Coined as the ‘world’s most beautiful marathon’, the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon’s stunning views delight participants and spectators alike. For the runners that toil up the final stretch at Union Avenue, encouragement from the spectators standing on the side of the road goes a long way to getting them across the finish line.
Rowyn James, Old Mutual Two Oceans Race Director encourages spectators to cheer on the athletes running the Half and Ultra
Marathon at any of the following spots:
M3 (Edinburgh Drive)
Watch the Half Marathon runners on fresh legs and feel their excitement and nerves by sitting somewhere along the M3, which is accessible from various feeder roads. Supporters are scarce at this early hour so your support will be much appreciated.
If you are supporting those fit and fast enough to take part in the 56km Ultra Marathon, these best spots to watch from include:
Fish Hoek – Kommetjie Road
This section is famous for its fantastic atmosphere during the race. The stretch along Kommetjie Road is perfect for spotting friends or loved ones and to give them encouragement for the 34kms that still need to be conquered.
Noordhoek Village – start of Chapman’s Peak
Local residents must preferably access this area (Main Road) on foot, or relax at any of the pubs or restaurants on the roadside while they watch the runners speed by. Here the runners steel themselves for the big climb along 9km of the world’s most beautiful road – Chapman’s Peak.
After the long climb runners are exhausted so the refreshment stop and spectator support provides a much-needed boost for the last 10km. Old Mutual is providing a Supporter Zone with grandstand seating, a big screen to follow the whole race, live race commentary, music and giveaways – all in conjunction with CapeTalk 567. Bring a picnic and enjoy the atmosphere.
Wondering where to go if you are supporting your family and friends doing the 21km Half Marathon?
Southern Cross Drive
This section is where the runners need you most. The race has reached the half way mark as it climbs 160m over 3km. It’s tough for runners but the shade provided by the trees on this road makes it a lovely spot for supporters to set up camp. At the adidas Zone on top of Southern Cross Drive, you’ll find Bryan Habana, Guy McDonald and TOM the Two Oceans Marathon penguin mascot cheering on the runners and providing plenty of entertainment.
Get to any of the spots below where the Half and the Ultra Marathon routes then meet up. Bring your best cheering voice to get the runners through the last slog. The below spots often prove to be the more popular spots and getting there early is essential and as it’s the last slog for the runners, supporters’ energy is always appreciated by runners.
The waterpoint at Kirstenbosch Gardens is always a hive of activity and is accessible from Kirstenbosch Drive off Edinburgh Drive. Many spectators arrive early enough to find a spot on the lawns from where they can see the front runners of the Half and the Ultra speeding past. Old Mutual will provide grandstand seating, a big screen, music and live commentary. 94.5kfm’s Ground Patrol team will be on site providing live entertainment and handing out giveaways throughout the day.
Union Avenue towards UCT
This is also a very popular spot for supporters as runners make their way to the home stretch. Many participants will need all the encouragement they can get as they climb the last uphill to the finish line.
UCT Rugby Fields
There is a fantastic atmosphere on the fields of South Africa’s oldest university. Supporters are crammed on either side of the finish area, with many runners saying that this stretch is the best part of the race!
Remember to stay positive on the side lines. The more fun you have, the better it is for the runners. Important to note is not to cross the road in front of a speeding runner – runners get into a rhythm and you will not be popular if you interrupt them. Getting to a spot early will guarantee a good view of the participants.
For a comprehensive list of all the road closures please visit www.twooceansmarathon.org.za.