Route Info

Route Info

Two Oceans Marathon Trail Run Series

Two Oceans Marathon Trail Run Series

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Long Course Run (24km)

TRAIL GRADE: Green B

The Two Oceans Marathon Trail Run Series kicks off with this brand-new 24km route, specifically designed by expert curators for and with TOM. From the magnificent Imhoff Sports Complex, we duck under the M3 and enter into the enchanting Newlands Forest via the Groote Schuur Estate (3km).

We cruise the magnificent Newlands forest trails here as we warm up for the big climb up Newlands’s Ravine starting at 12km.

Then we exit the forest and head for the wind-blown saddle between Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak (13km), before dropping down to Saddle Rock.  From here we traverse above Pine Gully before dropping down Saddle Path and along the Upper Contour Path to link up with the Lower Traverse.  It’s a hand-brake turn at 15,5km as we make our way back towards Opelskop and onward to the King’s Blockhouse (20km).

From the King’s Blockhouse it’s downhill all the way through Newlands Forest, below the underpass and into the finish.

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Short Course Run (13km)

TRAIL GRADE: Orange 8A

Once again this is a brand-new route for the inaugural Two Oceans Marathon Trail Run Series.

From the start at the magnificent Imhoff Sports Complex, we duck under the M3 and enter into the Groote Schuur Estate (3km).

From here, we head towards Plumpudding Hill, before making a turn and climbing up to just below the King’s Blockhouse.  Here we pick up the spectacular contour path and traverse past First and Second Waterfall Ravine, Papenboom Ravine and Dark Gorge; before hanging a sharp left at Nursery Ravine and linking up with the Woodcutter’s Trail deep inside the indigenous Newlands Forest.

After crossing the Newlands Stream for the second and final time, it’s a final 2km downhill burn through Newlands Forest, below the underpass and into the finish.

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Long Course Run (20km)

TRAIL GRADE: Yellow 9A

A brand-new trail running area, the Nuwejaars Wetland’s claim to extraordinary fame is that contained within the 46 000 hectares of this Special Management Area (or SMA) is South Africa’s largest natural freshwater lake in South Africa, called Soetendalsvlei.

This pioneering running route, especially curated for the inaugural Two Oceans Marathon Trail Run Series, takes you in a loop around Voelvlei, one of the two biggest wetlands linking in with the larger system. See if you can spot the hippos in the water!

At the southern end, we climb up a low hill to get views of the Southernmost tip of Africa and the true union of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

We then descend to link up with various game trails along the edge of Voelvlei and make our way back to the finish at the Black Oystercatcher.

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Short Course Run (12km)

TRAIL GRADE: Yellow 9A

Visit the 46 000 hectares of this Special Management Area (or SMA) and Soetendalsvlei, South Africa’s largest natural freshwater lake in South Africa, encase in this brand-new trail running area.

This pioneering running route, especially curated for the inaugural Two Oceans Marathon Trail Run Series, takes you in a loop around Voelvlei, one of the two biggest wetlands linking in with the larger system. See if you can spot the hippos in the water!

After linking up various game trails along the edge of Voelvlei, we make our way back to the finish at the Black Oystercatcher.

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Long Course Run (29km)

TRAIL GRADE: Green 8B

We kick off this route with a very unusual start! Almost immediately we do a bridge crossing over the Kleinmond Lagoon and run a short section of soft sand on Kleinmond beach, before scampering onto the lagoon side boardwalk to get back across the estuary. A fun sequence of underpasses, backyard trails and canal bridges gets us onto the private farm called Heuningklip (1,7km).

A short up and over gets us deep into private ground and into a beautiful valley tucked away from view (5km). From here,it’s a steady climb up to Highlands (11,7km), banking a big chunk of the climb (550m accumulative). We undulate through Highlands before entering the Kogelberg Nature Reserve (Cape Nature) at their Highlands entrance (15,8km).

Here there will be a welcome aid station and medical support. More rolling hills along the Perdeberg Trail gets us to the highest point on this route at 21,7km (934m accumulative). From her, it’s a steep descent to Spook Nek (22,7km), followed by a magnificent downhill romp along the contour trail to the end of the mountain trails at 27,5km.

A mere 1,5km of Kleinmond tarmac and a wet culvert now separates you from the finish line.

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Short Course Run (16km)

TRAIL GRADE: Green 8B

From the banks of the Kleinmond Lagoon, we zig-zag our way through the coastal streets of Kleinmond to get onto the magnificent coastal path heading West towards the Palmiet Estuary.

Near the mouth of the Palmiet Estuary (4km) we turn and follow the East bank of the Palmiet River, until we pass under the road bridge at 5.8km. From here, we head up into the mountains, passing Castle Rocks and turning onto a stunning traverse along the 230m contour (7.6km). After a short respite it’s up we go again, using ‘Dot’s Dash’ to gain ‘Spook Nek’ (10.5km).

After Spook Nek there is a short descent before a short sharp climb to gain the highest point (11.7km), on a peak called Three Sisters (634m peak height).  The good news is that all the climbing is over and it’s downhill all the way back to the finish line, starting with a fun technical ridge line run along the Three Sisters spine that links up with the two other smaller peaks that give the ridge line its name.

The mountain trail ends at 14.5km and it’s just the final sprint through the back streets of Kleinmond, and a duck under a wet culvert that remains to get you over the line.

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