We look forward to welcoming our Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon visitors to Simon’s Town.

Remember, all participants in local events get 10% discount when staying at Mariner Guesthouse: info@marinerguesthouse.co.za / 021 786 4528


Participants can choose from various distances – the scenic 56km Ultra Marathon or popular 21km Half Marathon. There are also a number of Old Mutual Two Ocean Fun Runs to choose from.

The event attracts close to 26 000 participants across all the distances and provides them with a mixture of breath-taking scenery, a gruelling test of fitness for both the elite and recreational runner, and unrivalled race organisation and atmosphere.


The 2018 Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon once again smashed all records and expectation when the event reached its 11 000 entry limit in just 2 days. It is wonderful to see that ultra distance running continues to enjoy the support and the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon and that the marathon remains on the bucket list of runners across the globe.

Reaching capacity so quickly is a testament to the strong brand we have built in the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon over the years, and witnessing this incredible demand for the entries a year before the 50th anniversary is incredibly exciting. The good news is that the prospective Ultra Marathon participants still have 2 chances to enter.

For the first time, a limited number of charity entries have been made available and will be sold on the 4 December 2017. These charity partners are currently being finalised, and more information will be published on the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon website in the next few weeks.

In addition, substitution entries open on 9 January 2018 and close on the 28 February. This entry process provides runners who can no longer participate, the opportunity to withdraw and hand over their entry to another runner with the entry system.

All OMTOM Ultra Marathon entrants are required to update their online profiles with their online profiles with their 2018 Running Clu license numbers and qualifier details to their online profiles by 5 pm on 28 February 2018. Runners who fail to meet this deadline will forfeit their entry. This year we will also add an additional Club Verification measure. Running Clubs will have the opportunity to verify the 2018 license details of their members between 1 and 6 March, and any runner who does not have a valid, paid-up 2018 Running Club membership will forfeit their entry


Every year, financial constraints prevent many talented athletes from disadvantaged communities from participating in the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon. Runners Village gives underprivileged athletes the opportunity to experience the magic without the stress of worrying about where to sleep the night before the marathon. Athletes from across South Africa will be accommodated, and the Runners’ Village, situated at the Cape Academy of Mathematics, Science and Technology in Tokai, will host the athletes.

The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon will remain on the traditional route via Chapman’s Peak, Hout Bay and Constantia Nek (unless deemed unsafe by authorities in which case the Ou Kaapse Weg route (prior to 2004) will be used). The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon is run under the rules of IAAF, Athletics South Africa (ASA) and Western Province Athletics (WPA).

Race Day: Easter Saturday, 31 March 2018

  • Start Venue: Main Road in Newlands.
  • Quarter way mark (14 km): In Lakeside, just past the Sandvlei turnoff.
  • Halfway mark (28 km): On Noordhoek Road before Chapman’s Peak
  • Marathon mark (42.2 km): Near the cemetery on Constantia Nek.






The end-of-year holidays are a great opportunity to spend time showing your children some of the wonderful things Cape Town has to offer. There are theatre productions and exhibitions, and activities ranging from learning to surf to tobogganing on dry land. Here are ten things to do in Cape Town with kids this summer.

Garden fun at Kirstenbosch

Pack the kids, the picnic, and the blanket and head off to Kirstenbosch, acclaimed as one of the great botanical gardens of the world. In summer, there are plenty of shady spots to spread that blanket. The whole family—from grans and granddads right down to the smallest family member—can enjoy the rolling green lawns and beautiful surroundings.  A “walk in the trees” along the tree canopy walkway known as the Boomslang is a thrilling activity that children will enjoy. Picnics can also be pre-ordered from Moyo or the Kirstenbosch Tea Room.

When: 8am-5pm daily
Where: Rhodes Drive, Newlands
Website: sanbi.org

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V&A Waterfront

A visit to the V&A Waterfront is a no-brainer for people with kids. In fact, you could probably fill a whole holiday with all activities available here! There are countless specials to keep your little ones happy: you can grab a free voucher booklet at the info kiosk. Future Park is great fun for kids and their parents. The Two Oceans Aquarium never fails to impress, and there’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not, with displays that are as fun as they are educational. There are also a number of kid-friendly restaurants and playgrounds, and the amphitheatre offers performances on most days to entertain people of all ages. Check out their other kids’ activities on their website.

When: 9am-9pm daily
Where: The Clocktower at the V & A Waterfront
Website: waterfront.co.za

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Learn to surf at Surfers Corner

Surfers Corner in Muizenberg is recognised as one of the best beaches to learn to surf. There are several surf schools here offering lessons to aspiring surfers from the age of 4 to 94. The beach is lovely for swimming and sandcastles, and parents will enjoy the great beachfront restaurants and coffee shops. It is weather-dependent, so always phone ahead to see if conditions are good.

