The organisers of the Cape Town Marathon – often called “the world’s most beautiful marathon” – have announced that a virtual race would be taking the place of the actual event, following concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Following trends of allowing runners to still virtually take part in races, the 2020 Cape Town Marathon and Half Marathon events will allow runners to take part wherever they are in the world.
Participants will be offered an immersive experience, thanks to an integrated digital platform, called the Virtual Marathon app. The app is currently under development and aims to bring the Mother City to wherever runners are taking part. Planned features include an alternative race experience, set to transport participants to Cape Town in an innovative way.
Says Cape Town Marathon Race Director, Renée Jordaan, “Imagine enjoying the full Cape Town Marathon race experience via the Virtual Marathon App – from the start line ceremony and the lighting of the Peace Torch, to running to the promenade sounds of seagulls and crashing ocean waves, cheering crowds and singing Cape Minstrels.”
The Marathon, Half Marathon and 10-kilometre and 5-kilometre Virtual Peace Runs will all take place on 18 October. Wherever they are located, runners can start between 06:00 and 10:00, and have six hours and thirty minutes to complete the Marathon event, and three hours and thirty minutes for the Half Marathon. Two-and-a-half hours and an hour-and-a-half are allowed for the completion of the 10 and 5-kilometre events respectively. All progress will be tracked via the Virtual Marathon app.
Sydney Mbhele, Chief Executive of Brand at Sanlam (the event’s headline sponsor) has emphasised the need for something to strive toward, taking into account the trying circumstances the world is currently experiencing.
“Our philosophy for the race in 2020 is ‘Run for Something’. Whether a runner is doing it to better their personal best, improve their sense of wellbeing during lockdown or to raise money for those in need, in a year of such turmoil we want to give participants a reason to run with meaning,” said Mbhele.
You can enter the Cape Town Marathon and Half Marathon events here.