Cape Town Marathon to get underway

The Cape Town Marathon is aiming to be one of the top marathons in the world.

Flags of the nations taking part in the 2014 Cape Town Marathon. Picture: Alicia Pillay/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Organisers of the Cape Town Marathon say they want to make the event a 'must run' race.

The main marathon gets underway later today as the 42.2 kilometre route take runners around the city and its surrounds.

Around 12,000 people have entered for the four events which include a 10km pace run, a 4.2km fun run and a 10km peace run which took place on Saturday.

Race ambassador Elena Meyer says, "We want to build this event into one of those must run marathons in the world. So it's much more than just running a race, it's really is experiencing a city."

Meyer says runners are in for a treat on the route.

"It's a new route. We are really trying to profile Cape Town. We take the runners past many of the landmarks we have in Cape Town and it's not an event for only the top athletes."

The marathon starts at 7:30am today.