General Event Info

A classic Cape Town event combining the mountain and city in a unique, tough and fun challenge.

First completed by CW Schneeberger in 1897, the challenge starts from the Old Town House in the centre of Cape Town and runners ascend Devil’s Peak, Table Mountain (to Maclear’s Beacon, via Platteklip Gorge) and Lion’s Head, returning to Greenmarket Square after each peak.

The Three Peaks Challenge is usually run on the first Saturday of November.

  • Limited to 180 people
  • Distance: ± 50 km
  • Start: 5.00 am outside the Old Town House in Greenmarket Square
  • Cut-off: Overall cut-off 14 hours (7.00 pm); cut-offs also apply to the first and second peaks
  • No qualification necessary, but there is an entry system*

Record: Kane Reilly: 04:42:43 (2019)


Proposed date: Saturday, 6 November 2021

* Those who wish to register their interest in being offered an opportunity to enter the 2021 event must submit their contact details online from 31 March 2021. (This will require being logged in to a valid Google account.) A new waiting list is being created from scratch in this way, and your details will not be carried over if you were on a waiting list in a previous year.

There are 36 people – listed in the 2020 results – who are guaranteed entries to the 2021 event. Other entries will be offered according to the order in which expressions of interest are received via the online form.