One of South Africa’s most pre-eminent road races, the iconic and globally recognised Two Oceans Ultra Marathon, is set to take place on 16 and 17 April 2022. This comes after a two-year hiatus as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the imposed restrictions under the Disaster Management Act.
Here at Africa Marathons, we are hard at work with the Two Oceans Marathon NPC to get our international travel packages together so that we can welcome back participants from all over Africa and the world. The 56km Two Oceans Ultra Marathon, which takes runners along the spectacular panoramic Chapman’s Peak, is a jewel event in the Western Cape. This event generates up to R672 million for the local economy annually. Tourism in South Africa can sure do with this necessary boost.
“We are thrilled to be back on the road after more than 20 months. This has only been made possible by the ongoing support of our partners, Athletics South Africa, the Western Cape Government, the City of Cape Town and the broader running community,” says TOM NPC Chairperson William Swartbooi.
TOM Race Director Debra Barnes adds, “The pandemic has affected all aspects of our lives and limited our participation in this much-loved sport. Navigating the challenges brought about by the pandemic has forced us to look at things differently and respond in an acutely agile manner as we go along. We want to celebrate the strength of spirit of our runners, many of whom will have overcome some of life’s greatest challenges to be at the start line in April 2022”.
Numerous stakeholders including the Blue Number Club members and veterans of the race engaged with the local authorities and NPC and due to runner’s health and safety concerns as well as public access the following event changes will be implemented next year.
For the first time, the event will be split over two days over the Easter Weekend. This was the only option in order not to curtail the number of runners that would potentially be allowed to participate, given the event safety guidelines.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, all other events will not take place during the Two Oceans Marathon week.
The Ultra Marathon will be run over the traditional 56km route, with no planned changes, unless due to events or circumstances beyond our control; or the authorities deem the route or part thereof to be unsafe for the runners, surrounding communities and the natural environment.
Runners will have to comply with stringent screening measures prior to the race. On the advice of the TOM medical team, runners will have to upload proof of vaccination, and/or present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken not more than 48 hours prior to the race. Failure to do so will result in runners forfeiting their entry fee.
Runners will be able to have antigen tests done at the TOM Expo, should they be unable to provide proof of the above. This will be at the runner’s cost.
All staff, officials, and event service providers and their staff will be required to present proof of vaccination, or a negative test result 48 hours prior to being on-site.
Unfortunately, no spectators will be allowed at the start, along the route or at the finish areas.
All TOM 2022 event venues will be access controlled. Only holders of the official TOM 2022 accreditation and which is clearly displayed, will be allowed entry.
Strict Covid-19 protocols will be enforced at the start line and at the finish area. Multiple mat-to-mat batch starts will be deployed at intervals apart. Runners will be required to wear a mask at all times, including at the start line and finish area, and social distancing of 1,5 metres will be strictly enforced.
Let Africa Marathons organise your trip and entry to the iconic Two Oceans Marathon 2022. To find out more and to enter the race please send us an email at [email protected]. You can also contact us on the button below to enter. We look forward to welcoming you to South Africa.