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April 16, 2014

Your Guide to Spotting Celebs at the Two Oceans Marathon 2014

The world's most beautiful marathon attracts some of the country's most famous and (not to mention prettiest) people. Here's a guide to stalking (sorry, we mean spotting) the celebrities who will be running the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon over the weekend!

Bruce Fordyce:
The man, the legend. Bruce won the World 100km Championships (setting a world record), the London to Brighton ultra-marathon 3 times (in a row) and the Comrades Marathon a record nine times (8 in a row). This is his 30th Two Oceans Ultra Marathon. He's 58 now so you might actually beat him. But not really. 

Janez Vermeiren, photo by www.thesocialite.co.za

Janez Vermeiren:
The former model and hunky presenter for Top Billing will have all the ladies running after him during his 2nd Two Oceans.

Tim Noakes:
Tim Noakes' "The Lore of Running" has become biblically successful and he now has a famous diet to go along with it. The Professor of Sports Science at UCT has over 70 marathons and ultra marathons under his belt and at the age of 65 will be running his 5th Half Marathon.

Ryan O’Connor:
Beloved for his positive energy and down-to-earth humour in the mornings on 94.5KFM, the presenter of the Cape's biggest breakfast show will be sweating out his 6th Half Marathon. 

Zola Budd:
In 1984, Zola Budd shocked the world at the age of 17 when she broke the women's 5000m world record. Two years later she broke it again, barefoot. The 'Barefoot Flyer' will be running her second Two Oceans. If you can catch her, that might be a good time for a selfie! 

Peter Taylor:
In the spirit of Zola Budd, Peter Taylor has completed 26 ultra-marathons barefoot, a feat he does to raise money and awareness for the SA Guide Dog Association. Number 27 coming up! Well done Peter. 

Derek van Dam:
Derek the Weatherman van Dam has reinvigorated the weather service in South Africa, not in the least because of his dashing good looks! The eNews Channel Africa's Chief Meteorologist and Head of the Weather Department will be running his 2nd ultra-marathon. 

Elan Lohmann:
The owner of SleekGeek, one of South Africa's largest online health and lifestyle communities, Elan left a cushy corporate position to pursue his ideal of 100,000 sustainably healthy South Africans. He'll be walking the walk and not just talking the talk by the time he crosses the finish line!

Gugu Zulu:
Affectionately known as the "the fastest brother in Africa" in racing circles, racing driver and the presenter of SABC's Car Torque will be rocking his 4th Half Marathon in 2014. 

If you do manage to spot these celebrity participants, tweet us your photo using the hashtag #OMTOM2014 and #lovecapetown.

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