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April 14, 2009

Two Oceans Marathon: Fun Facts

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Two Oceans Marathon 2009, photo courtesy Craig Pitchers

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Two Oceans Marathon 2009, photo courtesy Craig Pitchers

This past Easter weekend saw the running of the 40th Two Oceans Marathon with a total of nearly 20 000 runners hitting the roads of a beautiful, sunny Cape Town – 6 701 people entered the 56km event, and a whopping 11 213 entered the half marathon.

Here are some fun facts about the event, published in the official race programme:

Number of men running (total runners including ultra and half): 12 242
Number of women running (total runners including ultra and half): 7 619
Overseas country with most runners: United Kingdom (143 total in both events)
Total number of runners from outside South Africa: 820 (total in both events
Water sachets used: 750 000
Powerade sachets: 180 000
Coca Cola: 39 690 litres
Ice: 30 tons
Volunteers: 3 000
Portable toilets: 151
Bananas: 300kg
Cardboard waste bins: 500
Prize money: R150 000 to first man and woman in the ultra; R20 000 to each man and woman in the half.
Course records: Thompson Magawana (1988): 3:03:44; Frith van der Merwe: 3:30:36 (1989)
2009 winners:
Men’s race: John Wachira: 3:10:06
Women’s race: Elena Nurgalieva: 3:40:43

Check individual results and more about the “world’s most beautiful marathon” on the official Two Oceans website, www.twooceansmarathon.org.za

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