Two Oceans Marathon 2018: Road closures and where to catch all the action

Brandon Finn

Cape Town - After months of preparation one of South Africa's favourite races, the Two Oceans Marathon, is set to kick off on 30 to 31 March

As Cape Town looks forward to a busy Easter holiday season, the organisers of the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon are ready for the 49th edition of the world’s most beautiful marathon.

“We are once excited to welcome a sold-out field of 27 000 participants in the Ultra and Half Marathons next Saturday,” says Carol Vosloo, General Manager of the Two Oceans Marathon NPC. 

After over a year of planning, the event organisers have also factored in the severe drought that the host City faces, saying that it has "presented a harsh reality for the event, our stakeholders and participants".

"We are aware of the concerns voiced by worried citizens, and we take saving water – and the event’s overall water impact on the City – incredibly seriously," say the organisers who have pledged to host the event responsibly.

UPDATE: #CapeWaterCrisis: Two Oceans Marathon water saving measures in place ahead of Day Zero

The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon is working with the City of Cape Town, its disaster management team and sponsors to implement appropriate solutions as part of a water management plan.

Solutions that will be in place:

  • No municipal water will be used for any of our events.
  • There will be no showers at the Finish.
  • There will be refill stations available for hydration pack users – and we encourage all runners to be as self-sufficient as possible.
  • We are reducing the number of refreshment stations, while still being well within the range – more than the limit, in fact – of IAAF/ ASA water point regulations. 

 If you too will be cheering on that dedicated runner in your life - here are the spots to check out as well as the detours to use for those not wanting to get caught up in the road closures.

NOTE: The Two Oceans Marathon Spectators are asked to please obey all officials and marshals and be aware of traffic when supporting the runners. You should also not stand in roadways where vehicles are travelling.

Also a  zero tolerance anti-littering rule has been implemented, that no littering will be tolerated anywhere on the route, including the start, finish and refreshment stations. There will also be severe consequences for runners who continue to litter intentionally.

Residents in the following areas are requested not to park along the route and to use alternative side streets for the duration of the race:

  • Main Road between Klipper and San Souci Roads
  • Main Road from Atlantic Road, Muizenberg through St James and Kalk Bay until the police station just past Clovelly Road in Fish Hoek.
  • Kommetjie Road from 17th Avenue through to the Fish Hoek Circle at Main Road (runners will be running towards Sun Valley facing the traffic within one lane which will be coned off).

For a full list of the refreshment stations click here for the 56km route and here for the 21km route 

Where to watch the race from:

  • Along Main Road - from the start, along Paradise Road to Edinburgh Drive.
  • Edinburgh Drive – cheering on the half marathon runners as they tackle their first big hill of the day.
  • Ladies Mile / Parish Road - this intersection is a popular spectator spot as runners are still reasonably fresh.

  • Southern Cross Drive - this is the big test for most half marathon runners, and they need all the positive vibes they can get while making their way up this hill.

  • Along Rhodes Drive 

  • Kirstenbosch Gardens  – another popular spectator spot, where you can give runners their final mental boost before they hit the last few kms to the finish.

  • Union Avenue - towards UCT

  • Finish line at UCT  – this is where all the drama unfolds and where you all the action, from spectacular wins to runners beating their personal best, to the heartbreak of those who miss the cut-off by seconds. 

Click here for the full list of road closures

'Delays can be expected for the duration of the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon. We appeal to motorists to avoid using roads leading to the race route. Please comply with the directions given by traffic officers and marshals. Road signs will be in place during the week prior to the race, advising motorists of the road closures." 

Spectators are asked to please obey all officials and marshalls and be aware of traffic when supporting the runners. Do not stand in roadways where vehicles are travelling. 


5.6km – 11h00
2.1km – 12h00

  • M3 – Union Avenue - closed 09h30 – 13h00 
    Newlands Forest Fire Station Entrance to UCT
    Left lane will be fenced off for athletes, right lane will remain open at all times for motorists travelling towards Cape Town. Please drive cautiously. Please note – Rhodes Memorial Restaurant will be accessible to the public

    Princess Anne Avenue - closed 10h30 – 13h00 
    Access to and from M3 Northbound closed. Rhodes Memorial will remain accessible to the public


56km: 06H30 
21.1km: 05h50, 06h00 & 06h10

Main Road: Newlands - closed 03h30 – 06h45
Between Klipper Rd and Letterstedt Road, Claremont

Protea Road - closed 05h30 – 06h45 
Between Main Road and the M3
NB: There will be no access to the M3 via Protea Road & Newlands Road
Paradise Road - closed 05h30 - 06h45 
Protea Road to Edinburgh Drive

