The Two Oceans Marathon
Dubbed the world’s most beautiful marathon, the Two Oceans Marathon takes place in Cape Town over the Easter weekend on the 14th and 15th of April 2017. Local and international athletes will push their limits in a range of running activities from ultra-marathon and half marathons to trail runs, fun runs, international friendship runs and more. Those who choose not to run are encouraged to support runners from the sidelines.
The History of the World’s Most Beautiful Marathon
Since 1970 the Two Oceans Marathon has steadily grown to become a South African institution. Each year the event draws up to 26 000 entrants across all the categories. The 56km ultra-marathon, 21km half marathon and various other fun runs lead the runners through a route of incredible Western Cape scenery.
Two Oceans Marathon Entry
If you were a little slow ‘off the mark’, you have unfortunately missed out on the 21km half marathon, 56km ultra-marathon and trail runs, as entries have closed. The good news however, is that entries are still open for the fun runs and the International Friendship Run. Ticket prices for these races range between R35 and R200, while the distances range from the 56m Nappy Dash to the 5,6km for the more adventurous runners and walkers.
Two Oceans Marathon Routes
For some the road is long, the 56km ultra-marathon takes place on Easter Sunday on the 15th of April, with the cut-off time at 1:40 pm. The route will be the same one which has been run since 2004. With refreshment stations and medical points along the way, the route starts in Newlands and travels through Plumstead, Kalk Bay, Chapman’s Peak, Hout Bay and finishes on the UCT rugby field.
The half marathon also takes place on Sunday the 15th with the finish line cut-off time being 9:30 am. This route, also dotted with refreshment and medical points, starts in Newlands, passes through Claremont, Wynberg, Constantia and also finishes on the UCT rugby field.
The Two Oceans Expo
In addition to the Two Oceans races, there is a host of pre-race activities. From Wednesday the 12th of April until Friday the 14th of April the Cape Town International Convention Centre will host the Two Oceans Expo. More than a mere running expo, sports enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see the latest in sporting trends, with clothing, supplements, equipment, sports-related technology, eyewear, gyms and sports tour companies exhibiting. The CTICC will be open from 9:00 am until 7:00 pm on Wednesday and Thursday, and from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm on Friday.
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