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The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon 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.
This year’s route will be the same as the one used since 2004. From the start in Newlands, Outside SA Breweries, along the Main Road to Fish Hoek, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay, Constantia Nek, Rhodes Drive, and Union Avenue to the finish at UCT, Rugby fields. A sign will mark every kilometer of the route. The course is 56 km.
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.
- Start point : Main Road in Newlands.
- Quarter way mark (14 km): In Lakeside, just past the Sandvlei turnoff.
- Halfway mark (28 km): On Noordhoek Road before Chapman’s Peak
- Marathon mark (42.2 km): Near the cemetery on Constantia Nek.
Chapman’s Peak Drive re-opened in December 2003, nearly 4 years after the scenic road was closed because of dangerous rock falls. The new road includes a number of additional safety features, such as 1560 metres of high energy catch fences and two curved canopy structures totalling 81 metres in length. The construction costs were in excess of R157 million. The re-opening of this classic scenic road was welcomed by thousands of Two Oceans ultra marathon runners.
Participants consistently vote Two Oceans Marathon as one of the best in South Africa and it continues to attract strong fields and an increasing number of international entrants. The event has become synonymous with the Easter Weekend in Cape Town, with the pre-race activities at the expo, family day, and fun runs on Easter Friday. En-route entertainment on the race day provides fun, excitement, and a unique experience to runners, family, friends, and spectators alike.
The Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town, organized by Travelling Fit, was an absolute winner and in a great location, close to the start and not too far from the finish. It was clean friendly and safe. I can recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to stay in Cape Town either for the Two Oceans or just for a holiday. The race was great especially as I was able to run the first 28km with my son.
I would like to thank you for helping me organise my trip to Cape Town and enter the 2 oceans run. Everything went smoothly and we had a great time. We really enjoyed the area and hope to go back for a visit. The Vineyard hotel was spectacular we had lots of fun. Good choice thank you. The race was very tough and we got a warm day to help the matter. I was 15 mins out of the time I was hoping for but I am glad to have competed and finished to tell the tale.
Absolutely loved Two Oceans - everything ran smoothly - the transfers and the accommodation at the Vineyard was fantastic. The friendship run the day before was also a lot of fun, but most of all loved the run itself. Thanks to Travelling Fit for organising everything and also all of my post event accommodation and tours. Everything was perfect, can't wait to go back again.
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The entry fee for the Two Oceans Marathon is included in the price of your package.
Qualifying race details are required. Runner can qualify from 01 July 2017 onward. Details must be supplied no later than 27 February 2018.
In the unlikely event of International runners unable to run a qualifying marathon within this period they may enter the race, but they will start at the back.
- 42km – sub 5:00
- 50km – sub 6:30
- 56km – sub 7:00
- 90km – sub 12:00
- 100+km – sub 13:30
The Two Oceans Ultra Marathon starts at 6:30am
Runners who have not reached the following marks in the times specified will not be allowed to continue:
- 10.00am: 28km – Halfway, Noordhoek Main Road.
- 11.50am: 42,2km – Outside Four Seasons Farm, Hout Bay Main Road.
- 1.30pm: Finish line cut-off
If you do not reach the cut-off points within the required time (7.5 min per KM), you will be asked to retire from the Race and leave the road. YOU MAY NOT CONTINUE RUNNING.
Athletes who fail to obey the race officials will be subject to disciplinary action and may be banned from participation in the Two Oceans Marathon in future.
Transport will be provided at both the cut-off points to take the runners back to the Finish.
All runners will be timed using the RaceTec timing method.
It is compulsory to register before the race to receive your race numbers and related items.
Registration (number collection, not entries) will take place at the CTICC, Convention Square. See Expo information for details.
- Wednesday 28 March 2018 10:00 – 19:00
- Thursday 29 March 2018 10:00 – 19:00
- Friday 30 March 2018 09:00 – 17:00
Pace setters are available for the following finishing times:
- 5 Hours
- 6 Hours
- 7 Hours
Travelling Fit packages include return transfers to/from the race where required
Twenty five well-stocked refreshment stations along the 56km route will ensure that every runner’s needs are adequately catered for.
- A special station will be located at the start providing water/Coke/Powerade and Loobit and the first station is at the 3km mark, where only Water and Coke will be available. The subsequent refreshment stations are approximately 2.5km apart.
- Drinking water is manufactured under strict hygienic conditions at K3 Water. Each batch of water is tested and is then transported to a Cold Store Facility where the water is sent through a Blast Chiller Room, allowing the water to reach 0°C and then stored in a Holding Cold Room to maintain the temperature at 0°C . Over and above the lab test, the water gets taste tested every week.
