The festivities of finishers at the University of Cape Town grounds was temporarily marred by the news that a male runner had died while participating in the marathon.
In a statement at the end of the race, organisers said: “As we conclude the 2019 edition of the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, we confirm the sad news that a 35-year-old male runner from Cape Town collapsed in the race today and attempts by paramedics to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.
“Unfortunately, he passed away. The deceased runner was participating in his fourth half marathon.”
Despite the tragedy, there was a festive atmosphere at the finish line at UCT’s upper campus as spectators welcomed home the athletes who had spent hours on the road in less than ideal wet weather conditions.