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March 29, 2010

Athletes age in style at the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon

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A previous Two Oceans Marathon. Photo courtesy Hubert Januarie

Fifty-three athletes will be spending their birthdays competing in this year’s prestigious Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town; they’ll be running with 20 950 other race hopefuls!

A record field of around 21 000 runners will gather under starter’s orders in the Mother City on April 3 this year, but 2009 men’s winner, Stephen Mokoka, and 2009 ladies’ winner, Helalia Johannes, will not be among them.

The 56km Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon leads runners along a spectacularly beautiful and scenic route that showcases Cape Town’s unique beauty. It also enables supporters to line the raceway and encourage participants as they compete in the gruelling marathon.

The Two Oceans has long been acknowledged as “the world’s most beautiful marathon” and, following tradition, takes place on the Saturday of the Easter weekend.

Accommodation is likely to be at a premium at this time of year, but if you still haven’t found a place to stay, see our special offers, pop into any one of the conveniently located visitor information centres across the city, or call the Cape Town Tourism contact centre on +27 (0)21 487 6800 for assistance.

As its name indicates, the Two Oceans Marathon route overlooks the Indian and Atlantic oceans as it follows the twists of the Cape Peninsula coastline. The route tests the mettle of runners as it elevates athletes onto Chapman’s Peak Drive, high above the still waters of Hout Bay, before crossing Constantia Nek and winding through a forested section, to end at the Upper Campus of the University of Cape Town.

Around 9 000 runners have signed up for the ultra event. Of these, 224 runners will receive their blue number for completing 10 ultras.

First-time Two Oceans competitors number 7 556 and comprise 37% of the field. Approximately 11 600 runners will be tackling the half-marathon at the 41st anniversary of the world-famous event.

Foreign runners comprise almost 5.5% of entries, with German and United Kingdom entrants making up the largest numbers.

In the 56km event, 74% of entrants are male and 26% female, while the half-marathon sees a 50/50 gender split.

Whether you’re in Cape Town to compete in the race, or just as a supporter or spectator, don’t leave without taking in some of the spectacular attractions South Africa’s most beautiful city has to offer.

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