Chappies road closure for Easter marathon

Thursday, 30 March 2017 12:14
Chappies road closure for Easter marathon
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The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon is a 56 km (35 mile) ultra marathon held annually in Cape Town, South Africa on the Saturday of the Easter weekend.
Self-proclaimed as “the world’s most beautiful marathon", the ultra-marathon will take place on Easter Saturday, 15 April 2017 in Cape Town (other subsidiary runs will take place on Good Friday, 14 April 2017). The 56km route will remain the same as usual - from the start in Newlands along the Main Road to Fish Hoek, across to the Atlantic Seaboard, up Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay, Constantia Nek, Rhodes Drive, and Union Avenue to the finish at UCT.

The race is run against a backdrop of spectacular scenery through the Cape Peninsula. It is as stunning as it is challenging. Since its inaugural edition in 1970, with only 26 runners, the event has exploded in popularity to a 27,000 athlete sell out event (Ultra 11,000 and Half-marathon 16,000).  The very popular half marathon is also held on the same day as the ultra marathon, but does not include Chapman's Peak Drive.

Chapman's Peak Drive itself is the iconic climb of the Ultra Marathon, and it's one of the most beautiful sections of road anywhere in the world.  It also ushers in the tough second half of the race, coming shortly after the halfway mark in Noordhoek. Dr Ross Tucker (Professor of Exercise Physiology) says, "You should feel fairly good at the bottom of Chapman's, because it's only halfway into the race, and it's been relatively flat up to this point.  So fresh legs, an iconic climb, and the relatively gradual gradient can suck people into efforts that are a little too hard, and they can often pay for this later.  This is not the time to get carried away and push through and for this reason, the operative words are "patience" and "control"."

In order to assist the race organisers and to provide the competitors with a remarkable route, Chapman's Peak Drive will be temporarily closed for this annual Cape Town event. 
On the 15 April 2017, the drive will be closed from 03:30 am and will re-open at 14:00 (2 pm) the same day.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused and recommend that you check all road closures in Cape Town.  Please click the link closer to the day for road closures provided by the organisers.

Chapman's Peak Drive wishes all runners a wonderful race. 

Race Details: Saturday 15th April

06:30 am: The Ultra Marathon starts outside the SA Breweries, Main Road, Newlands.  

05:50am The Half Marathon starts at 05.50am (seeding A-C), 06.00am (seeing D) and 06.10am (seeding E).

More information:

Chapman’s Peak Drive Toll Plaza Office Hours:

The Toll Plaza is open Monday - Friday from 08h00 - 17h00 for registration as a Frequent User.
Address: Toll Plaza, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay, Cape Town
Plaza Tel: 021 791 8220

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About Chapman's Peak Drive

  • Chapman’s Peak Drive toll road winds its way between Noordhoek and Hout Bay on the Atlantic Coast on the south-western tip of South Africa. Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world.

    Chapman’s Peak Drive is affectionately known as #Chappies.