You are in South Africa and it is Easter – what can you be there for – undoubtedly it will be South Africa’s Two Ocean’s marathon which has been run in Cape Town since 1970.
It has been dubbed ‘the world’s most beautiful marathon’ as it is set in a very beautiful place – Cape Town, South Africa. The race starts in Newlands and runs south along the coast to Fish Hoek before turning right handed to Chapman’s Peak and again right handed under the Twelve Apostles and Table Mountain before the finish at the University of Cape Town.
There is both the ultra marathonn, a half marathon and fun runs which in 2008 attracted an entry field of in excess of 26,000 people of all ages. The two principle races are the ultra marathon of 56 kms, 38.5 miles, and the half marathon, 21 kms, and with the fun runs of 8, 5 and 2.5 kms – there is something for everyone. The ultra and half marathons attract an international field from around the world with the ultra marathon being won by a Zimbabwean in 2008 in a time of 3 hrs 13 mins, and the half marathon being won in a little over the hour mark (1:03) by another Zimbabwean.
Entries for the 2009 event, which will be held on Easter Saturday 11th April, are now open and should anyone require further information they should visit the official website http://www1.twooceansmarathon.org.za/ultra_marathon
Below is a video which begins to do justice to the race’s claim to be ‘the world’s most beautiful marathon’ – a marathon held on the Cape’s peninsula – we suggest you get yourself there and experience the atmosphere and environment, it is truly spectacular.