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

---
Use our events section for an up-to-date overview of happenings in Cape Town. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter and if you have a smartphone, add m.capetownmagazine.com to your home screen for quick access on the go!

Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, join our Google+ circle, connect with us on LinkedIn, check out our photos on Instagram and follow our Pinterest boards for updates on what’s happening in and around the Mother City!

Tue
H:22°
L:11°
Wed
H:17°
L:12°
Thu
H:19°
L:13°
Fri
H:17°
L:13°
Sat
H:18°
L:11°
Sun
H:18°
L:12°
Mon
H:18°
L:12°
Cape Town Events Calendar
September 2014
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30

Short & SweetShort and Sweet Season Four

This unique WDC2014 cinema experience makes its fourth appearance

Atlantic Ocean Gallery at Two Oceans AquariumSupper Club at the Two Oceans Aquarium

Spend your evening trying out scrumptious South African cuisine surrounded by ...

artscape photo outside lightsArtscape Heritage Festival

Celebrate South Africa’s rich diversity and reflect on its chequered past ...

Barnyard Theatre (Willowbridge) Born to be wildBarnyard Theatre's Born To Be Wild ...

Rock the night away to six decades of anthems at this Durbanville dinner ...

Charcoal Dining RestaurantCharcoal Dining: An Intimate Party and ...

Host memorable, meaningful functions at this warm CBD bistro

Old V&A Waterfront Grain Silo for Zeitz MOCCAZanele Muholi & Friends Photography ...

Explore the concept of ‘looking back’ at the V&A Waterfront’s new ...

Rocky Horror Picture Show FugardRocky Horror Show at the Fugard Theatre

The timeless musical returns to Cape Town to give fans another round of racy ...

Cascades on The Promenade dinnerBistro lunch at Cascades on the ...

Discover the hidden gem that’s serving up some of the Atlantic Seaboard’s ...

Kids Bday Party at Two Oceans AquariumKids Parties at the Two Oceans Aquarium

Birthdays are better down where it’s wetter, take it from us!

Battlefield Live Corporate LogoTeam Building with Battlefield Live SA

Corporates become commandos in this adrenaline-inducing, morale-boosting laser ...

Design and Making: The Story of FoodDesign and Making Exhibition at the ...

Discover how the evolution of food sheds light on the history and ...

The Foreign Exchange Bar Quiz NightTrivia Night at The Foreign Exchange Bar

Test your general knowledge at this Observatory-based haunt’s Tuesday pub quiz

Yoga at the Cape Quarter SquareFree Yoga Classes at the Cape Quarter ...

Free your mind and flex your body at this stylish lifestyle centre’s mahala ...

Horseback safari at AquilaHorseback Safari at Aquila Game Reserve

Ditch the regular, old game drive and saddle up for an up-close experience with ...

Maboneng Township Arts Langa TagThe Langa TAG Township Arts Gallery Tour

Take a gander at local creations along this Cape Town township’s first ...

Boy Girl Hair at Love Cape TownHaircut Special at Boy Girl Hair

Marry a tip-top cut with any of this edgy salon’s other services and save 30%

Richard's Bistro supper and stage Kaapstad“Kaapse Stories” at Richard’s ...

Supper and Stage make for a delectable evening’s entertainment

Conquest School of Driving Cape TownConquest’s Driving Lessons

Cruise through your K53 licence test with the help of one of Cape Town’s most ...

Avontuur Wine EstateFood and Wine Pairing at Avontuur Estate

Learn how to please your palate at the Stellenbosch farm that’s home to fine ...

Eggs2-for-1 Eggs Benedict Breakfast Special ...

Buy one and get the other free at this Bree Street restaurant every Tuesday

SANParks Tankwa NP FlowersYour Guide to Viewing the Spring ...

Don’t miss the chance to get up close and personal with South Africa’s ...

whale wine and wors wine flies logoWine Flies’ Whale, Wine and Wors Tour ...

Hop on board a fun-filled minibus and explore the hidden gems of the Western ...

High tea at the Twelve Apostles HotelHigh Tea by the Sea at The Twelve ...

A must-do with a view in dearest Cape Town

funcar vw beetleFun Car: Cheap Car Hire in Cape Town

Buzz through the Mother City in a budget Beetle, Citi Golf, Jeep Cherokee or ...

Oceana Hout Bay Festival Logo Oceana Hout Bay Seafood Festival

Come celebrate Hout Bay’s seafood delights and seaside charm

Cape Quarter The SquareHappy Hour at the Cape Quarter Square

Weekday evenings are all about half-price cocktails and high spirits at this ...

Fruit Salad WrapWednesday Tortilla Wrap Special at ...

Recharge and refresh with a budget- and belly-friendly brekkie and lunch deal ...

Hout Bay Dental Studio Teeth Whitening EffectsTeeth Whitening Special at Hout Bay ...

Brighten the midweek with a superb Wednesday dental deal

saflag1Things to Do for Heritage Day in Cape ...

Celebrate diversity and make the most out of National Braai Day

Potjie Heritage day BraaiHeritage Day Potjiekos Challenge at ...

Celebrate Braai Day with a uniquely Mzansi tradition at this annual cook-off in ...

artscape photo outside lightsArtscape Heritage Festival

Celebrate South Africa’s rich diversity and reflect on its chequered past ...

Barnyard Theatre (Willowbridge) Born to be wildBarnyard Theatre's Born To Be Wild ...

Rock the night away to six decades of anthems at this Durbanville dinner ...

