Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon
The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon attracts runners not only from all over the country, but all corners of the world as well. The festival around this marathon takes place in Cape Town from the 30th of March to 8th of April. It includes a host of sporting and entertainment events. You can run the Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra or the Half Marathon. Or if you prefer you can stand at the sidelines and go ballistic as the spirited competitors run the fun runs.
Entries for this years run have closed but going to watch the runners is always an experience. It might even make you decide to fit-up for next year’s race.
This race is a must for any self-respecting masochist whose preferred form of torture is running; the Two Oceans Marathon offers a pleasant way of passing an Easter Sunday. There are roughly 10 000 people who enter the race every year and enjoy the spectacular scenery as they test themselves with a six-hour time limit.
The first race took place in 1970, and besides the Comrades Marathon, has become the most famous ultra-marathon in South Africa. This race is known worldwide for the fact that it is so extremely beautiful and picturesque. The race was conceived by a Durban man who transferred to Cape Town and longed for the vibrant running scene of Natal. Dave Venter brought the race into being when he reasoned that Capetonians would view the event as a good warm-up race for the Comrades. But it took him two years before the Western Province Amateur Athletic Association finally gave him the go-ahead to organise the race.
He envisaged a race that had beautiful scenery, and in Cape Town he had no problem finding a 35 mile course. So he chose his favourite training run, over Chapman’s Peak, through Hout Bay and around Table Mountain. He could not have chosen a more picturesque route. Of course the route has changed a little since the first race, such as Chapman’s Peak being closed after rock falls. The route is a tough challenge but many say the scenery makes up for that ten-fold! It truly is a visual treat.