Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town

Hit the road running in 2014 and prepare to partake in the ultimate test of endurance


The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, which is arguably the world’s most beautiful sporting event, invites local and international competitors to push their bodies to the limit on Easter Saturday, 19 April 2014 in Cape Town (other subsidiary runs will take place on Good Friday, 18 April 2014).

As in past, the gruelling 56-km run (the ultra marathon), alongside the 21-km half marathon and the various associated trail and fun runs, draws sporting enthusiasts from across the globe to the scenic Cape Peninsula for a unique and trying athletic experience.

Inaugurated in 1970, the competition has developed into the biggest and most popular road race in the nation, with 11, 000 runners taking part in this year’s ultra marathon and 16, 000 runners taking part in this year’s half marathon. During its 44-year tenure, the ultra marathon has seen over 50 South Africans (across both men’s and women’s categories) take the winning title, along with almost a dozen Russians, half a dozen Basothos and half a dozen Zimbabweans.

Though, this major sporting event is not just for the serious competitor; the Two Oceans Marathon’s offshoots cater to all types of runners and levels of experience: there are 10-km and 22-km trail runs, which take participants along the lower slopes of Devil’s Peak and through the forests above the University of Cape Town (UCT). The two trail runs are great for both beginners and experienced runners and offer a challenging experience with steep ascents and descents.

A series of fun runs and the International Friendship Run also take place at the UCT rugby fields and in the city centre, respectively, for those who want to get into the spirit of things without going the extra mile or ten.

As it’s not only about physical exertion, this major event will also play host to an annual expo where sporting enthusiasts can get the lowdown on hot running trends, apparel and supplements (the legal kind) and the latest news on outdoor adventure sports, tours and much more.

SPORTING EVENTS AT THE 2014 OLD MUTUAL TWO OCEANS MARATHON IN CAPE TOWN

56-km Ultra Marathon (Saturday, 19 April)

Entry fees & deadlines

The full marathon kicks off on Main Road at the bottom of Dean Street in Newlands and continues through Muizenberg and Fish Hoek, over the breathtaking Chapman’s Peak Drive, on through Hout Bay and over Constantia Nek before ending at the UCT Rondebosch campus (water stations and medical points feature all along the route).

 

The start time is 6:30am, and the cut-off is at 1:30pm; runners get seven hours to complete the course.

A total of 11, 000 spots are available for this race; once the race has reached capacity, no late entries will be accepted. Entry fee costs are as follows:

South Africans

R200p/p

Entrants from greater Africa

R450p/p

International participants

R900p/p

The closing date for mail order entries is 19 March 2014.

21-km Half Marathon (Saturday, 19 April)

Entry fees & deadlines

The half marathon starts off in Main Road, Newlands and winds through the leafy Southern Suburbs before ultimately coming to a halt at the southern end of UCT’s Rondebosch campus.

 

The start time is 6am, and the cut-off is at 9:20am; runners get three hours and 10 minutes to complete the course. Participants who have not reached the 18-km mark (intersection at Union Avenue) by 9:20am will not be permitted to continue; shuttles will be available at the cut-off point to ferry runners back to the finish.

A total of 16, 000 spots are available for this race. The first 10, 000 places are sold out, but first-time entrants and previous event participants who missed the first batch of applications can participate in the half marathon entry draw, which closes on Wednesday, 22 January 2014; once the race has reached capacity, no late entries will be accepted. Entry fee costs are as follows:

South Africans

R100p/p

Entrants from greater Africa

R300p/p

International participants

R500p/p

The closing date for mail order entries is 19 March 2014.

10-km and 22-km Trail Runs (Friday, 18 April)

There are no more spaces available for these runs. The start time is at 7am, and the cut-off time for both races is at 12pm.

International Friendship Run (Friday, 18 April)

Entry fees

This scenic 5-km run (or walk) is only open to international entrants participating in the ultra or half marathon; these runners automatically gain free entry. African (though not South African) entrants as well as friends and family of international runners can also enter this quick trot at an extra cost. The route will take runners past some of the Mother City’s most iconic landmarks, including the Cape Town Stadium, Sea Point Promenade, Green Point Park and Mouille Point lighthouse.

 

The start time is at 9:30am, and cut-off for the run is at 11am.

Friends and family of international participants and entrants from greater Africa

R80p/p

Fun Runs (Friday, 18 April)

Entry fees

The series of fun runs is designed to suit all ages and fitness levels, and there are five different options:

  • 56-m Nappy Dash (three years old or younger – they must be able to walk): 12:30pm
  • 300-m Toddlers’ Trot (between four and six years of age): 1pm
  • 2.1-km various fitness levels and ages: 1:30pm
  • 5.6-km various fitness levels and ages: 2pm
  • 8-km various fitness levels and ages: 3pm

All races

R30p/p

Do note that those participating in the ultra and half marathons who do not yet own a timing tag will need to purchase one at an extra cost of R120p/p (it is then yours to keep for future events); for more information visit TwoOceansMarathon.org.za.

REGISTRATION AND RULES FOR THE 2014 OLD MUTUAL TWO OCEANS MARATHON

All runners MUST collect their race numbers and packs on the designated registration days. Registration will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) during the expo on Wednesday, 16 and Thursday, 17 April from 10am to 7pm and on Friday, 18 April from 9am to 5pm; International Friendship Run participants can enter on these days at the CTICC as well.

In the event participants cannot personally collect their race number and a pack, a substitute will need to present a permission letter with race details before any race related material will be issued.

All participants in the ultra marathon (56-km) MUST be a member of an athletic club affiliated with the Athletics South Africa (ASA). Runners who have completed 10 or more ultra marathons all qualify as members of the Blue Number Club (BNC). Members of this club are issued permanent numbers for life and can register at the BNC desk at the expo.

Do note that the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon is a pre-entry based event only; no late entries or entries on registration day will be accepted.

Any participants found running in a race they are not registered for on the day will be disqualified from future Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon events.

Road Closures and Parking Restrictions at the 2014 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon

SUPPORTERS AT THE 2014 OLD MUTUAL TWO OCEANS MARATHON

If you’re supporting loved ones and friends participating in the ultra marathon, here’s a list of the best spots to see them whoosh past:

  • Main Road in Lakeside
  • Kommetjie Road in Fish Hoek
  • Silvermine Road intersection at Ou Kaapse Weg
  • Noordhoek Village at the start of Chapman’s Peak
  • Constantia Nek  (Nedbank hosts Green Mile with five entertainment hotspots)
  • Cecelia Forest along Rhodes Drive
  • Kirstenbosch Gardens
  • Union Avenue towards UCT

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