M3 Southbound - closed 05h30 – 08h00  

From Princess Anne Ave to Kendal Road

Kendal Road -  closed 05h30 – 08h00  

Between Spaanschemat River Road & Edison Road

Spaanschemat River Road - - closed 05h30 – 08h00 
From Doorddrift Road to Ladies Mile Extension 

Ladies Mile Extension - closed  06h00 – 08h30  

Between Spaanschemat River Road & Constantia Main Road

Parish Road - closed 06h15 – 08h30  

From Constantia Main Road to Southern Cross Drive 

Contstantia Main Road - closed 06h15 – 08h00 

Between Pagasvlei Road and Constantia Village Shopping Centre Entrance
Both directions – local access only

Southern Cross Drive - closed 05h30 – 07h15  
From Brommersvlei Rd to Rhodes Drive

Main Road: Newlands to Plumstead both carriageways -  05h30 – 07h15 
From Letterstedt Rd to Gabriel Rd
Athletes will be moved from both sides of the road to their left at Gabriel Road

Main Road: Plumstead to Muizenberg - closed 06h30 – 08h15 
Gabriel Rd to Atlantic Rd - Southbound lane (direction Muizenberg) closed, traffic diverted over Boyes Drive

Main Road: Muizenberg to Fish Hoek - closed 07h00 - 09h15 
Local access only between Muizenberg (Atlantic Road) and Kalk Bay (Clairvaux Road).
Motorists travelling south & north will be diverted over Boyes Drive to Clairvaux Road and then a stop-go system will operate between Clairvaux and Clovelly Roads. Traffic travelling to and from Kommetjie / Simonstown Roads through Fish Hoek will be diverted via Beach Road.

Kommetjie Road: Fish Hoek - closed 07h00 – 09h30 
From Main Road to Corsair Way, Sun Valley, motorists to share westbound (direction Kommetjie) lane. Runners use eastbound lane. Drive with caution.

Corsair Way: Sun Valley - closed 07h00 – 10h00 
Kommetjie Road to Frigate Crescent. Both lanes closed

Frigate Cresent: Sun Valley - closed 07h00 – 10h00 
Corsair Way to Dory Walk

Dory Walk: Sun Valley - closed 07h00 – 10h00 
Frigate Crescent to Chebec Crescent

Chebec Crescent: Sun Valley - closed 07h00 – 10h00 
Dory Walk to Dhow Street

Ou Kaapse Weg - closed 07h00 – 10h00 
Both Directions: Expect Delays - Stop / Go control at Noordhoek Main Rd.

Noordhoek Main Road - closed 07h00 – 10h30 
Northbound lane closed. Traffic to share southbound lane. Drive slowly with caution

Silvermine Road - closed  07h00 – 10h30 
From Village Lane to Noordhoek Main Road

Chapman’s Peak Drive - closed 03h30 – 12h00 
Chapman’s Peak Drive will be closed to traffic from 03h30.
Spectators permitted to enter from Hout Bay to the various picnic spots from the Hout Bay side only until 07h00.

Hout Bay Main Road - 07h30 – 11h30 
From Chapman’s Peak to Victoria Road Circle
Traffic coming into Hout Bay will be detoured away from Victoria Road Circle to Valley and then Disa River Roads. Runners will be in the southbound lane (direction Noordhoek).

Hout Bay Road - closed 07h45 – 12h00 
From Victoria Road Circle to Disa River Road
Totally closed to traffic.

Hout Bay Road - closed 07h45 – 12h15 
From Disa River Road to Constantia Nek
A convoy system for motorists will operate under the direction of the traffic department. Runners will be in eastbound lane (direction Constantia Nek) i.e. their left

Rhodes Drive - 05h30 – 13h00
Constantia Nek to Canterbury Road Circle
Both directions closed to traffic

Rhodes Drive - closed 06h30 – 13h00 

Canterbury Road Circle to Union Ave 
Traffic may only travel south. Runners will be in lane heading towards Cape Town (their left). Please note: Kirstenbosch Gardens & Restaurant will be accessible to the public

M3 – Union Avenue - closed 06h30 – 14h00 
Rhodes Drive/Newlands Ave to UCT 
Left lane will be coned off for athletes, right lane will remain open at all times for motorists travelling towards Cape Town. Please drive cautiously. Please note – Rhodes Memorial will be accessible to the public

Princess Anne Avenue - closed 06h30 – 14h00 
Accesses to and from M3 Northbound closed. Rhodes Memorial will be accessible to the public
Spectators to please obey all officials and marshalls and be aware of traffic when supporting the runners. Do not stand in roadways where vehicles are travelling.

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