Cape Town - The "real and credible" threat of protest action in the Hout Bay Imizamo Yethu informal settlement area has necessitated a late change to the 2019 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon (OMTOM) route.
Saturday's race, which will be celebrating its 50th anniversary, will now be diverted over Ou Kaapse Weg, cutting out the Chapman's Peak, Hout Bay and Constantia Nek sections of the race.
The route will see runners tackle Southern Cross Drive before joining Rhodes Drive for the final 8km to the finish on the University of Cape Town (UCT) fields.
The decision was taken following a high-level meeting between police and race organisers late on Thursday night.
The Relay Race which was a late inclusion into the programme, has been cancelled. According to unconfirmed reports, those who had entered the relay will be accommodated into the Half Marathon - which will go ahead as planned.
A statement from the officials said disruptions along the route were a "real and credible threat to event safety".
The Ultra route will remain at 56km and is still expected to start at 06:40.
The full Two Oceans Ultra Marathon route diversion media release received on Thursday: