13,500 entries were received for the half marathon and entries closed in record time. We made an additional 2,000 entries available the first week of January and these were snapped up in just under two days.
The restricted field of 11,500 was initially set in consultation with the City of Cape Town and was done in the interests of runner safety, both out on the route and at the finish. The race office has received the City’s support to increase the field, provided that certain measures are introduced for this year’s event.
These measures involve introducing a revised finish layout to ensure a better flow of runners through the finish area and an updated medical plan for both the finish and out on the route. This medical plan is in the planning process and will include mini hospitals at strategic points out on the route to allow for a quicker response time and negate slower ambulance response times due to congestion.
Ultra marathon entries currently stand around the 1,600 mark and in comparison to this time last year they have more than doubled. Closing date for ultra entries remains 16 March and runners are encouraged to enter online as soon as they have qualified.