The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon race organisers are adding a virtual version of the iconic city marathon to its existing bouquet of events.
Organizers said the Virtual Marathon does not replace scheduled events on 18 October.
“With races being cancelled across the globe, many athletes are yearning for a definite and tangible goal to work towards,”
“We have decided to develop and launch an interactive and immersive Virtual Race which you can run – within the lockdown parameters of the location you find yourself in – on 18 October.”
The race will be available via the Sanlam Cape Town Virtual Marathon app, that will launch in the coming weeks.
Using the Sanlam Cape Town Virtual Marathon app athletes from all over the world will be able to compete in the the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon on 18 October, starting at 06:30 local time, wherever they are.
The application will offer an interactive and immersive race experience for athletes across the globe by superimposing the race route on top of streets, open spaces and gardens, complete with live tracking, distance markers, and push messages with information about key landmarks as they are passed.
“We are excited to introduce this digital offering. The app will track participants as if they are running the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon route – whether they find themselves in New York, Naples or Knysna – making this a virtual race like no other. I am certain that having a race on the horizon will give athletes a tangible goal to work towards, and the extra motivation needed to maintain their training within the parameters of the lockdown levels they may find themselves in,” said Sanlam Cape Town Marathon Chairman, Francois Pienaar.
The 5km and 10km Peace Runs will also be presented in Virtual Race format on 17 and 18 October respectively however, there will not be a Virtual Race option for the 2020 Trail Runs.
Entries for the Virtual Race have opened via Webtickets. Athletes who have already entered the 2020 race will be able to transfer to the Virtual Race from June. Entrants will receive an official race number, and all finishers will receive a digital medal and certificate.