Gold Label status for Cape Town Marathon

Updated: March 7, 2017

Joining an elite group of road races around the world, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon made history on Tuesday, with organisers revealing the annual event had received top-flight international status.
After receiving IAAF Silver Label recognition in 2015, following the race’s relaunch the year before, it was confirmed that the 42km contest would be a Gold Label event for the first time in 2017, becoming the first marathon in Africa to earn the status.
Reserved for only the best races around the globe, taking into account a number of aspects regarding race organisation and presentation, there were 46 Gold Label events on the IAAF calendar last year. Of these, 30 were standard marathons, including the six exclusive World Marathon Majors events.
“Gold Label status is the highest and most stringent standard awarded by the IAAF, the international governing body of running,” said Western Province Athletics general manager Sue Forge.
“We are exceptionally proud that this accolade has been bestowed on the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon.
“It solidifies and elevates this event’s status to one of the very best in the world, and is a true testament to the meticulous organisation and passion of the entire team, its partners and sponsors.”
The Cape Town Marathon weekend festival, which will also host a 10km road race and two trail runs, will be held on September 16 and 17 with organisers hoping to attract 25 000 participants.