Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon is a 56 km ultra marathon held annually in Cape Town, South Africa on the Saturday of the Easter weekend. Self-proclaimed as “the world’s most beautiful marathon”, the race is run against a backdrop of spectacular scenery through the Cape Peninsula. Inaugurated in 1970, the competition has developed into the biggest and most popular road race in the nation, with 11, 000 runners taking part in this year’s ultra marathon.
Men: 6:30 am
Women: 6:30 am
The entry fees is R900 for overseas entrants who own timing chip and R1020 for runners who do not own a chip. To participate in Two Oceans Marathon you can register in the official website.
Course / Route Map
The race starts in Newlands, and follows a more or less circular route through Muizenberg, Fish Hoek, over Chapman’s Peak and Constantia Nek, and eventually finishes at the University of Cape Town campus. Runners will veer off left onto Noordhoek Road (Chapman’s Peak Drive) at the foot of Ou Kaapse Weg after passing through Sun Valley, and then head through Noordhoek and Hout Bay to Constantia Nek. The route is actually quite flat for the first 28 kilometers, and then starts to climb quickly as one approaches the start of Chapman’s Peak. From Hout Bay, the route climbs again to the highest point at Constantia Nek. Thereafter the route is undulating until the finish at UCT.
Race Profile / Elevation Map
The Ultra Marathon Route is actually quite flat for the first 28 kilometers, and then starts to climb quickly as one approaches the start of Chapman’s Peak. From Hout Bay, the route climbs again to the highest point at Constantia Nek. Thereafter the route is undulating until the finish at UCT.
Time Limits & Cutoffs
The Cut-off is at 13:30 (7 hours).
Men: Thompson Magawana 3:03:44 (1988)
Women: Frith van der Merwe 3:30:36 (1989)
Prize Money & Awards
- 1st M/F – R 250 000
- 2nd M/F – R 125 000
- 3rd M/F – R 65 000
T-Shirts, Medals, Certificates
At registration runners will receive their race packs including race number(s), registration bags and T-shirts if ordered.
Water Stops & Refreshments
- 33 well equipped refreshment stations along the route will ensure that every runners needs are adequately catered for.
- A special station will be located at the start and the first station is at 3 km where only water and Coke will be available.
- The subsequent refreshment stations are approximately 2 km apart to the halfway mark and 1km thereafter.
Expected Race Day Weather
The temperature typically varies from 13°C to 22°C and is rarely below 10°C or above 26°C.