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Route for 56km

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The World's Most Beautiful Marathon: This year's route (the PURPLE line on the map) will be the same as the one used since 2004. Runners will veer off left onto Noordhoek Road (Chapman's Peak Drive) at the foot of Ou Kaapse Weg after passing through Sun Valley, and then head through Noordhoek and Hout Bay to Constantia Nek.

  • 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 Constantia Nek.

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 last year. 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

Two Oceans Ultra Marathon Route Map 2012
Alternative Map (click for more detail)

Interactive Map

Click here for our interactive map (by MapIT) indicating the route, kilometre markers, refreshment stations and medical points.

Virtual 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.

Route Profile

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)

Two Oceans Ultra Marathon Route Profile 2012
Alternative Profile (click for more detail)

Location Height
Start: Newlands 20m
Hout Bay 12m
Marathon mark 39m
Constantia Nek 215m
The Finish: UCT 85m

 

  • 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)

 

Course Measurement

 

Distance Location
Start At the bottom of Dean Street, Newlands, opposite SA Breweries
1 km Outside Shoprite/Standard Autobank, Main Road, Claremont
2 km Outside entrance to Crescent Clinic, 269 Main Road, Claremont
3 km Just before Hillbrow Road, opposite Kenilworth Church, Kenilworth
4 km Outside Lewis Stores, Main Road, Wynberg, before Piers Road
5 km Corner of Waterbury Road opposite Carisma Car Sales, Main Road, Plumstead
6 km Just after Wembley Road, 229 Main Road, Plumstead
7 km Outside Tramways Village before Schaay Road, Main Road, Diep River
8 km Corner of Roscommon Road and Main Road, Heathfield
9 km Just past Old Apolstolic Church, 163 Main Road, Bergvliet
10 km On corner of Station and Main Roads, Retreat
11 km Outside Pfizer, 241 Main Road, Retreat
12 km Outside Allens Car Hire, Main Road, Lakeside
13 km Opposite Lakeside Fire Station
14 km 50m past Sandvlei turnoff traffic lights
15 km 10m before No 25 Mbare House, Main Road, Muizenberg
16 km Outside the SAPS Museum, Main Road, Muizenberg
17 km 100m before St James pool, Main Road, St James
18 km 20m before pedestrian crossing at Dalebrook Pool, Kalk Bay
19 km Just past the Bible Institute Chapel, Main Road, Kalk Bay
20 km Just past Clovelly Road traffic light, Fish Hoek
21 km Outside AP Jones Store, Main Road, Fish Hoek
22 km 5m past Fix-a-pool, 9th Avenue, Kommetjie Road, Fish Hoek
23 km Outside 132 Kommetjie Road traffic lights, Fish Hoek
24 km Opposite 183 Kommetjie Road, Fish Hoek
25 km Corner of Corvette Avenue and Corsair Drive, Sun Valley
26 km 100m beyond turnoff to Service station after Louws Corner, Main Road, Noordhoek
27 km 400m before Nursery, Main Road, Noordhoek
28 km 300m past and opposite Noordhoek Veterinary Clinic, Main Road, Noordhoek
29 km 100m before Noordhoek Beach turn-off, Main Road, Noordhoek
NOTE Runners may run on either side of the road whilst on Chapman's Peak Drive
30 km Near top of little Chapman’s Peak
31 km Just around big corner above surfing spot (Noordhoek Beach), Chapman's Peak
32 km Under overhang 100m before tunnel, Chapman's Peak
33 km Last view site (now closed to public) before top of Chapman’s Peak
34 km 100m before first corner on descent, Chapman's Peak
35 km On corner at small stream, Chapman's Peak
36 km Opposite watervalletjie sign, Chapman's Peak Drive
37 km 100m past Toll Notice Board, Chapman's Peak
38 km Outside No 1 Chapman’s Peak Flats, Hout Bay
NOTE Runners remain on right hand side of the road when exiting Chapman's Peak Drive
39 km 30 metres past Caltex Garage, Main Road, Hout Bay
40 km Opposite “No Horse Riding” sign, Main Road, Hout Bay
41 km 30m past 1st Glennelan Farm entrance, Main Road, Hout Bay
42 km After cemetery before roadside shrubs, Main Road, Hout Bay
42.2 km 20m before Four Seasons Farm entrance, Main Road, Hout Bay
43 km Just before and opposite Dorman Way, Main Road, Hout Bay
44 km Just past Erf sign 4426, Greenwood Cottage, Main Road, Hout Bay
45 km 20 metres past Phantom Acres entrance, Main Road, Hout Bay
46 km 150 metres from top of Constantia Nek
47 km Just past Steenhuis on Rhodes Drive, Constantia
48 km 150m past Southern Cross Drive intersection, Rhodes Drive, Constantia
49 km Just past Duntaw Close, Rhodes Drive, Constantia
50 km ± 50m past last corner before Top Gate, Kirstenbosch
51 km Just past Kirstenbosch Service entrance, Rhodes Drive, Bishops Court
52 km Rose Street intersection with Rhodes Drive, Newlands
53 km Orange Street intersection with Rhodes Drive, Newlands
54 km Subway under Union Avenue just past Forest Station, M3 Newlands
55 km On turnoff to Rhodes Memorial and old zoo, M3 Rondebosch
56 km Finish on UCT rugby fields, Groote Schuur Estate
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