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Two Oceans Marathon – Easter Weekend 7 & 8 April

March 30, 2012

It’s just over 7 days ago to the start of this world famous event…

The 43rd consecutive Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon attracts the cream of local and international athletes, offering a tough challenge against a backdrop of spectacular scenery.  It has earned a reputation as the world’s most beautiful marathon. The first race was held in 1970 and saw 26 runners line up to face the unknown challenge. Since then, the race has become a national institution and a firm favourite with local, upcountry, and international athletes.

The Two Oceans marathon regularly attracts some 20 000 participants who willingly take on 56 kilometres of open road and challenging mountain climbs. As the name indicates, the route passes both the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. It is therefore as stunning as it is challenging

Runners begin their journey in Newlands and head out towards Noordhoek. It’s then that the most spectacular portion of the marathon begins: Chapmans Peak. The route didn’t include Chapmans Peak for a few years because of the danger of regular rock falls that led to the closure of this mountain pass. However, R156 million and a few engineering and construction feats later, Chapmans Peak was reopened and was included in the marathon route once again – much to the delight of regular entrants.

The toughest part of the Two Oceans Marathon is undoubtedly the mountain climb known as the ‘Suikerbossie Pass’. After you’ve enjoyed the scenery of Chapmans Peak and you’ve passed through the relative flats of Hout Bay, every ounce of remaining energy will be used as you climb this monstrous hill. The screams of supporters will urge you on to the top where you’re greeted by the welcome sight of the Atlantic Ocean.

A record field of over 25,000, including more than 1,500 international runners, will line up next Saturday, The 56-kilometre ultra-marathon has attracted a field of just under 9,200, making it the fourth largest in the event’s history. The largest field was in 2004, when the race made a welcome return to Chapman’s Peak and attracted 9,769 runners. The half-marathon will see 16,000 runners tackle the new route over Edinburgh Drive, making it the biggest half-marathon in the country and on the African continent.

Runners and walkers not doing the 56-kilometre, 21-kilometre or trail run events can still be part of “the world’s most beautiful marathon” by taking part in the fun runs on Easter Friday, 6 April, at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) sports fields. Participants can choose from a 56-metres Nappy Dash (children 1 to 3 years), 300m Toddlers’ Trot (children 4 to 6 years), a 2.5km and a 5km fun run or walk, which start from 12:00 onwards.

We wish them all the very best of luck, but our eyes will be firmly fixed on our good friend Bob, a veteran runner in the 70 years plus category, who comes down to stay with us at Penny Lane Lodge every year to take part in the race.  For Bob it’s the being there which counts, although he does do pretty well in his category!!

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