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The Two Oceans Marathon

April 2, 2014

2 oceans logoThe Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon – the world’s most beautiful marathon – takes place annually in Cape Town on Easter Saturday, this year on 19 April. Now in its 45th year, the race has attracted some of the world’s top marathon runners and many past winners including last year’s winners, David Gatebe and Thabita Tsatsa, as well as past winners Marco Mambo (three-time winner), Stephen Muzhingi, George Ntshiliza, the Nurgalieva twins from Russia, Moses Njodzi, Mluleki Nobanda and Simon Mphulanyane.

Also participating is our good friend, Bob, who comes to stay with us here at Penny Lane Lodge each year to take part in the half marathon.  Well into his seventies, Bob never fails to finish in a reasonable time around the 2 hour mark!

These runners head up a quality field of 11 000 entrants for the 56km ultra marathon and 16 000 entrants for the 21km half marathon. More than 1 000 entries have also been received for the 10km and 22km trail runs.

The total prize money on offer is R1.5 million, with the first prize being R250 000. Old Mutual, the title sponsor, has added a further R1-million prize money to each of the winning male and female runners if they break the record for the 56km ultra marathon. The men’s record of 3:03.44 was set in 1988 by Thompson Magawana, while Frith van der Merwe set the women’s record in 1989 when she ran 3:30.36.

The 56km race starts at 6.30am in Main Road, Newlands. The first 28km are quite flat until the runners approach Chapman’s Peak (180m above sea level). From Hout Bay the route climbs again to its highest point at Constantia Nek (215m above sea level), and thereafter is undulating until the finish at the University of Cape Town’s Upper Campus on the slopes of Table Mountain.

2 oceans view

The half marathon (21 km) begins at 6am, with the start and finish at the same venues as the ultra marathon. The 10km and 22km trail runs, which take place on 18 April 2014 (Good Friday), start at the University of Cape Town at 7am and take runners along the lower slopes of Devil’s Peak and through the nearby forests.

Also on Good Friday is the Old Mutual Two Oceans International Friendship Run, starting at 9.30am at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre. International marathon entrants, their friends and families are invited to participate in this scenic 5km run/walk through Cape Town, past some of the city’s most famous landmarks, such as Cape Town Stadium, Sea Point Promenade and Green Point Park.

On Good Friday afternoon, there are a variety of fun runs of varying distances, including 8km, 5.6km and 2.1km runs, while for the little ones there is a 300m Toddlers’ Trot and a 56m Nappy Dash . These start and end at the University of Cape Town’s Upper Campus rugby fields. Online entries for the fun runs close on 31 March 2014, but those wishing to participate can still enter on the day. Entries for all other events are closed.

Race registration and number collection take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on the three days prior to race day. Also taking place at the CTICC from 16 to 18 April 2014 is the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Expo, with more than 100 exhibitors. The expo features top sporting brands, apparel, supplements, outdoor adventure sports and sporting tours. Annually it attracts more than 50 000 visitors over three days.


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One Comment
  1. charleybflint permalink

    Good luck with Two Oceans…its a fantastic race. Check out my new blog if you have time…I am soon to include some running related posts.

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