April 20, 2011
Two Oceans Marathon 2011: Runners and road closures
The 2011 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon takes place in Cape Town on Saturday, starting from Main Road in Newlands at 06h25. The 56km ultra marathon and the 21km half-marathon both end at University of Cape Town, which like Newlands, is in the Southern Suburbs.
Some 23 000 runners have entered this year’s Two Oceans Marathon and according to a recent press release, eight of last year’s top 10 men have entered, including last year’s winner Mabhutile Lebopo, runner-up Moeketsi Mosuhli and third-placed Teboho Sello all coming from Lesotho. The top male and female runners in the 56km event will each bank R250 000, following a 50% increase in prize money from last year.
The Two Oceans Marathon is known as “The world’s most beautiful marathon” because of the scenery along the route. In the 56km event, competitors head south to Muizenberg, run along the coastline to Fish Hoek, cut across the peninsula toward Chapman’s Peak and then head back to the finish line via Hout Bay and Constantia. Competitors in the 21km event remain in the Southern Suburbs, but still experience some beautiful natural surrounds, passing through areas like Kirstenbosch.
Spectators are advised to arrive early at their preferred viewing site.
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A number of roads in and around Cape Town will be closed to accommodate the 2011 Two Oceans Marathon. All roads are, however, expected to be open as normal from 14h00 on Saturday.
Please note that Chapman’s Peak Drive will be closed from 07h00 until 12h00 and that no spectators will be allowed along this section.
For a full list of road closures, download the PDF below.
For more logistical information about the event, visit the Two Oceans Marathon website.
The video below captures some of the highlights of the 2010 event.