Cape Town Festival of Running - Runners Participating

The Sea Point Promenade is gearing up for an exhilarating weekend as the 24th Annual Cape Town Festival of Running approaches. Hosted by the esteemed Hewat Athletics Club, this much-anticipated event is set to take place on Saturday, 13th July, and Sunday, 14th July 2024. The festival promises a dynamic range of races, bringing together running enthusiasts from all corners of the city and beyond.

Event Details and Schedule

Saturday, 13th July 2024

  • 50km Ultra Marathon: Kicking off at 07:00, this endurance challenge will test the limits of seasoned runners, providing a spectacular display of athleticism along the scenic Sea Point Promenade.
  • Team Relay 5 x 5km: Starting at midday (12:00), this relay race invites teams to showcase their speed and strategy, adding a vibrant, communal spirit to the festival.

Sunday, 14th July 2024

  • 21.1km Half Marathon: Beginning at 07:30, this race offers a slightly less daunting but equally thrilling experience, perfect for both serious competitors and enthusiastic amateurs.

Governing Rules

This race is conducted under the auspices of Western Province Athletics (WPA) and Athletics South Africa (ASA). All participants must adhere to the ASA and World Athletics rules governing this event.

Important Race Day Information

Race Number Collection:

  • 50km Participants:
    • Friday, 12th July 2024 from 15:30 to 20:00
    • Saturday, 13th July 2024 from 05:30 to 06:30
  • Team Relay (Team Captains):
    • Saturday, 13th July 2024 from 08:00 to 11:30
  • 21.1km Participants:
    • Friday, 12th July 2024 from 15:30 to 20:00
    • Saturday, 13th July 2024 from 10:00 to 17:00
    • Sunday, 14th July 2024 from 05:30 to 07:00

Participants are advised to adhere to the collection times to ensure a smooth start to their races. Additionally, pre-race briefings will be conducted to provide final instructions and ensure safety:

  • 50km Ultra Marathon: Briefing at 06:30 on Saturday
  • Team Relay: Briefing at 11:30 on Saturday

Facilities and Regulations

To enhance the race day experience, a Tog Bag facility will be available for participants, although items are left at the entrant’s own risk. Club gazebos are welcome, fostering a community atmosphere; however, please note that no gas or open fires are allowed, and the consumption of alcohol is strictly prohibited in accordance with City by-laws. These regulations will be enforced, and violations will be punishable under the City’s legal framework.

General refreshments will be on sale at the venue, ensuring that both runners and supporters stay energized and hydrated throughout the event.

Key Dates and Entry Information

  • Closing Date of Entries:
    • Online entries are limited to 2000 participants for the 21km and 500 for the 50km.
    • Pre-entries closing date: 28th June 2024 (without T-shirt order or until capacity is reached).
    • Pre-entries closing date: 20th June 2024 (with T-shirt order).
    • T-shirt orders after this date will only be available after the event.

Acknowledgement of Entry

Online entrants will receive immediate entry confirmation. EFT and other entrants will receive confirmation once forms and proof of payment are received. Participants must bring the printed online race acknowledgement or receipt and proof of identity to registration.

Age and Licensing Requirements

  • 21km: Participants must be 16 years or older. A temporary license fee of R75 is applicable.
  • 50km: Participants must be 20 years or older and be members of a registered club. International runners have a temporary license fee of R85.

Cut-Off Times

  • 21km: The cut-off will be 3 hours and 30 minutes, with the finish scheduled at 11:00.
  • 50km: The qualifying time for the Two Oceans Marathon is 6 hours and 30 minutes, with a total time limit of 10 hours. Participants must retire at 17:00.

General Race Rules

Participants must follow all instructions from traffic officers, race officials, and marshals. The use of personal music players and headphones is prohibited. Violators may be disqualified. The event will adhere to the “carry your own” protocol to minimize plastic waste, and littering is strictly prohibited.

Prize Money and Medals

All finishers within the cut-off times will receive medals. Prize money for the 21km and 50km events will be deposited into the winners’ bank accounts. Prize giving will take place at 11:00 on Sunday, 14th July 2024.

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Community Impact

The Cape Town Festival of Running is not just a sporting event; it is a celebration of community spirit and healthy living. The Sea Point Promenade, with its breathtaking ocean views and vibrant atmosphere, provides the perfect backdrop for this festival. The Sea Point, Fresnaye, and Bantry Bay Ratepayers & Residents Association (SFB) is proud to support this event, which aligns with our commitment to fostering a safe, clean, and enjoyable environment for all.

The festival offers a unique opportunity to showcase the beauty and vitality of our neighborhood, drawing visitors and participants who contribute to the local economy and community cohesion. We encourage all residents and visitors to come out, support the runners, and experience the energy and excitement of the Cape Town Festival of Running.

As we count down to the 24th Annual Cape Town Festival of Running, let’s come together to celebrate athletic achievement, community spirit, and the stunning natural beauty of the Sea Point Promenade. Whether you are a participant, a supporter, or a spectator, this event promises to be a highlight of the year, bringing joy and inspiration to all.

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