22 August 2011 by Roy Barford

Cape Town Marathon 2011: An Olympic qualifier

The 2011 Cape Town Marathon takes place on Sunday, September 25 and will serve as an Olympic qualifying event. There are various excellent viewing points for spectators in and around the city centre.

The main event is a 42km marathon, starting from Adderley Street and finishing at Green Point Urban Park. The route will take runners to Ronderbosch in the southern suburbs and then back to the city centre via Salt River and Sea Point.

The route is comparatively very flat and fast times can thus be expected for the top contenders.

There is a 10km run starting at the same time, for those who prefer shorter runs or for those who’d like to walk at a leisurely speed. This route passes through Green Point Common and the V&A Waterfront before ending in Darling Street.

Camps Bay, which is generally Cape Town’s most vibrant area on Sundays, will probably be a popular choice for those wishing to replenish carbohydrates and socialize after the event.

If you’d like to take part in the Cape Town Marathon, download an entry form from the Western Province Athletics website.

To stay informed about the Cape Town Marathon, join the Facebook group and get updates on Twitter.

The above photo is courtesy of Cape Town Marathon organisers.

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