Two Oceans Marathon 2024: Its History, Scenery and Where to Watch From

Two Oceans Marathon

Africa’s biggest running event, the famous Two Oceans Marathon (or, TOM), is an exciting race weekend that promises race day jitters, family day activities, beautiful scenery, excitement from start to finish and more.

This historic race, which has been taking place since 1970 and is now in its 53rd edition, draws thousands of local and international guests, supporters and fans alike. Run from the bottom of Dean Street, Newlands to the UCT rugby fields (Groote Schuur Estate), this stunning running race takes runners and supports on an incredible journey across the Mother City.

In this post, we share some historic facts about the Two Oceans Marathon, showcase its scenic route and look at where to watch and cheer on the 2024 entrants from.

An Overview of the Two Oceans Marathon’s History

Two Oceans Marathon’s History

Since the first edition of the Two Oceans Marathon on 2 May 1970 (although it was only officially named that in 1972), this Cape Town-based running race has come a long way and has firmly cemented itself in the hearts and minds of runners and supporters from the world over.

While the race was originally intended to be a training run for the perhaps more iconic
Comrades Marathon, it has turned itself into an annual attraction (usually synonymous with Easter weekend) that now attracts more than 9000 entrants. Not bad for a humble race beginning with just 26 runners and an entry fee of 50 cents back in 1970!

Today, the race is famously hailed as Africa’s biggest running event and has a huge impact on the Western Cape’s economy, contributing some R672 million to it annually.

But it’s not just about the economic impact this race has because the Two Oceans Marathon is now considered a weekend of family fun, exciting race moments and unique experiences for runners, their loved ones and of course, spectators to enjoy!

The 1970s saw some historic moments for the race — including the first female entrant, the first black entrants and winner and the first permanent blue number — and, since the 1980s to the more recent 2010s, the race has continued to grow in size, popularity and key moments! There have been last-gasp victories, many smashed records and even the wettest race in TOM history.

Read more about its historic moments here!

Iconic Cape Town Scenery

Running Marathon

What makes the race so memorable though is its spectacular scenery that gives both entrants and their supporters a first-hand glimpse of the Mother City’s natural beauty!

The Ultra Marathon (although there is also the Half Marathon and some excellent Fun Runs) takes runners and supporters from the heart of the Southern Suburbs through to Muizenberg, Kalk Bay, Noordhoek, along Chapman's Peak, Hout Bay, Constantia Nek, Newlands and everywhere in between before ending at UCT’s rugby fields.

Along the way, there’s ocean vistas, leafy suburbs and mesmerising mountain scenery to enjoy.

Where to Watch the Two Oceans Marathon In-Person

Running Cape Town

If you wish to show your in-person support, here’s a list of the best places to physically catch the TOM from:

  • Main Road Rondebosch: The start
  • Main Road – Rondebosch to Fish Hoek
  • Fish Hoek – Kommetjie Road
  • Main Road – Noordhoek
  • Chapman’s Peak
  • Hout Bay and The Marathon Mark, to the top of Constantia Nek
  • Constantia Nek – Ladies Mile/Parish Road
  • Southern Cross Drive
  • Cecilia Forest (along Rhodes Drive)
  • Kirstenbosch Gardens
  • UCT – Rondebosch: The finish line

If you wish to show your support, please ensure you:

  • are mindful of the road closures (you need to know where to park or walk to your spectator spots from);
  • do not litter (there are many bins provided along the route);
  • and pack a lovely picnic to keep your hunger in check!

For more information and tips, please see the official Supporter Guide here.

Stay at Our Tranquil Hout Bay Apartments

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While we are fortunate to be fully booked for 13 and 14 April 2024, including two with runners who are competing in this year’s race, remember that DK Villas is still the perfect place to stay if you wish to participate or cheer on next year’s race!

And, just because you’ve missed a stay with us for the race weekend itself, doesn’t mean you can’t book a soothing accommodation getaway with us either before or after all race frenzy has come and gone!

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Choose from our three family-friendly accommodation stays:

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Each apartment is wonderfully furnished with every necessary- and-luxury amenity, from secure parking to complimentary WiFi, DStv, handy appliances and more.

Our three apartments also offer their own uniquely scenic views that further enhance the specialness of your Hout Bay stay!

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For more information or to book our Hout Bay apartments, please visit their relevant accommodation page(s) on our website.