The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, due to take place on
Saturday 20 April, has been forced to change its Ultra route on advice from law
According to a statement released by race organisers on Friday morning, the decision to alter the route comes in the wake of a sobering meeting with the South African Police Services (SAPS).
During the priority meeting, credible concerns regarding runner safety were raised. All stakeholders in attendance were informed that the threat of disruptions along the Chapman’s Peak section of the Ultra marathon route needed to be taken into account.
Threat of ‘disruptions’ affect Two Oceans Marathon
While the exact cause of these ‘disruptions’ has not been divulged, due to the nature of the meeting and the stakeholders involved, the threats are, ostensibly, related to human elements rather than environmental concerns.
The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon NPC, has resolved to
divert the Chapman’s Peak route to Ou Kaapse Weg, saying:
“The Two Oceans Marathon NPC has, after comprehensive and careful consideration, implemented a route diversion for the 56km Ultra Marathon.
While this diversion affects the Ultra Marathon, it effectively also negates the possibility of hosting what would have been our inaugural Relay, meaning that there will be no Relay Race. Given the constraints on numbers, we will communicate personally with all Relay participants.”
It’s important to note that the alteration does not affect
the Half Marathon race, or route, in any way.
According to the NPC statement, the decision was influenced
by talks with SAPS, Provincial Government of the Western Cape, the City of Cape
Town, Disaster Management Services, Provincial Emergency Medical Services and
Cape Town Traffic.
This year’s Two Oceans Marathon marks the event’s 50th-anniversary celebrations and is expected to be the most well-attended race in the event’s history. Race organisers hoped that the change of plans would not dull the event’s commemorative shine, saying:
“We are confident that this route deviation will still live up to the promise of our milestone 50th marathon celebrations, and will consistently update you of the progress.”