The route for the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town set to take place on Saturday has been changed due to a threat of disruptions.

Police met with race organisers and informed them of a threat of protests.

The Half Marathon route and four separate starting times remain unaffected. Runners will no longer make use of Chapman’s Peak.

The race will be celebrating its 50th anniversary and is Africa’s biggest running event and South Africa’s most prestigious race. It covers 56 kilometres and takes place every year on Easter Saturday.

JP Smith is a Member of the Mayoral Committee for Safety in the City of Cape Town.

“I think this is quite unfortunate but the race organisers have been very responsive, they met with SAPS and the City and all agreed that it was better to rather change the route. So, the route will now be diverted over Ou Kaapse Weg which will not affect the shorter races but will have a small impact on the ultra-marathon and will unfortunately prevent the relay marathon.”

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