Sanlam Cape Town Marathon announces winners to run in Paris Marathon

MARCH 31, 2016

Panda Qamata is the lucky winner of an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2016 Paris Marathon sponsored by Sanlam and Asics. His wife Abongile will be joining him. They’ve both been avid runners since 2008 and are thrilled to be able to compete in a Gold Label-status marathon in Europe together, which coincides with their 10 year wedding anniversary.

The 2016 Paris Marathon is one of the most popular marathons in Europe with its beautiful scenic route through the City of Lights, and takes place on 3 April. The prize includes flights, accommodation in Paris and race entry. Asics will also be sponsoring an Asics experience at the Expo and on race day, as well as running gear and shoes for both winners.

Panda and Abongile, who are from the Adventist Athletics Club in Cape Town, were running along Camps Bay Promenade in 2013 when they met Francois Pienaar, an ambassador for the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon. “Francois was so sincere and motivating when convincing us to enter the marathon that we knew we had to do it,” recalls Panda, who has since completed two Sanlam Cape Town Marathons as well as a two Comrades and a three Oceans Ultra.

Abongile is looking forward to the opportunity to compete with international athletes in Europe, and to adjust to the different altitude and climate. “We’re so excited to be able to run together in a romantic city like Paris and to share this memorable experience as a couple,” she says.

For Panda, it’s also about running for South Africa. “My wife and I will do our best to make our country proud. It’s truly a great honour,” he says.

The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon wishes them both a safe journey and a great race.

Image: Lucky winner, Panda Qamata, along with his wife win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to participate in popular European run.