Two Oceans Marathon

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Finish of the Two Oceans Marathon at the University of Cape Town

The Two Oceans Marathon is a 56 km / 35-mile ultramarathon and 21 km half-marathon held annually in Cape Town, South Africa on the Saturday of the Easter weekend.

Known globally as "the world's most beautiful marathon",[1] the race is run against a backdrop of spectacular scenery through the Cape Peninsula.

Both races start in Newlands. The Ultra Marathon follows a more or less circular route through Muizenberg, Fish Hoek, over Chapman's Peak, through Hout Bay and Constantia Nek, and eventually finishes at the University of Cape Town campus. On occasions when Chapman's Peak Drive has been closed due to construction or rock falls, the Ultra Marathon has followed an alternative route over Ou Kaapse Weg.

The Half Marathon takes runners along Edinburgh Drive (the M3 highway), before turning into forest roads past Kirstenbosch (where runners meet up with Ultra Marathon participants) and finishing at the University of Cape Town campus.

Since its inaugural edition in 1970, the event has grown. Selling out every year, the Half Marathon sees some 16,000 participants (making it the biggest half marathon in South Africa), while 11,000 athletes tackle the 56 km Ultra Marathon.

In addition to the main events, other events take place the day before (Good Friday):

  • Approximately 6 000 runners - including toddlers and young children with their families - take part in various fun runs
  • Approximately 1 000 trail runners traverse the trails of the Table Mountain National Park
  • International participants get to run a scenic 5 km route along the Sea Point promenade as part of the International Friendship Run

The 2020 edition of the race was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[2]



Key:   Course record

Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
2020 cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic[2]
2017  Namakoe Nkhasi[3] (LES) 1:03:15  Irvette van Zyl[3] (RSA) 1:13:53
2016  Namakoe Nkhasi (LES) 1:03:38  Irvette van Zyl (RSA) 1:13:14
2015  Stephen Mokoka (RSA) 1:04:00  Lebogang Phalula (RSA) 1:14:48
2014  Stephen Mokoka (RSA) 1:04:16  Diana Lebo Phalula (RSA) 1:14:00
2013  Stephen Mokoka (RSA) 1:03:36  Meseret Mengistu (ETH) 1:12:43
2012  Xolisa Tyali (RSA) 1:04:52  René Kalmer (RSA) 1:15:02
2011  Lusapho April (RSA) 1:03:59  Helalia Johannes (NAM) 1:11:57
2010  Lusapho April (RSA) 1:03:54  René Kalmer (RSA) 1:12:39
2009  Stephen Mokoka (RSA) 1:03:42  Helalia Johannes (NAM) 1:13:34
2008  George Majaji (ZIM) 1:03:31  Mamorallo Tjoka (LES) 1:15:04
2007  Willy Kariuku Mwangi (KEN) 1:03:05  Helalia Johannes (NAM) 1:13:16
2006  Cuthbert Nyasango (ZIM) 1:02:54  Helalia Johannes (NAM) 1:13:35
2005  Hendrick Ramaala (RSA) 1:03:26  Mamorallo Tjoka (LES) 1:15:58
2004  Elijah Mutandiro (RSA) 1:04:02  Ronel Thomas (RSA) 1:16:46
2003  Luwis Masunda (ZIM) 1:03:46  Charné Rademeyer (RSA) 1:15:48
2002  Josia Thugwane (RSA) 1:04:15  Charné Rademeyer (RSA) 1:15:27
2001  Zacharia Mpolokeng (RSA) 1:05:53  Charné Rademeyer (RSA) 1:17:37
2000  Elijah Mutandiro (ZIM) 1:05:31  Kirsty Weir (RSA) 1:18:24
1999  Elijah Mutandiro (ZIM) 1:04:35  Theresa du Toit (RSA) 1:19:53
1998  Makhosonke Fika (RSA) 1:05:35  Gwen Griffiths-van Lingen (RSA) 1:17:01


  1. ^ Hamlett, Alison (2008-08-20). 20 Races to do before you die. Runner's World. Retrieved on 2011-04-29.
  2. ^ a b c d
  3. ^ a b c d "Gongqa, Damantsevich win Two Oceans Marathon titles".
  4. ^ "Two Oceans winner loses title". 2013-12-05.

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