The World's Most Beautiful Marathon: This year's route will be the same as the one used since 2004.
Start point : Main Road in Newlands.
Quarter way mark (14 km): In Lakeside, just past the Sandvlei turnoff.
Halfway mark (28 km): On Noordhoek Road before Chapman's Peak
Marathon mark (42.2 km): Near the cemetery on ConstantiaNek.
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.
Chapman’s Peak Drive re-opened in December 2003, nearly 4 years after the scenic road was closed because of dangerous rock falls. The new road includes a number of additional safety features, such as 1560 metres of high energy catch fences and two curved canopy structures totalling 81 metres in length. The construction costs were in excess of R157 million. The re-opening of this classic scenic road was welcomed by thousands of Two Oceans ultra marathon runners.
56 km: The route remains the same as usual. From the start in Newlands along the Main Road to Fish Hoek, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay, Constantia Nek, Rhodes Drive, and Union Avenue to the finish at UCT. An IAAF graded course measurer has certified the route. A sign will mark every kilometer of the route. The course is 56 km (35 miles).
Two Oceans Marathon Route Map
Click here to view the virtual route map as was set up by Bertus van Elburg. One can zoom in and out and see the route in comparison with other landmarks.
The Ultra Marathon Route is actually quite flat for the first 28 kilometers, and then starts to climb quickly as one approaches the start of Chapman's Peak. From Hout Bay, the route climbs again to the highest point at Constantia Nek. Thereafter the route is undulating until the finish at UCT.
56km Route Profile (click on pic to enlarge and to get more detail)
The Finish: UCT
Elevation of Chapman's Peak - 180 m over 5 km
Elevation of Constantia Nek - 215 m over 4 km
Elevation of Ou Kaapse Weg - 312 m over 7 km (by comparison)
At the bottom of Dean Street, Newlands, opposite SA Breweries
Outside Shoprite/Standard Autobank, Main Road, Claremont
Outside entrance to Crescent Clinic, 269 Main Road, Claremont
Just before Hillbrow Road, opposite Kenilworth Church, Kenilworth
Outside Lewis Stores, Main Road, Wynberg, before Piers Road
Corner of Waterbury Road opposite Carisma Car Sales, Main Road, Plumstead
Just after Wembley Road, 229 Main Road, Plumstead
Outside Tramways Village before Schaay Road, Main Road, Diep River
Corner of Roscommon Road and Main Road, Heathfield
Just past Old Apolstolic Church, 163 Main Road, Bergvliet
On corner of Station and Main Roads, Retreat
Outside Pfizer, 241 Main Road, Retreat
Outside Allens Car Hire, Main Road, Lakeside
Opposite Lakeside Fire Station
50m past Sandvlei turnoff traffic lights
10m before No 25 Mbare House, Main Road, Muizenberg
Outside the SAPS Museum, Main Road, Muizenberg
100m before St James pool, Main Road, St James
20m before pedestrian crossing at Dalebrook Pool, Kalk Bay
Just past the Bible Institute Chapel, Main Road, Kalk Bay
Just past Clovelly Road traffic light, Fish Hoek
Outside AP Jones Store, Main Road, Fish Hoek
5m past Fix-a-pool, 9th Avenue, Kommetjie Road, Fish Hoek
Outside 132 Kommetjie Road traffic lights, Fish Hoek
Opposite 183 Kommetjie Road, Fish Hoek
Corner of Corvette Avenue and Corsair Drive, Sun Valley
100m beyond turnoff to Service station after Louws Corner, Main Road, Noordhoek
400m before Nursery, Main Road, Noordhoek
300m past and opposite Noordhoek Veterinary Clinic, Main Road, Noordhoek
100m before Noordhoek Beach turn-off, Main Road, Noordhoek
Runners may run on either side of the road whilst on Chapman's Peak Drive
Near top of little Chapman’s Peak
Just around big corner above surfing spot (Noordhoek Beach), Chapman's Peak
Under overhang 100m before tunnel, Chapman's Peak
Last view site (now closed to public) before top of Chapman’s Peak
100m before first corner on descent, Chapman's Peak
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 Seasons 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:
Corner Main Road and Steenberg Road, Retreat
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
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.
Twenty five well-stocked refreshment stations along the 56km route
will ensure that every runner’s needs are adequately catered for.
A special station will be
located at the start providing water/Coke/Powerade and Loobit and the first
station is at the 3km mark, where only Water and Coke will be available. The
subsequent refreshment stations are 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.
Drinking water and Powerade
will be provided throughout the race in 100ml plastic sachets (Booster Bags),
while Coca-Cola will
be served in 200ml Coke cups. In addition, potatoes, bananas, Bar-One
chocolates and other “morale boosters” will be available at some stations.
Loobit anti-chafing cream will
be available at the start and at the 23km, 26km, 33km, 38km, 43.5km, 47.5km, and
Where possible, the
stations will be manned from both sides of the road but the stations are well
spread out to ensure that everyone is catered for.
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.