On the Run in Cape Town
The world’s most beautiful marathon, our own Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon, takes place on 4 April 2015. Every year this event attracts thousands of competitors, seconds and spectators to enjoy luxury Cape Town accommodation, fine dining, and unforgettable attractions for the duration of the weekend and if you haven’t booked a spot yet, I’m afraid it must be too late.
The inaugural Two Oceans marathon took place in 1970 with just 26 contestants and since then it has grown in leaps and bounds to earn international acclaim and attract runners from all over the world.
The ultra-marathon is particularly arduous, and only recommended for the fittest athletes, but there are a number of lesser events taking place under the same banner over the weekend, such as the half marathon, trail runs and fun runs for the whole family.
The Trail Run is very popular, with both a 10km and a 22km route, both of which encompass the lower slopes of Devil’s Peak and the forests above UCT with their amazing views of the peninsula to admire along the way. Even the short route involves steep uphills and slippery descents, while the 22km track can only be described as ‘hectic’. It is quite amazing how many challenging obstacles can be squeezed into just 22 kilometres!
The feint of heart and not so fleet of foot, myself included, should stick to the family-friendly Fun Runs on the Friday, which include such novelties as the Nappy Dash (56m) and the Toddler’s Trot over 300m, along with more sedately paced 2.1km and 5.6 km runs.
Back to the main event: With about 11 000 runners expected to compete this year, the Two Oceans marathon is set to bring the traffic to a halt from the start at 6am on Main Road up to the finish at UCT’s Rondebosch campus around 1:30 pm. The route includes Dean Street in Newlands, Muizenberg, Fish Hoek, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay and Constantia Nek, and if the exertion isn’t enough to take your breath away, the views certainly will.
The Two Ocean’s Marathon is not all about mud, sweat and tears though, it is particularly festive event, with spectators lining the streets in droves to cheer the runners on, firing up their skottel braais for breakfast and enjoying a few cool drinks on the sidelines.
I certainly know which side of the danger tape I’d rather be on, have you ever taken part in this exhilarating event?
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