Two Oceans Marathon

The Two Oceans Marathon has been dubbed "The most beautiful ultra-marathon in the world." Photo © Cape Town Tourism

The Two Oceans Marathon has come a great distance since its humble beginnings more than 40 years ago, when 26 eager runners took to the starting line for the inaugural 58,7km (36,5mi) race. Since that first race, in 1970, the Two Oceans Marathon has grown exponentially. Due to the beautiful, if arduous, course, it's been dubbed "The world's most beautiful ultra-marathon."

Since that first race, in 1970, the Two Oceans Marathon has grown exponentially, with well over 20 000 runners pounding the pavements of the Cape each year in the various races that today make up the Two Oceans.

The ultra-marathon, an arduous 56km (34,8mi) tour around the Cape Peninsula, has been dubbed "The world's most beautiful ultra-marathon" because the route is so beautiful.

Runners can also participate in the 21,1km (13mi) half-marathon.

The annual event also features an 8km (5mi), 5km (3mi) or 2,5km (1,5mi) fun run for other keen runners, as well as a “Nappy Dash” and 300m “Toddlers’ Trot” for kids under the age of six.

The Two Oceans typically starts in the leafy suburb of Newlands and finishes on the rugby fields of the University of Cape Town.

The famous race sees runners passing through the coastal towns of Fish Hoek and Kalk Bay, following the curve of the stunning Chapman’s Peak Drive around Hout Bay and heading past Constantia Nek towards the finish line.

The beautiful but strenuous tour of the Cape is popular with local and international runners alike, all eager to break the 3:03:44 men’s and 3:30:36 women’s records.

And while the real prize is crossing the finish line with all limbs intact, a prize of R150 000 goes to the first man and woman in the ultra-marathon and R20 000 goes to the winners of the half-marathon.

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