Last year was a big one for the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon: not only did it earn the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Gold Label status, it also won the Athletics International Marathon and Distance Races (AIMS) Green Award. ASICS is the technical sponsor for the event.

Photo: 4otomo.

In 2017, the marathon’s organisers took deliberate steps towards minimising its impact on the environment and achieved zero waster to landfill status and it was also a certified climate-neutral event. Dedicated chuckzones and an onsite waste-sorting facility significantly contributed to a more than 25% waste reduction per runner. Close to three tons of recyclable waste (paper, glass, etc.) and 1.4 tons of non-recyclable solids (organic and general waste) were collected, with the non-recyclables sent to the New Horizon Energy Plant, which converts this into renewable energy sources such as biomethane and gas.


Organisers will be aiming for the Green Award again for this year’s event, and encourage participants to get involved in the Run4Change legacy programme by taking the pledge to #RunGreen, #Run4Peace and #Run4aCause.

The 42.2km marathon as well as a 10km Peace Run take place 23 September, while shorter Peace Runs and Walks take place on the 22nd.