Cape Town, 20 September 2015 – William Kaptein and Lebo Dinah Phalula outclassed a quality field to win the men’s and women’s titles in the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon Peace 10km run/walk this morning.
While the endurance stars were battling it out for the 42km title, the speedsters showed their class in a highly competitive race over the shorter distance.
Kaptein charged to victory in 28: 34, with Elroy Gelant taking second place in 34: 10 and Abed Nico Mashaba finishing third in 34: 20.
In the women’s division, in-form Phalula earned a well-deserved win in 34: 12, crossing the line 16 seconds ahead of Mapaseka Makhanya.
The peace event is one of multiple options available to participants during the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon weekend festival.
Yegs Ramiah, Chief Executive: Sanlam Brand Cape Town said that every year thousands of people around the world participate in Peace runs to observe the United Nation’s International Day of Peace.
“As headline sponsors of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, we believe in the power of sport to promote peace and encourage social cohesion. We are proud to host and be part of a day that is dedicated to strengthening the ideals of peace and encouraging people from all walks of life to cease conflict and work together to a build a more peaceful world.”
“The 10km distance is ideal for younger athletes who are still building towards the marathon, and it is perfect for amateur runners who are not yet ready to tackle the classic distance, so it plays an important role as part of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon,” said race ambassador Elana Meyer.
“With road running experiencing another boom in South Africa, we expect the 10km distance to continue to grow in popularity in the years to come.”