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Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town

Hit the road running and prepare to take part in the ultimate test of endurance with a breathtaking view!

The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, which is arguably one of the world’s most beautiful sporting events, invites local and international competitors to push their bodies to the limit on Easter Saturday, 15 April 2017 in Cape Town (other subsidiary runs will take place on Good Friday, 14 April 2017).

As in past, the grueling 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 the ultra marathon and 16, 000 runners taking part in the half marathon each year. During its 46-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.

However, this major sporting event is not just for the serious competitor; the Two Oceans Marathon’s offshoots cater to all types of runners and experience levels: there are 12-km and 24-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.

And it’s not only about physical exertion as 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 more.

SPORTING EVENTS AT THE 2017 OLD MUTUAL TWO OCEANS MARATHON IN CAPE TOWN #OMTOM2017

56-KM ULTRA MARATHON (15 APR)

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.

Ticket sales open on Thursday, 1 September 2016 and entries are limited to 11 000.

The official closing date for Ultra Marathon entries, substitutions and profile updates is Monday, 6 March 2017

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

R460p/p -
R580p/p (depending on whether a timing chip is owned)

Entrants from greater Africa

R520p/p -
R640p/p (depending on whether a timing chip is owned)

International participants

R1450p/p -
R1570p/p (depending on whether a timing chip is owned)

21.1-KM HALF MARATHON (15 APR)

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 staggered between 5:50am and 6:10am, and 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. Once the race has reached capacity, no late entries will be accepted. Entry fee costs are as follows:

South Africans

TBC

Entrants from greater Africa

TBC

International participants

TBC

12-KM AND 24-KM TRAIL RUNS (14 APR)

The start time is at 7am for the 24-km and at 8am for the 12-km race, and the cut-off time for both races is at 12pm.

12-km race

TBC

24-km race

TBC

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP RUN (14 APR)

ENTRY FEES

This scenic 5.6-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 the rest of Africa.

R150p/p

FUN RUNS (14 APR)

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): 10am
  • 250-m Toddlers’ Trot (between four and six years of age): 10:30am
  • 2.1-km fun run/walk: 12pm
  • 5.6-km fun run/walk: 11am

Entries open on Monday, 16 January 2017.

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 2017 OLD MUTUAL TWO OCEANS MARATHON IN CAPE TOWN

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, 12 and Thursday, 13 April from 10am to 7pm and on Friday,  14 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.

SUPPORTERS AT THE 2017 OLD MUTUAL TWO OCEANS MARATHON IN CAPE TOWN

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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