This weekend is Easter weekend – and as is tradition on Easter Saturday in Cape Town, the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon will be taking place.
Now in its 45th year, the Two Oceans Marathon has earned the reputation of being the world’s most beautiful marathon.
The first race was held in 1970 and saw 26 runners line up to face the unknown challenge. Since then, the race has become a national institution and a firm favourite with local, upcountry, and international athletes, and the number of participants has increased 1000-fold to a staggering 26 000.
As you may already know, there are various distances that participants can cover – the most popular being the scenic 56km ultra marathon or the 21km half marathon.
Change in route:
You may also know that last week Friday, it was announced that the route would change a bit after the recent devastating fires that raged along the Southern Peninsula, which caused significant damage to Chapman’s Peak’s fragile vegetation. After weeks of intense discussions and close collaboration with the City of Cape Town and key stakeholders, the Two Oceans committee announced that the route for the Ultra Marathon go along the detour route of Ou Kaapse Weg.
This is not the first time that Ou Kaapse Weg is being used as a detour. The ultra marathons between the years 2000 and 2003 also went along this route, while Chapman’s Peak was closed for tunnels and catchment nets to be constructed.
Advice to runners:
Top exercise physiologist and high performance sports consultant, Sports Scientist, Dr Ross Tucker, spoke to CapeTalk's Pippa Hudson with words of wisdom, advice, and tips ahead of the big race.
The new route:
The Ou Kaapse Weg detour route starts in Main Road, Newlands, and takes runners along the scenic South Peninsula route, through Fish Hoek and into Kommetjie. Then instead of heading towards Chapman’s Peak, runners turn towards and over Ou Kaapse Weg, from where they will run along the leafy Spaanschemat River Road. They then join the Half Marathon route at the Ladies Mile and Parish Road intersection, before heading onto Southern Cross Drive to follow the Half Marathon route along Rhodes Drive and the M3 back to UCT. The distance remains the same.