- Drinking water and Powerade will be provided throughout the race in 100ml plastic sachets (Booster Bags), while Coca-Cola will be served in 200ml Coke cups. In addition, potatoes, bananas, Bar-One chocolates and other “morale boosters” will be available at some stations.
- Loobit anti-chafing cream will be available at the start and at the 23km, 26km, 33km, 38km, 43.5km, 47.5km, and 51km marks.
- Where possible, the stations will be manned from both sides of the road but the stations are well spread out to ensure that everyone is catered for.
Personal Refreshments and Clothing
A Tog Bag facility will be available in the Registration Tent on the day of the race. Runners can also make use of the Tog Bag trucks that will be available at the start outside Momentum Life.
Your tog bags will be taken back to the Finish Venue. Runners must ensure that their bags are labelled with their names and addresses.
Every care will be taken to ensure that the bags are safeguarded. However, runners are advised not to leave expensive, valuable items in their bags, as the organisers cannot take responsibility for any losses.
This year the Expo will take place at the CTICC, Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town:
- Wednesday 28 March 2018 10:00 – 19:00
- Thursday 29 March 2018 10:00 – 19:00
- Friday 30 March 2018 09:00 – 17:00
Finishers T-shirts, Medals and Certificates
All entrants receive a limited edition, adidas climalite running T-shirt with their race pack at Race Pack Collection.
Please ensure you indicate your CORRECT size on the entry form as NO EXCHANGES will be allowed at Race Pack Collection.
Medals will be awarded to all finishers
- Gold First 10 men & first 10 women each receives a one ounce gold medal (sponsored by Harmony Gold)
- Silver under 4:00 hours
- Sainsbury under 5:00 hours
- Bronze under 6:00 hours
- Blue under the cut-off time 7:00 hours
The temperature on race day ranges from 19 – 28 degrees celsius. The average temperature for the last 8 years has been 24 degrees.
There has been an average of 40% humidity and on only 2 occasions has there been any rain (in the afternoons). The sky is usually clear.
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Two Oceans Ultra MarathonTWO OCEANS ULTRA MARATHON - THE WORLD'S MOST BEAUTIFUL (AND WINDY) MARATHON South Africa is known to most people as home to the 'big 5' but for runners it is home to the 'big 2', that is two of...
TWO OCEANS ULTRA MARATHON – THE WORLD’S MOST BEAUTIFUL (AND WINDY) MARATHON
South Africa is known to most people as home to the ‘big 5’ but for runners it is home to the ‘big 2’, that is two of the most challenging runs, Two Oceans, a 56 km ultra marathon incorporating two big climbs and Comrades, the ultimate 89km, 12 hour race.
This year I decided to take on the challenge of the former and survived to tell the tale.
The 56km Ultra marathon is in fact only one race in a running festival that is held every Easter weekend and has something for everyone, including a ‘nappy dash’ for toddlers through fun runs, trail runs and a half marathon up to the ultra 56km race which is the high light of the weekend.
For international visitors the weekend starts with the Friendship run on Good Friday, a 5km run / walk around the stunning Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. A time to line up behind the flag of your country and show true running unity. It is also a great opportunity to get muscles loose after the long flight to Cape Town. The day was fine and the run allowed fantastic views of Table Mountain without its infamous table cloth of cloud.
The rest of the day was spent getting ready for the big race and after a excellent meal in the hotel restaurant it was off to bed as the start of the race at 6:30 meant a wake up call at 4:30. Before turning in I made sure my kit was prepared as South Africa has strict rules regarding number placement on both front and back of the shirt and a timing chip secured to a shoe.
As always before a big race, anticipation woke me well before the alarm so had plenty of time to eat my pre – race breakfast of food and yoghurt and check and double check I had everything I would need. A great thing about SA races is the requirement of drinks stations at least every 3km and for this race they were every 2km and for the last 10km, every km so there was no need to carry hydration fluids. in addition they provided the water and Powerade in sachets that could be carried between drink stations.
Dressed in my ‘Tuffy’ garbage bag body warmer, provided free in the race ‘goody bag’, I set off for the starting line and joined the other 11,000 competitors in the inevitable queue for the loo. However again these were plentiful so the wait was not excessive and then it was time to enter the starting pens and after a lively rendition of the South African National Anthem we were off into the first dawn light of what I hoped would be a dry day, although high winds were forecast for later that morning.
The first 28km takes runners down the eastern side of the Cape Peninsula and is relatively flat giving time to settle into a comfortable running pace. Even at this early hour there were many people on the side of the road to cheer us on, a good distraction as iPods are banned from the race with a fine for anyone caught using one.
The wind was already getting up and the headwind proved quite a challenge but was tolerable as it meant that we would have a tail wind for the climb up Chapman’s Peak in the second half of the race.
