The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon

In Articles, Latest News by Bianca MacDonald

The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon has a series of races that takes place over 2 days in Cape Town.
The Two Oceans Marathon consisted only of the ultra-marathon when it was first run in 1970 and saw only 26 runners at the starting line.

Since then, the 21 kilometer half-marathon has been introduced and has significantly outranked the ultra-marathon in popularity, attracting thousands of runners from all over South Africa and the world every year. The event now attracts close to 26 000 participants over the various distances.

The annual Two Oceans Marathon challenges road runners to a grueling 56 kilometer ultra-marathon race along one of the most scenic coastal routes in Cape Town.
The marathon provides a great day out for competitive runners as well as those running for fun. Participants can choose from various distances – the 56km ultra marathon or popular 21km half marathon and the 5km or 2.5km fun runs.

This year, The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon takes place in Cape Town on 30 and 31 March 2018.
On the race day, there is entertainment that provides a fun, exciting, and a unique experience to runners, family, friends, and spectators.

The Two Oceans Marathon is a fantastic way for corporate groups to give back to the community.
Find out more info at http://www.twooceansmarathon.org.za/.

Car Hire over the Two Oceans Marathon

Are you travelling to Cape Town for The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon? At Around About Cars we have a large fleet of rental cars to suit your needs whilst you are visiting.

For non-Capetonians who will be staying in the Mother City over this time period, there are many must-see attractions and tourist hotspots that can be visited during any free time surrounding the race. We offer the cheapest rentals guaranteed as well as unlimited kilometers.
Renting a car during the Two Oceans provides the best possible means of getting around, as it allows one the freedom and flexibility to do some independent sightseeing.

Road Closures for the 2018 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon

When athletes take to the streets for the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon on 30 and 31 March 2018, drivers run the risk of being caught in traffic or falling victim to roundabout detours.

To keep up-to-date of where NOT to drive or park for a smooth-sailing weekend in Cape Town, check out our overview of road closures and associated timings below.
Note: Road closures and parking restrictions will be in full effect from the early Friday morning to midnight on Saturday, 31 March 2018.

ROAD CLOSURES FOR THE 2018 OLD MUTUAL TWO OCEANS ULTRA MARATHON (56KM)

Race Start Time: 6:30am on 31 March 2018

AFFECTED ROADS CLOSURE TIME
MAIN ROAD, NEWLANDS
Between Klipper Rd and Letterstedt Road, Claremont
4am – 6:45am
MAIN ROAD: NEWLANDS TO PLUMSTEAD, BOTH CARRIAGEWAYS
From Letterstedt Rd to Gabriel Rd. Athletes will be moved from both sides of the road to the left at Gabriel Road
6:30am – 8:15am
MAIN ROAD: MUIZENBERG TO FISH HOEK
Motorists travelling south and north will be diverted over Boyes Drive to Clairvauz Road and then a stop – go system to Clovelly Road. Traffic travelling to and from Kommetjie / Simon’s Town Roads through Fish Hoek will be diverted via Beach Road
7am – 9:15am
KOMMETJIE ROAD: FISH HOEK
From Main Road to Corsair Way, Sun Valley, motorists to share westbound (direction Kommetjie) lane. Runners use eastbound lane. Drive with caution.
7am – 9:30am
CORSAIR WAY: Sun Valley 7am – 10am
OU KAAPSE WEG
Southbound (direction Fish Hoek) closed between Steenberg and Noordhoek Roads. Northbound traffic diverted via Buller Louw. Stop – go system for both runners and cars from 9:30am. Expect Delays.
7am – 9:30am
NOORDHOEK MAIN ROAD
Northbound lane closed. Traffic to share southbound lane.
7am – 10:30am
SILVERMINE ROAD
From Village Lane to Noordhoek Main Road
7am – 10:30am
CHAPMAN’S PEAK DRIVE
Chapman’s Peak Drive will be closed to traffic from 3:30am. Spectators permitted to enter from Hout Bay to the various picnic spots from the Hout Bay side only until 7am.
3:30am – 12pm
HOUT BAY MAIN ROAD
From Chapman’s Peak to Victoria Road Circle. Traffic coming into Hout Bay will be detoured away from Victoria Road Circle to Valley and then Disa River roads. Runners will be on the northbound lane (direction Cape Town).
7:30am – 11:30am
HOUT BAY ROAD
From Victoria Road Circle to Disa River Road will be  totally closed to traffic. Runners will be in the eastbound lane (direction Constantia Nek).
7:45am – 12pm
HOUT BAY ROAD
From Disa River Road to Constantia Nek, a convoy system for motorists will operate under the direction of the traffic department. Runners will be in eastbound lane (direction Constantia Nek).
7:45am – 12:15pm
RHODES DRIVE: CONSTANTIA NEK TO CANTERBURY ROAD CIRCLE
Both directions
5:30am – 1pm
RHODES DRIVE: CANTERBURY ROAD CIRCLE TO UNION AVE
Traffic may only travel south. Runners will be in lane heading towards Cape Town. Please note that Kirstenbosch Gardens Restaurant will be accessible to the public.
6:30am – 1pm
M3 – UNION AVENUE: RHODES DRIVE/NEWLANDS AVE TO UCT
Left lane will be coned off for athletes; right lane will remain open at all times for motorists travelling towards Cape Town. Please drive cautiously. Do note that Rhodes Memorial Restaurant will be accessible to the public.
6:30am – 2pm

Traffic going to the city from the False Bay areas will be diverted through Fish Hoek along Main Road to Kalk Bay and then along Boyes Drive to Lakeside; from there, drivers will be directed to the M3 (the Blue Route).

Note that the M3 north-bound lane will remain open to traffic for the duration of the event, and delays can be expected during the 2018 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon. Motorists are asked to avoid using all roads leading to the race route and to comply with the directions given by traffic officers and marshals. Road signs will be in place during the week leading up to the race, advising of all road closures.

ROAD CLOSURES FOR THE 2018 OLD MUTUAL TWO OCEANS HALF MARATHON (21.1KM)

Race start time: 6am on 31 March 2018.

AFFECTED ROADS CLOSURE TIME
MAIN ROAD, NEWLANDS
Between Klipper Rd and Letterstedt Road, Claremont
4am – 6:45am
PROTEA ROAD
Between Main Road and the M3 NB: There will be no access to the M3 via Protea Road & Newlands Road
5:30am – 6:45am
KENDAL ROAD
Between Spaanschemat River Road & Edison Road
5:30am – 8am
SPAANSCHEMAT RIVER ROAD
From Doorddrift Road to Ladies Mile Extension
5:30am – 8am
LADIES MILE EXTENSION
Between Spaanschemat River Road & Constantia Main Road
6am – 8am
PARISH ROAD, CONSTANTIA 6:15am – 8:30am
SOUTHERN CROSS DRIVE
From Hermina Ave to Rhodes Drive
6:15am – 9am
RHODES DRIVE
From Constantia Nek to Canterbury Road Circle
5:30am – 1pm
RHODES DRIVE
From Canterbury Road Circle to Union Ave, traffic may only travel south. Runners will be in lane heading towards Cape Town (their left). Please note: Kirstenbosch Gardens & Restaurant will be accessible to the public
6:30am – 2pm

Residents in the following areas are requested not to park along the route and to use alternative side streets for the duration of the race:

  • Between Klipper and San Souci Roads
  • Protea Road from the Main Road to Edinburgh Drive (M3)

 

Bianca is a 3rd year Digital Marketing student at Vega School and the Marketing Intern for Around About Cars.