When: Most schools are open 8am-5pm
Where: Surfers Corner, Muizenberg
Website: There are a few options, like garysurf.co.za;  learn2surf.co.za; and stokedsurfschool.com

things to do in Cape Town with kids

Transformers Animatronics

This exhibition brings the planet of Cybertron to Cape Town where visitors can meet up with their favourite transformers, from the iconic toys of the ’80s to towering sculptures of the transformers we see in films today. The incredible sculptures are up to 11 meters (36ft) high and are animated with amazing animatronic technology. There is a dedicated kids’ zone where children can build their own transformers.

When: 10 November to 21 January;  10am-7pm
Where: Grand Arena, GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, Goodwood
Website: transformersafrica.com

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Cool Runnings Toboggan Family Park

Visitors from the Northern Hemisphere will be familiar with tobogganing, but at Cool Runnings, the activity has a Southern Hemisphere spin. There is not a snowflake in sight—instead, you’ll hurtle down a stainless steel track under the summer sun. You can choose to ride in a two-person toboggan and you control the speed, so it’s a great activity for all ages.

When: Weekdays 11am-6pm; weekends 9am-6pm
Where: Tygervalley, Cape Town
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Movie night at the Galileo Open Air Cinema

There are few things more exciting for kids than being out at night under the stars watching one of their favourite movies. Various venues around the city are transformed into an open-air cinema with stalls selling food, drinks, and popcorn. There are all sorts of films on offer and their Family Sundays, screened at Kelvin Grove in Newlands, feature such classics as UpMoana, and Home Alone.

When: Every Tuesday to Sunday evening between October and April
Where: Various venues, but Kelvin Grove in Newlands is their family venue
Website: galileo.co.za

The Galileo Open Air Cinema

See the penguin colony on a sea kayak trip

Children over the age of 10 can join a parent in the 2-person kayak for this unique marine adventure with Kayak Cape Town. The route goes along the stunning coast from Simon’s Town jetty, towards Boulders Beach where you enjoy a unique view of the African penguin colony. You might even see the birds up close, darting through the water or sunning themselves on the coastal boulders. The activity is weather-dependant so it’s a good idea to call ahead.

When: Daily trips leave at 8.30am
Where: Simon’s Town
Website: kayakcapetown.co.za

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Cinderella on Ice

The ice stage at Artscape is a perfect way to escape the city’s heat and introduce some enchantment to your children’s holiday activities. Imperial Ice Stars bring this well-loved classic to Cape Town and their theatrical choreography, amazing speed and lifts, and stunning costumes add to the magic of the Cinderella story.

When: 10-28 January, 7.30pm on weekdays with matinees on Saturday and Sunday
Where: Artscape, Foreshore, Cape Town
Website: artscape.co.za

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Imhoff Farm

For a fun-filled day outdoors pay a visit to the Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie. Here, kids can play a round or two of laser tag or paintball. Laser tag welcomes kids six and up. Camel rides are a popular activity as well. The snake park is filled with weird and wonderful reptiles, and the Higgeldy Piggeldy farmyard is where the kids can feed the ducks and goats. The Blue Water Café has a wonderful outdoor wooden jungle gym where parents can grab breakfast, lunch, or drinks while the little ones have a great time.

When: All year round – check website for opening times of various activities
Where: Kommetjie Rd, Kommetjie
Website: imhofffarm.co.za

Imhoff Farm

Acrobranch Adventure Park

This tree-top obstacle adventure park provides an action-packed day of tree-top adventures for visitors of all ages. The Acro-twigs course is perfect for kids, with onsite safety guides keeping a close eye. Kids between three and six can tackle nine obstacles that will test their abilities and provide a heap of fun. The setting in the Constantia Nek forest is idyllic and it’s close enough to the Constantia Winelands to combine the day with some wine estate visits for the adults as well.

When: Wednesday to Sunday, school holidays and public holidays; 9am-5pm
Where: 1 Hout Bay Main Rd, Constantia Nek
Website: acrobranch.co.za

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Source: CapeTownTravel.com

Book your accommodation with us for the Two Oceans Marathon. We offer 10% discount on all “official event” bookings. Please tell us which event you will be participating in to claim your discount.

Enquire telephonically: 021 786 4528 or e-mail: info@marinerguesthouse.co.za
More info on www.marinerguesthouse.co.za .


Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon History since 1970

The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon has earned a reputation as the world’s most beautiful marathon. The first race was held in 1970 and saw 26 runners line up to face the unknown challenge. Since then, the race has become a national institution and a firm favourite with local, upcountry, and international athletes.

Old Mutual is proud to continue its association with this great event, which is the premier event in their road-running portfolio. Participants can choose from various distances – the scenic 56km ultra marathon or popular 21km half marathon and the 5km or 2.5km fun runs. The event attracts close to 26 000 participants across all the distances and provides them with a mixture of breathtaking scenery, a gruelling test of fitness for both the elite and recreational runner, and an unrivalled race organisation and atmosphere.

Participants consistently vote it as one of the best in South Africa and it continues to attract strong fields and an increasing number of international entrants. The event has become synonymous with the Easter Weekend in Cape Town, with the pre-race activities at the expo, family day, and fun runs on Easter Friday. En-route entertainment on the race day provides fun, excitement, and a unique experience to runners, family, friends, and spectators alike.