Enter SA's largest half marathon
30 October 2012
Online entries for South Africa's largest half marathon, the Old Mutual Two Oceans half marathon, will open on 1 November. The Old Mutual Two Oceans half marathon, ultra-marathon and trails runs take place annually in Cape Town over the Easter weekend.
Race director Rowyn James has encouraged runners to enter early as available spots are expected to fill up fast.
"Last year, we had a record number of 16 000 entries for the half marathon and entries closed in nine days. We expect a full field of 16 000 runners to line up on Race Day, Saturday 30 March 2013, and that entries will fill up well before the closing date of 5 March 2013," he said.
Split entry process
This year, runners who have previously completed the Two Oceans Half Marathon, Ultra Marathon or Trail Runs will have first option to secure one of the initial 10 000 entries, following a decision by the organisers to split the entry process.
Runners who have not participated in any Two Oceans Marathon races or previous participants who missed the first entry batch will be given a chance to secure one of the second-round entries from 15 January 2013, when 6 000 additional entries are released.
Online entries for both the ultra and the half marathon close on 5 March 2013 or when 16 000 entries for the half marathon and 11 000 for the ultra-marathon are reached, whichever comes first.
Trail enthusiasts can enter from 3 December when online entries open for the Trail Runs. "Again, we urge runners to move fast. All the available entries for this year’s event sold out in less than three hours!" James said.
Participants can enter online by visiting www.twooceansmarathon.org.za.
Next year's event will see Adidas joining as the official technical partner following the signing of a three-year deal in August this year.
The sports equipment and apparel manufacturer will produce the official race t- shirts and will retail Two Oceans Marathon merchandise at its Adidas Concept Stores nationwide. In addition, the new sponsor will involve international running icons such as Haile Gebrselassie in promoting the event locally and abroad.
The popular Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Expo will be hosted at the Cape Town International Convention Centre for the first time from next year.
The expo, the largest of its kind in the Western Cape, attracts more than 50 000 visitors over its three-day exhibition period every year, and features top local and international sports clothing and apparel brands, as well as a host of other running-related exhibitors.
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