Old V&A Waterfront Grain Silo for Zeitz MOCCAZanele Muholi & Friends Photography ...

Explore the concept of ‘looking back’ at the V&A Waterfront’s new ...

Ways of wellnessWaxing Wednesdays at Ways of Wellness ...

His and her hair removal for less at Cape Town’s first all-natural beauty ...

Rocky Horror Picture Show FugardRocky Horror Show at the Fugard Theatre

The timeless musical returns to Cape Town to give fans another round of racy ...

Year End Party Two Oceans AquariumHost a Year End Function at the Two ...

Throw a party unlike any other at the Mother City’s underwater wonderland

Battlefield Live Corporate LogoTeam Building with Battlefield Live SA

Corporates become commandos in this adrenaline-inducing, morale-boosting laser ...

Design and Making: The Story of FoodDesign and Making Exhibition at the ...

Discover how the evolution of food sheds light on the history and ...

The Odyssey Live Music NightCrossroad Blues Live Music Night at The ...

Dine and drink while taking in top tunes at this trendy bar every Wednesday

Stardust VespasSix-for-Four Shooter Special at ...

Add some rocket fuel to this eatery’s theatrical dining experience to make ...

Beerhouse beer o clock logoBeer o’ Clock at Beerhouse

Say goodbye to happy hour and hello to an around-the-clock brewhaha

Maboneng Township Arts Langa TagThe Langa TAG Township Arts Gallery Tour

Take a gander at local creations along this Cape Town township’s first ...

Dornier Bodega Shellfish PlatterShellfish Special at Dornier Bodega ...

Make Wednesdays truly wonderful with a half-price shellfish deal at this ...

HintHunt Escape Game Logo 2Corporate Team Building with HintHunt

Get the staff bonding with this exhilarating group escape game

Peter's House Restaurant TamboerskloofPasta Special at Peter’s House

Say no to washing up on ‘HUmP Day’ and head to Cape Town’s cutest eatery ...

Dinner at Aubergine RestaurantLunch at Aubergine Restaurant

Daytime fine dining in the heart of Cape Town

Stand Up Paddle Boarding with High Five Cape TownStand Up Paddle Board Group Lesson ...

Learn to SUP for 25 - 50% less thanks to High Five

Cobble & Stone Pub at Inn on the SquareYe Olde Lunch at the Cobble & Stone Pub

Fancy a pint? This Greenmarket Square tavern serves up good English pub grub ...

Jabula Hair Cape TownJabula Hair Weave & Extension Special

Buy hair extensions a weave or a wig and get your do done for free

Nude Sketches from Bright Studio Cape TownArt Sale at Bright Day Studio in ...

Score everything from original oil on canvas to exquisite photographic prints ...

saflag1Heritage Day (Public Holiday)

Celebrate South African cultural diversity

SANParks Tankwa NP FlowersYour Guide to Viewing the Spring ...

Don’t miss the chance to get up close and personal with South Africa’s ...

Sotano Lamb Burger SpecialDinner Special at Sotano by Caveau

Tuck into two lamb burgers and fries for the price of one every Wednesday

Craft beer from The Taproom Salt RiverAfter-work Drinks at The Taproom

Give your nine-to-five the finger and wind down with a craft beer at this ...

Odriscolls Irish Pub's Burger SpecialO’Driscoll’s 2-for-1 Burger Special

Beef up your Wednesday with double the bun-and-patty action for just R68

Wednesday Dinner Special at Jackal & Hide RestaurantJackal & Hide’s Wednesday Restaurant ...

Get two mains for a mere R140 at Cape Town’s Kloof Street hotspot

Cape Jazz at the Crypt VenueWine Wednesdays at The Crypt Jazz ...

Celebrate ‘hump day’ with sultry tunes and smooth reds and whites

NAC Helicopter Cape Town Tours & FlightsNAC’s Romantic Helicopter Flip

This Cape Town company’s flock of lovebirds offers rides to make hearts soar

Happy Hour at Mojitos2-for-1 Burger Special at Cafe Mojito

Grab two mouth-watering burgers for less than R60 every Wednesday at Long ...

Thomas Mason suit jacket liningsMORE’s Handmade Shirt Special

Get a free customised shirt when purchasing a made-to-measure suit

Hout Bay Friday Night MarketFriday Night at The Bay Harbour Market

Ring in the weekend with live music, craft beer, hearty fare and happy shopping ...

Bay Harbour Market Hout Bay Food CourtOne thing leads to another at The Bay ...

The crossroads: where South African creativity, culture and kos meet

The Banting Kitchen FoodThe Banting Kitchen in Cape Town

Green Point welcomes one of the world’s first dedicated low-carb, ...

Oceana Hout Bay Festival Logo Oceana Hout Bay Seafood Festival

Come celebrate Hout Bay’s seafood delights and seaside charm

Cape Town Recovery Film Festival Cape Town Recovery Film Festival

Explore the deep issues of addiction, substance abuse and the path to renewal ...

whale wine and wors wine flies logoWhale, Wine and Wors Tour by Wine Flies

The off-the-beaten-track day trip that lets you explore three of South ...

Peter's House Restaurant TamboerskloofPasta Special at Peter’s House

Say no to washing up on ‘HUmP Day’ and head to Cape Town’s cutest eatery ...

Peter's House Restaurant TamboerskloofHave a hopping good time at Peter’s ...

Feel right at home in this cosy Cape Town eatery

WeatherGiveawaysTravel Tips