Most routes in Cape Town will be filled with bright colours this weekend as the iconic Totalsports Two Oceans Marathon is set to take place, with over 20 000 local and international participants expected to part take on the challenge once again.
As one of its premier annual events, the Totalsports Two Oceans Marathon is the Africa’s biggest running event by economic impact, contributing R672 million annually to the Western Cape economy. It has earned a reputation as the world’s most beautiful marathon.
This is the 53rd edition of the half and ultra-marathon since its incision in 1976 where only 26 first participated. Since then, the race has become a national institution and a firm favourite with all athletes.
In this year’s race, runners will begin the race in Newlands heading out towards Noordhoek, followed by the sea view from Chapman’s Peak, before the big climb up Suikerbossie Pass and eventually crossing the finish line at UCT rugby fields.
This event is one of the best in South Africa and it continues to attract strong fields and an increasing number of international entrants. En-route entertainment on the race day provides fun, excitement, and a unique experience to runners, family, friends, and spectators alike.
According to the Minister of Tourism, Patricia De Lille who warmly welcomed the participants, this marathon remains a bucket list item for most runners.
“This event works to empower and grow individuals and communities, values teamwork, relationships and building win-win partnerships as well as to embrace diversity and values the contribution of all its team members.” said Minister De Lille.
The minister further indicated the economic boost that comes with the marathon. She continued to encourage all runners and visitors to visit iconic and picturesque sights attractions and grab a Sho’t Left during their stay, to enjoy all the beauty and vibrancy Cape Town has to offer.
“Runners filter into town and tourists visit the local restaurants and popular running routes. The Western Cape is a melting pot of immersive tourism experiences with something for everyone.”
“From professional athlete to first-time participant, crowd support is always appreciated and for many, the unconditional cheering is what gets them through the race. With that said, I wish all runners good luck and may the inherent race spirit of camaraderie, courage and commitment prevail. On your marks, get set and go,” Minister de Lille said.