Two Oceans Marathon 2019
Cape Town Events
The next Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, sponsored by Old Mutual, takes place over the weekend of Saturday 20th April 2019. The popular Two Oceans Marathon event actually comprises a number of races that competitors can choose to take part in.
Cape Town’s most prestigious race, the 56km Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon, takes athletes on a spectacular course around the Cape Peninsula. It is often voted the most breathtaking course in the world. The event is run under the auspices of the IAAF, Athletics South Africa (ASA) and Western Province Athletics (WPA). The Ultra Marathon celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019
The ultra-marathon, which starts at 06h30, covers 56km and follows a similar scenic route to the Cape Argus Cycle Tour via Chapmans Peak, Hout Bay and Constantia Nek.
The Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon on the 20th April 2019 was added to the event in 1998, and attracts a sold-out field year on year. The Half Marathon is a great event if you’d love to be a part of the Two Oceans Marathon action, but are not quite ready to tackle the Ultra. The event is run under the auspices of the IAAF, Athletics South Africa (ASA), and Western Province Athletics (WPA).
For those of us who just want to have a bit of fun and are not quite so fit there are a number of Fun Runs planned to take place at the University of Cape Town Rugby Fields, Upper Campus, Rondebosch on Friday 25th March. There are events for all the family to compete in including:
- 56 m Nappy Dash - for kids 3 years and younger (must be able to walk) - Limited to 300 participants.
- 300 m Toddlers' Trot - for kids between ages 4 to 6 years - limited to 400 participants.
- 2.1 km - for the young, the old and the not so fit - limited to 1500 participants.
- 5.6 km - for the fitter and more adventurous runner/walker - limited to 5000 participants.
- 8 km - This is the perfect loosener for those running the half or the ultra marathon the following day limited to 1500 participants.
Good Friday Trail Runs
On Good Friday there will be two Trail Runs (12km and 24km). Africa’s biggest running event and Cape Town’s most prestigious race also features one of the best Trail Runs anywhere in South Africa. The Old Mutual Two Oceans Trail Run (OMTOTR) boasts nestled pathways and dramatic landscapes through Newlands Forest to the lower slopes of Devil’s Peak and beyond. As such, OMTOTR is also acclaimed as one of the most scenic and spectacular Trail Runs anywhere in the world.
Trail Run participants start at the University of Cape Town (UCT) at the top of the celebrated Jammie Steps. From there, you’ll head to Newlands Forest, encountering an exciting and exacting route, whether you’re an adventurous beginner or more seasoned at tackling trails. Expect to encounter steep ascents, technical descents and everything in between!
In OMTOM 2018, clubs were invited to nominate a handful of promising trail runners for sponsorship. OMTOM was delighted to host these talented 18-to-21-year-old athletes, for whom the event would otherwise likely have been inaccessible. So gifted were these club-nominated trail athletes, that all of them secured a top-ten finish.
Kindly note: You have to be 18 years or older on Race Day in order to run the trail route.
The 50th Two Oceans Marathon race is a key component of the Cape Town Easter Weekend festivities and the fun runs take place on the Easter Friday. Nearly 26,000 compete across all the different races many of which run for charity so expect whacky costumes. Again much of the city is closed to motorists. The following spots have been identified as the offering spectators the best vantage points.
Places to watch the Two Oceans Marathon:
- Main Road - Lakeside
- Fish Hoek - Kommetjie Road
- Silvermine Road intersection
- Noordhoek Village - start of Chapman's Peak
- Hout Bay Beach - end of Chapman's Peak
- Constantia Nek
- Cecelia Forest - along Rhodes Drive
- Kirstenbosch Gardens
- Union Avenue towards UCT.
The Two Oceans Half Marathon takes place on Saturday 4th April over a distance of 21.1km and which starts at 07h00. There is an age restriction of 16 for this race.
For more information and entries contact www.twooceansmarathon.org.co.za