When the course hit the coast at Muizenburg, the spectacular views made even the strong wind tolerable.
My aim was to break six hours and at 21km I was well on track for a sub 5:30 time but with the two challenging climbs of Chapman’s Peak and Constantia Nek to come in the second 1/2 of the race, I wanted all the time in hand that I could get.
At Fish Hoek the route turned inland across the peninsula and at the 28km mark gradually started climbing the 7km and 115 bends up Chapman’s Peak. By now the wind was gusting from all directions and running became rather challenging. Added to this was the fact that I became a victim of the infamous Chapman’s Peak cat’s eyes falling rather heavily on my arm which had been broken the previous year in training. However, after ensuring that the only thing that had suffered was my Skins which were now ‘Airtex’ I got back on my feet determined to finish what I had started. This was helped by a convenient refuelling station with cooked potatoes which may sound odd but were excellent fuel boosters.
The pull up Chapman’s Peak was actually not as bad a I had thought and I was soon at the top, still on time for my goal of a bronze medal.
Coming over the peak, the full force of the wind hit but this time it was a tail wind almost blowing many of us over and we literally flew down the mountain at breakneck pace. Discarded drink sachets and cups were flying everywhere in the howling wind making the task of the volunteers who were meant to be clearing up a nightmare.
The decent was quickly over and for a couple of kilometres it was relatively calm and flat with a time to take stock for the final challenge ahead – the climb up Constantia Nek. Prior to the start of the climb we ran through the settlement of Hout’s Bay and as well as the local residents turning out, there were also many children from the Township of Imizamo Yethu who eagerly waited for the runners to given them a ‘high 5’
Then the final challenge was upon us and by now my pace had slowed but a sub 6 hour finish was still possible. The many volunteers were urging us on and having names on our numbers meant we got personal encouragement was most welcome. Finally I could hear the music of the band at the top and rounding the corner, the summit was there and the knowledge that the rest of the race was mainly down hill. With 75 mins to do 10km I felt reasonably comfortable despite developing an annoying stitch. Going though 50km, the end actually started to seem a reality and the final 6 km passed in a blur. At 2km I realised I could walk the final part and still finish in under 6 hours so the final uphill stretch was tolerable especially as everyone was helping each other on.
Finally rounding the last bend the UCT rugby fields were in sight and I even managed a last sprint to the finish line. Looking at the clock I found I had made it with 12 minutes to spare and receiving my bronze medal I felt relief at finishing but also satisfaction of an ambition achieved.
After having my knee patched up by some helpful medics and a welcome cup of tea at the Penthouse Hospitality tent, I even had the energy to walk back to the hotel (although a lift was available) and on the way was planning my trip for next year. But first I had a couple of days to spend exploring the wonderful city of Cape Town
I am very grateful to Travelling Fit for organising the whole trip and I thoroughly recommend this run to anyone looking for a bigger challenge than a marathon, it is indeed one of the most beautiful and well organised races I have taken part in, even it this one was probably the windiest.
The Two Oceans Marathon has become synonymous with the Easter Weekend in Cape Town, the pre-race activities at the expo and family day and fun runs on Easter Friday. En-route entertainment on the race day provides fun, excitement, and a unique experience to runners, family, friends, and spectators alike.
Travelling Fit is delighted to be able to offer you a four (4) night Marathon package from 29 March to 02 April 2018. There are two great accommodation options to choose from including the 3 star Protea Breakwater Lodge and the the 4 star Vineyard Hotel and Spa.
Travelling Fit is an accredited travel agency which offers a full range of services to our clients. This enables us to book your flights and additional touring to help us assist you in creating your perfect holiday experience.
Treat yourself to some amazing day tours such as shark cage diving, Cape winelands tour, Visit to a safari game reserve, or if you have more time, take a few days to experience the wonders of Cape Town or the beauty of Victoria Falls.
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- Guaranteed Race Entry (runners only)
- 4 Nights' Accommodation at your choice of hotel
Check-In: Thu 29 March - Check-Out: Mon 02 April
- Breakfast Daily
- Return Airport-Hotel Transfers
- Pasta Dinner on Friday 30 March (Vineyard Hotel guests only)
- Race Day Bus Transfers (where applicable)
- Personalised Travelling Fit running top
Exclusive to Travelling Fit Clients
- Access to Hospitality Tent at the finish line. Includes light refreshments.
- Invite to Travelling Fit VIP Facebook group
Exclusive to Travelling Fit Runners
- RaceTec Timing Chip
- 1% tourism levy & 14% VAT
Deposit: $650 per runner; $500 per supporter
Balance Due by: Friday 15 December 2017