Easter Sunday and it is the 2017 Two Oceans Marathon


  1. The first race was run in 1970. The entry fee was 50 cents. 15 out 26 runners finished the race. Dirkie Steyn won the race in 3:55:50. He ran barefoot!
  2. 1972 the event is officially called the Two Oceans Marathon, having begun life as the Celtic 35-mile (56km) Road Race.
  3. The first woman to run and finish the race was Ulla Paul in 1975. She completed the event in 5:14:51.
  4. On 2 April 1988, Thompson Magawana breaks two world records and establishes a course record for the Two Oceans of 3:03:44. This record time has yet to be equalled or bettered.
    This year he also betters the world best time for the 30-mile/50-kilometer distance.
  5. Frith van der Merwe won the Two Oceans in 1989 in 3:30:36. This record has yet to be equalled or bettered. She went on to win the Comrades Marathon later the same year where she was placed 13th overall.

  1. Two Oceans now has 26 000 participants taking part in one of the 5 events. The 56km Ultramarathon, 21km half marathon, 5km and 2,5km fun run and a trail run.
  2. There are 25 well-stocked refreshment stations along the 56km route. 18 000 litres of Powerade are drunk on the day.
  3. Two-thirds of the Ultra Marathon participants come from outside the Western Cape.
  4. Two oceans is now globally known as “the world’s most beautiful marathon”.
  5. Cape Town city estimates an influx of 100 000 visitors over race weekend. This will bring the City an estimated R670 million.

You are braver than you believe,
You are stronger than you seem,
You are smarter than you think.
– Winnie the Pooh

For all those running any one of the Two Ocean events GOODLUCK If not we wish you all a Happy Easter weekend. Relax and enjoy.