Chappies is still first-choice route for Two Oceans

2015-05-05 06:00

According to the organisers of the Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon (OMTOM), Chapman’s Peak is still the preferred route for this race.

Following the devastating fires that raged along Cape Town’s Southern Peninsula, coupled with the regular closure of Chapman’s Peak due to high winds and threatening rock falls, there has been a question mark over the inclusion of Chappies in the OMTOM route.

The organisers of OMTOM are still hopeful that the Ultra Marathon will follow the normal route, but stress that runners’ safety remain a top priority in all planning.

“We continue to be in close contact with the City of Cape Town Disaster Management team and other key role players, and keep a finger on the pulse of all developments affecting our Ultra Marathon route, especially Chapman’s Peak,” says Carol Vosloo, general manager of the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon NPC.

“Running the event over Chappies is our first choice, but with athlete safety being our top concern and with less than two weeks to go before the event, it is prudent to look at our alternative route as an option.”

Ou Kaapse Weg is the official alternative route for the OMTOM, and was used for four years between 2000 and 2003, when Chapman’s Peak was originally closed while the tunnels and rock fall catchment nets were being constructed.

The distance of both routes of the OMTOM are the same.

“We are fortunate to have run the OMTOM along our plan-B route for four years, and that our team has the historic knowledge and experience to make the necessary logistical changes to facilitate this, should it become necessary,” says Vosloo.

The availability of route alternatives is standard procedure for any mass-participation event of this scale.

The Ou Kaapse Weg detour route starts in Main Road, Newlands, and takes runners along the scenic South Peninsula route, through Fish Hoek and into Kommetjie.

But, instead of heading towards Chapman’s Peak, runners will turn towards and over Ou Kaapse Weg, from where they will run along the leafy Spaanschemat River Road. They will then join the half marathon runners at the Ladies Mile / Parish Road intersection before heading onto Southern Cross Drive to follow the half marathon route along Rhodes Drive and the M3 back to UCT.

“We thank runners for their patience. While we remain confident that the scenic Chapman’s Peak route will stay in place, we hope that confirming the alternative plan will empower runners to prepare for the possibility of a route change,” says Vosloo.

“Again, we cannot stress enough that runners’ safety is put first at all times during our planning and decision making.”

The Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra and half marathons are scheduled to take place on Easter Saturday 4 April.

Some 27 000 runners are expected to participate in the event that is globally known as the world’s most beautiful marathon.

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