It’s that time of year again when thousands of runners descend upon the Mother City to take part in “The world’s most beautiful marathon”, the annual Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon.
On Easter weekend every year, more than 10,000 ‘lang-asems’ (local lingo for distance runners) will make their way around the Peninsula on the spectacular 56km route that takes in False Bay, Fish Hoek, Chapman’s Peak, and Constantia Neck. Another 15,000 eager runners will tackle the popular Half Marathon, that takes participants on a scenic meander through the Southern Suburbs. It’s a festive affair, even if you’re not a runner.
What’s happening and when
Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Expo
For the latest and greatest of all things running, head over to the Cape Town International Convention Centre and catch the latest gear, nutrition and even sports tours. It’s also the venue where participants register for race day.
When: The week leading up to the race.
Trail Run, Fun Runs & International Friendship Run
The ever popular Two Oceans Trail Run takes the more adventurous runners through the forests of the Southern suburbs. The various fun runs offer everyone from toddlers, tots and eager walkers a chance to get in on the action. Also taking place on Good Friday, is the International Friendship Run, which takes foreign athletes and their families for a 5.6km run/walk through the city past a number of the city’s famous landmarks.
When: Good Friday
Ultra Marathon & Half Marathon
Easter Saturday is race day for the two main events, the 56 km ultra-marathon, and the 21 km half-marathon, which will see more than 25,000 runners of all shapes and sizes hit the road.
When: Easter Saturday
More than 25,000 runners take to the streets of Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs and the Peninsula, and to accommodate these eager athletes (and for everyone’s safety), there will be a number of road closures along and around the route. If you plan on driving on Friday or Saturday, have a look a..