*Note that the information below reflects the Ou Kaapse Weg route for 2015.
Twenty five well-stocked refreshment stations along the 56km route
will ensure that every runner’s hydration needs are adequately catered for.
special station will be located at the start providing water, Coca-Cola, Powerade and Loobit.
The first official refreshment station is at the 3km mark, where only water and Coke will
Subsequent refreshment stations are spaced approximately 2,5km apart.
water is manufactured under strict hygienic conditions at K3 Water. Each batch
of water is tested and is then transported to a Cold Store Facility where the
water is sent through a Blast Chiller Room, allowing the water to reach 0°C and
then stored in a Holding Cold Room to maintain the temperature at 0°C . Over
and above the lab test, the water gets taste tested every week.
water and Powerade
will be provided throughout the race in 100ml plastic sachets (Booster Bags),
while Coca-Cola will
be served in 250ml plastic bottles.
As this is an ultra distance, we understand the need for that extra boost in terms of nutrition and morale. Potatoes, bananas, Bar-One
chocolates and other “morale boosters” will therefore be available at some stations.
Loobit anti-chafing cream will
be available at various points during the race.
Refreshment stations are spaced approximately 2,5km apart to ensure that all runners' hydration needs are catered for.
The World's Most Beautiful Marathon: In 2015, the Ultra Marathon route will run over Ou Kaapse Weg for safety reasons. This comes after the recent devastating fires that raged along Cape
Town’s Southern Peninsula caused significant damage to Chapman’s Peak’s
fragile vegetation, holding a safety risk for runners and volunteers.
The Ou Kaapse Weg detour route starts in Main Road, Newlands, and takes runners along the scenic South Peninsula route, through Fish Hoek and into Kommetjie. But, instead of heading towards Chapman’s Peak, runners will turn towards and over Ou Kaapse Weg, from where they will run along the leafy Spaanschemat River Road. They will then join the Half Marathon route at the Ladies Mile / Parish Road intersection before heading onto Southern Cross Drive to make their way back to the finish at UCT along Rhodes Drive and the M3.
It is the responsibility of each runner to know the route of their race. Traffic Police and race marshals will take all reasonable steps to ensure runners safety, however runners are responsible for their well-being at all times.
Note: Due to the cut-offs in place for the Half Marathon, the "merging" route from Ladies Mile will be clear for Ultra runners. The distance remains the same: 56 km (35 miles).
Brief Profile Description
The Ultra Marathon Route is actually quite flat for the first 28 kilometers, with the first big climb being the back of Ou Kaapse Weg. Instead of the Constantia Nek climb, runners will then be treated to the shorter Southern Cross Drive climb. Thereafter the route is undulating until the finish at UCT.
A route profile will be uploaded shortly.
56km Route Profile
(Route profile drawn by Dr Ross Tucker)
CLICK HERE to download the route in large format (approx 5 megs)
Runners who have not reached the following marks in the times specified will not be allowed to continue: 28km at 10:00 - Halfway, Noordhoek Main Road.
42,2km at 11:50 - Outside Four Season's Guest farm Hout Bay Main Road.
If you do not reach the cut-off points within the required time (7.5 min per KM), you will be asked to retire from the Race and leave the road. YOU MAY NOT CONTINUE RUNNING.
Athletes who fail to obey the race officials will be subject to disciplinary action and may be banned from participation in the Two Oceans Marathon in future. Transport will be provided at both the cut-off points to take the runners back to the Finish.
These points listed below are fully equipped to assist you through the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon. They are equipped to assist you with all minor medical problems, and are staffed by Physiotherapists and students to help with those aching muscles as you proceed along the route:
Opposite CCFM radio station, 52 Main Road, Muizenberg
Noordhoek Main Road
200m past the Top of Chapman's Peak
Car Park on Chapman's Peak Hotel Hout Bay
Opposite Four Seasons Guest House
Top of Constantia Nek
Kirstenbosch before Main Entrance
Newlands Forest Station
Click here for our interactive map (by MapIT) indicating medical stations, refreshment stations, kilometre markers and complete route.
There is a full support team on hand to deal with any emergency that may occur. EMS crews are patrolling the route to deal with any major problems, supported by response vehicles, pickup vehicles and radio marshals to monitor your progress during the race. In the event of a problem on the route, you will soon see the EMS crew arriving to assist. We have a fleet of vehicles that patrol the route to assist those who are unable to complete the race and ensure they are returned to UCT safely. The Information Centre will have information on runners admitted to the medical tent, or transferred to a hospital in the area. Families will NOT be allowed into the medical tent, as the medical team need the space to deal with the patients requiring treatment. There are a team of physiotherapists and first aiders to sooth those aching muscles at the Physio tent at the finish. Please feel free to visit the tent and have a welcome massage after your finish. The medical team are on hand for your safety – please enjoy the race, and we hope we do not have to see you!
Hints and Tips
A few important tips and hints from the medical tent: Make a note of the emergency number: 021 937-0324. For any medical emergency, call this number.If in any doubt about your health, consult your personal doctor before the race. If you have had influenza or Diarrhoea in the week before the race PLEASE visit your doctor or the race doctor before running. Don't take a chance with your health! IMPORTANT! Please fill in the details behind your race number, noting any allergies, problems as well as medical aid and contact details. If something happens this information could save your life! Watch your fluid intake. Ensure you drink enough while running "drink to your thirst", and keep cool if it is a hot day. Avoid discomfort by putting plasters on nipples, and Vaseline on areas that chafe BEFORE the race. Painkillers are NOT available during the race, for your own safety. Analgesics such as Panado/Nurofen can cause serious complications such as dehydration, and can even lead to renal failure. We recommend you do not take any painkillers prior to or during the race, for your own safety.
From the start runners will occupy the full width of the Main Road until Wynberg (at the Aliwal Road intersection ± 3.2km where the 21km runners will be turned right), then will be moved to the left side of the road. In Fish Hoek runners will be moved over to the right-hand side of the road. Please obey all marshals and traffic authorities.
The first 500 runners will take precedence over motor vehicles during the race; thereafter runners may be stopped by marshals at busy intersections. Marshals and traffic authorities must be obeyed, failing which you may be disqualified and disciplinary action taken.