Cape Town proud hosts of the world’s most beautiful marathon
It’s all systems go as Cape Town prepares to host the 48th edition of the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon. Hosted in one of the most beautiful cities on earth, the event attracts in excess of 50 000 visitors and makes a considerable contribution to the local economy.
To ensure another spectacular marathon, the City of Cape Town has pulled out all the stops. Traffic services and emergency personnel will ensure that roads are cordoned off and that the route is safely secured, while residents have been encouraged to come out in their numbers to support the event.
Cape Town is a city of sporting enthusiasts. In 2013, the city was named South Africa’s Fittest City by Discovery Health. Three years earlier, in 2010, a study found that almost 90% of Capetonians felt that sport and recreation was important for communities.
Promoting active citizenry
The City’s is committed to providing quality programmes and recreation facilities that are accessible to all communities and that encourage a healthy and active lifestyle.
One of the strategies to ensure active citizenry included the establishment of Recreation Hubs in communities across the city. These hubs are our core facilities where various recreation programmes and activities take place throughout the day. To date, over 50 Recreation Hubs have been established across the city. Programmes at these centres are run by Sport and Recreation staff as well as various community partners and NGO’s.
To promote healthy living, the City has also partnered with a number of organisations, such as the JAG Foundation and WP Athletics, to provide running programmes in communities. A number of community walking clubs have also been established at various recreation centres to encourage communities to keep fit. The aim of these programmes is to connect various communities through recreation and sport and to encourage communities become physically active and ultimately participate in events such as the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon.
The importance of sport and recreational opportunities in building healthy, liveable, and inclusive communities cannot be underestimated. Research indicates that sustained involvement in sport and recreation programmes can help to combat challenges in communities such as alcohol and drug abuse, crime and vandalism. Keeping residents active and engaged in their free time and providing a safe space for people to socialise is critical for real community cohesion and development.