km), a 5km Peace Run/ Walk and a 10km Peace Run.