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Home >> Events >> Medical Points on Route 21km

Medical Points on Route 21km

  • Half Marathon
  • Medical

The points listed below are fully equipped to assist you through the Half Marathon. They are equipped to assist you with all minor medical problems, and are staffed by Physiotherapists and students to help with those aching muscles as you proceed along the route

1. Kirstenbosch Before Main Entrance 16.2 km Left Medical/Physio
2. Newlands Forest Station 19.1 km Left Medical/Physio
3. UCT Finish Left Medical Tent


There is a full support team on hand to deal with any emergency that may occur. EMS crews patrol the route to deal with any major problems, supported by response vehicles, pickup vehicles and radio marshals to monitor your progress during the race. In the event of a problem on the route, you will soon see the EMS crew arriving to assist.


It is imperative that runners fill in the medical information on the back of their race number. Should a runner require hospital treatment, he/she will be charged according to the hospital tariff rate.  021 937-0324 memorise this number in the case of medical emergency. Information relating to runners who have been admitted to the Medical Tent will be available at the Medical Information Centre. We have a fleet of vehicles that patrol the route to assist those who are unable to complete the race and ensure they are returned to UCT safely. The Information Centre will have information on runners admitted to the medical tent, or transferred to a hospital in the area. Families will NOT be allowed into the medical tent, as the medical team need the space to deal with the patients requiring treatment. There are a team of physiotherapists and first aiders to sooth those aching muscles at the Physio tent at the finish. Please feel free to visit the tent and have a welcome massage after your finish. The medical team are on hand for your safety – please enjoy the race, and we hope we do not have to see you!

Important tips and hints

A few important tips and hints from the medical tent:

  •  Make a note of the emergency number: 021 937-0324. For any medical emergency, call this number.
  •  If in any doubt about your health, consult your personal doctor before the race. This service is offered free of charge in the interests of your health and safety during the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon.
  •  If you have had influenza or Diarrhoea in the week before the race PLEASE visit your doctor or the race doctor before running. Don't take a chance with your health!
  •  IMPORTANT! Please fill in the details behind your race number, noting any allergies, problems as well as medical aid and contact details. If something happens this information could save your life!
  •  Watch your fluid intake. Ensure you drink enough while running, and keep cool if it is a hot day.
  •  Avoid discomfort by putting plasters on nipples, and Vaseline on areas that chafe BEFORE the race. l Painkillers are NOT available during the race, for your own safety. Analgesics such as Panado/Nurofen can cause serious complications such as dehydration, and can even lead to renal failure. We recommend you do not take any painkillers prior to or during the race, for your own safety.