The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town is actually one of two very famous Ultra Marathons in South Africa: the 56km Two Oceans Marathon and the 90km Comrades Ultra Marathon. It is always held on the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. The Two Oceans Marathon is a race where you have to qualify (see below) and where the cut off time of 7 hours gross is actually enforced. The reward for it is a special medal, that changes colour for every hour that passes: sub 4, sub 5, sub 6 and sub 7 hours.
The Two Oceans Marathon 56km is the classical distance, but there are three other races that weekend, which are also highly popular: the Half Marathon on a less scenic route and the 12km and 24km trail run on the back of Table Mountain, which I absolutely have to try next year.
I have written another blog posts about my amazing experience at the Two Oceans Marathon, that covers much more. You can find it here.