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April 03, 2010

The World’s Most Beautiful Marathon

An early morning start and some light drizzle could not dampen the spirits of the thousands of athletes who took part in the Old Mutual Two Oceans marathon on Saturday morning.

Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon

Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon group along Chapman’s Peak Drive, photo by Deon Gurling

The ultra marathon, now in its 41st year, once again lived up to its moniker as the world’s most beautiful race, as thousands of runners pounded the scenic route from Newlands, across the beautiful but difficult Chapman’s Peak and down towards the finish line back at the University of Cape Town.

Local and international runners braved the demanding route around the most beautiful parts of the Mother City; some strode confidently along the winding route, while others found the race tough going.

Large groups huddled together for most of the route before the eventual winner, Mabhutile Lebopo, picked up the pace and broke away from the pack, crossing the finish line in a time of 3:06:22.

Russian twins Olesya and Elena Nurgalieva once again dominated the women’s race, the former crossing the finish line first, in 3:41:53. As usual there were both raised hands of triumph and painful grimaces, as the athletes crossed the finish line with aching muscles and tired limbs. They proudly wore their completion medals around their necks, savouring the knowledge they had conquered the world’s most beautiful marathon.

For more on the race, you can browse the following stories:

2010 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon – a photo essay
More photographs of the 2010 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon
A spectacular Cape Town day for the 2010 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon

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