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Two Oceans Ultra Marathon

20-Apr-2019 Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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56KM / 35Miles
1 Day - 100 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Advanced  

This route, first established in 1970, is fully marshalled through Chapman’s Peak, Hout Bay and Constantia Nek. There is a qualifying criteria in place and a selection of qualifying races in South Africa and around the world for this event.

Cut-off time for this event is seven hours but there will be two partial cut-off times along the route. There is a full medical support team throughout the race and medical services will be provided at 9 designated spots along the route. No pacers allowed.

There are 25 aid points well stocked with drinks and snacks.

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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RunnersKnees

01:47 04-07-16

I was an ambassador for this race in 2015 and am going back in 2017 as the route was changed for the worse because of a bad bush fire. The Two Oceans is advertised as the world's most beautiful marathon. I ran the IFR and the Half that weekend and the feeling amongst the running community is superb. Early start, lots of climbs, very humid, water packets rather than bottles (so slippery underfoot) and a finish at CTU. I was disappointed with the disorganised finish area, but was very glad I had press parking as cars parked up the highway were being moved on by the police. Racewise though, I am looking forward to going back next year.

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Stormers

01:11 13-04-16

It was my 13th Two Oceans Ultra Marathon and back to the tradition route. It just something about running on Chapmans Peak what make you happy ever when you having a bad run which I had. The support was amazing as always the organizing was good a enough water tables but they do have a big problem with the tog bag system it took almost hour to get your tog bag but otherwise a beautiful race.

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Silvah

06:14 06-04-16

This year I ran the Two Oceans Marathon for the first time and my oh my...

They are not kidding when they say it's the worlds most beautiful race...

The view of Cape Town is breathe taking and every runner gets to experience the beauty of the Cape and it's culture...

The support is out of this world and you just keep going no matter how hard it may be due to the never ending support in the sides if the road...

A lovely race indeed. :-)

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Vlismas

03:41 06-04-16

An incredible race that does justice to its billing as the world's most beautiful marathon, and to its slogan this year to #runasone. A must run.

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KathrynH

03:34 06-04-16

Date run: 26th March 2016
This was my first Ultra and was a superb experience. Race pack collection took place at the three day Expo beforehand, and as an International runner I enjoyed the advantage of a separate queue, zero waiting. On race day the seeded start pens were well managed, and the race started exactly on time. The race is extremely well supported where the route allows; the first ascent up Chapman's Peak doesn't allow for spectators, however the support stations were generously manned and very vocal. Unbelievably a live swing band were playing at the top of the ascent, as if the phenomenal ocean views and the effort of the run weren't already delivering an unforgettable experience. Aid / water stations popped up every 2.5km, and the provision of salted baby new potatoes around the 26km mark was as welcome as it was unusual. The biggest challenges of this run for me were the downhill sections, the ever-changing camber of the roads (particularly in the final undulating 10k or so), and the cats eyes - I clocked more than a dozen runners with bleeding elbows and forearms, and cut faces, having come a cropper on the cats eyes! The race finish is fantastic, a crowd of 5000 people yelling you home into the University of Capetown sports grounds, and you cross three timing mats in fairly rapid succession - really exciting for any remote followers tracking you online, and also allows the race commentary team to give you a shout out. Plus if you have friends that have already finished, they know when to come out of the sheltered tent areas to cheer you to the finish. The only small criticism is of bag pick-up after the race. Queues were huge; organising collection in bib number groupings would have worked better, rather than one single queue and one collection point for all. Location of bag pick-up could have been better too - it was close to the finish line but the view was obstructed by massage tents. Queuing would have been a lot more palatable with a view of the finish, especially coming up the heartbreak 7hr cutoff. But this is a small grumble and pretty easy to remedy. You're never running alone in this event, the field was 11000 strong this year, but you don't ever feel boxed in, the route accommodates this volume of runners really well. The Two Oceans experience was outstanding, and I'll be back next year for sure.

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