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Overall Rating (2 Reviews)
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The world’s most beautiful marathon – 56km Ultra Marathon around the Cape Peninsula, since 1970. This year’s Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon will remain on the traditional route via Chapman’s Peak, Hout Bay and Constantia Nek (unless deemed unsafe by authorities in which case the Ou Kaapse Weg route (prior … MORE
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    mel.mentz FIRST-TIMER '18

    It truly is the worlds most beautiful. Registration process was poor this year but all else super smoothly executed. Cant wait to go back. Support along the road is incredible. MORE

    It truly is the worlds most beautiful.

    Registration process was poor this year but all else super smoothly executed.

    Cant wait to go back. Support along the road is incredible.

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    5
    SWAG
    5

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    JoJoRunner FIRST-TIMER '17

    First: I thought the webpage is a little confusing with all the coloured icons so let me clarify: the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon (OMTOM) is a 2-day running event. … MORE

    First: I thought the webpage is a little confusing with all the coloured icons so let me clarify: the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon (OMTOM) is a 2-day running event. The registration usually opens between October and December and one has to register in a specific period in order to enter the lottery and to get one of 17.000 spots for the half; the full (which is technically an Ultra at 56km) is a little more easy to get into. Race day was Saturday. On Friday there was a 12k and 24k trail, a 5.6k fun run and at the waterfront an international friendship run where runners could run with their national flags to demonstrate the plurality of the field.

    To get to the start line you d either have to get a lift or pre purchase a parking ticket for the provided parkings space at various school/ university campuses. The traffic in the morning (at 4am) was aweful. My gps said 12 minutes- took me 55. The start per se is organised very well. The halfmarathoners in 5 corals start in front and a bit ahead of time to the ultras (strict coral enforcement) the start for the had at 6am was in complete darkness (well for parts the roads had street lights, but not everywhere on the highway that led out of town). At around 6:45 the sun started setting and I could see more of the sourrounding but that was my 10k “turning point” when the hilly roads brought us back into town to the finish at Capetown University. enough supply with water/ isotonics/ Cola, numerous spectators and some marching bands along the way. However, the real beauty (self proclaimed most beautiful marathon in the world) is further out and for the ultras…. when you run on the coastal roads looking to the ocean(s).
    The finish had drinks but no (free) food, but street food stands to buy stuff. Shuttles to the parking lots and going home was easy on empty roads.
    The OMTOM is a big event for the town. Organise your accommodation ahead of time. Plan some time for the expo (very crowded); check that you got everything in your bag (I did not have my number for the friendship run and had to queue at the trouble shooting desk) and I ll be back for the full experience…

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    M_Sohaskey Apr 21, 2017 at 12:35pm

    Sounds like the logistics here almost rivaled a World Marathon Major! Appreciate the tips Johannes, from what you say the ultra distance sounds like the way to go. We'll be in Cape Town this summer, so would love to hear more too about your shark diving adventures when you have a chance – which company you chose and how you liked it. Thanks for another great review!

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