The Sanlam Cape Town Virtual Marathon is under way.

Participants are running with the Sanlam Cape Town Virtual Marathon app, which tracks their progress and final results on the global leader board.

There four types of races consist of the 42.2 km marathon, 21.1 km half a marathon, 10km peace run, and 5km peace run.

The virtual marathon is being broadcasted on SABC 2, making it a first that a virtual marathon is broadcast live on TV.

“Camera crews will follow the Elite Invitational race on the three respective routes, while the broadcast itself will also include a host of human interest stories and virtual race updates from across the globe,” says Sanlam Cape Town Marathon Race Director, Renee Jordaan.

“We have been working closely with the SABC team, and look forward to a live broadcast production as unique as the virtual event itself.”