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The annual Two Oceans Marathon has joined a growing list of global sports events to either be postponed or cancelled in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Traditionally held over Easter Weekend in Cape Town, with the ultra even taking top billing, it also features a half marathon, trail runs and friendship runs.
All events across the weekend have been cancelled, race organisers announced in a statement, adding that further information on runners who entered the event will be made available “in due course”, race director Debra Barnes was quoted as saying.
The full statement from the Two Oceans Marathon read as follows:
“Following an emergency meeting of board members of the Two Oceans Marathon NPC on Saturday, it was unanimously decided that all Two Oceans Marathon events scheduled for 8-11 April 2020 would be cancelled amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the global spread of the coronavirus.
“We have been monitoring the status of the novel coronavirus pandemic as events have unfolded internationally and locally and we’ve consulted with public health experts and authorities.
“The health and safety of the competitors, staff, sponsors and the global community are paramount and an event of this scale poses far too great a risk to continue. Guided by this priority and global best practice, the TOM NPC has made the difficult decision to cancel the world’s most beautiful ultra marathon for 2020.
“Two Oceans Marathon acknowledges that many runners will be disappointed at the cancellation of TOM 2020, and is committed to ensuring a spectacular race experience for all role-players at next year’s event.
“Further information will be made available in due course and we will be in direct communication with the runners who had entered the 2020 Two Oceans Marathon.”