Two Oceans Marathon 2023: Africa’s Biggest Running Event and World’s Most Beautiful Marathon

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Two Oceans Marathon

The Two Oceans Marathon is one of Africa’s most significant running events and the world’s most beautiful marathon. The event is scheduled to occur on the 15th and 16th of April, 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa. The marathon comprises a 56 km Ultra Marathon and a 21 km Half Marathon, both of which offer runners a chance to experience the stunning natural beauty of the Cape Peninsula.

The Ultra Marathon and Half Marathon Routes

The Ultra Marathon route follows a circular path through Muizenberg and Fish Hoek, over Chapman’s Peak and Constantia Nek, before culminating at the University of Cape Town campus. If Chapman’s Peak Drive is closed, the Ultra Marathon takes an alternative route over Ou Kaapse Weg. The Half Marathon takes runners along Edinburgh Drive before passing Kirstenbosch and finishing at the University of Cape Town campus.

Growing Participation

Since its inception in 1970, the Two Oceans Marathon has significantly grown in popularity with each passing year. The Half Marathon alone attracts 16,000 participants, making it the most significant event in South Africa. Meanwhile, 11,000 athletes tackle the grueling 56 km Ultra Marathon.

Fun Runs and Trail Runs

In addition to the primary events, various fun runs and trail runs take place the day before the primary races, attracting approximately 6,000 runners, including toddlers and young children with their families. International participants also get to participate in a scenic 5 km route along the Sea Point promenade as part of the International Friendship Run.


The race is open to international entrants; however, it is unfortunately not available to residents of South Africa. To enter, runners must qualify by running a standard IAAF (ASA in South Africa) affiliated marathon or race longer than 42.2 km that is officially timed and measured. If running a 42.2 km qualifying race, a sub-5:00 time is required. Further details on qualifying times can be found on the TOM website.

Join Team Africa Marathons

For those interested in joining Team Africa Marathons, please email or ring +44 1932 361807 (UK) +1 844 390 1798 (USA) +44 (0)7791360170 (Rob).

Cape Town Today encourages runners and outdoor enthusiasts alike to join the Two Oceans Marathon 2023 and witness firsthand the stunning natural beauty of the Cape Peninsula.

Environmentalist and Outdoor Enthusiast. Amanda is a nature-loving, energetic, and enthusiastic environmentalist who has dedicated her life to exploring and protecting Cape Town's stunning natural landscapes. She is an experienced hiker, wildlife enthusiast, and advocate for sustainable tourism.

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