Two Oceans online entries open

15 October 2013

Online entries for South Africa’s 2014 Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon opened on Tuesday. The 45th running of the 56-kilometre race takes place on Saturday, 19 April 2014, with an entry limit of 11 000 runners.

To qualify for participation in the ultra marathon, runners must have completed at least one full marathon (42.2km) after 1 July 2013 in a time of less than five hours. However, runners do not have to pre-qualify to enter and can submit their qualifying times at a later stage.

South African ultra marathon entrants are also required to belong to a registered running club and have a valid running licence. No temporary licences will be issued to ultra marathon runners.

Race record money bonus

In addition to the R250 000 prize money that can be won by the ultra marathon winners, title sponsor Old Mutual will add an additional R1-million to the winning male and female runner if they break the race record.

The men’s record of 3:03:44 was set in 1988 by road running legend Thompson Magawana, while Frith van der Merwe set the women’s record a year later in 1989 when she ran 3:30:36.

The closest any runner has come to the record since then is Zimbabwean Marko Mambo, a three-time race winner, who ran 3:05:39 in 2005. Russian Olesya Nurgalieva ran the second fastest women’s time in 2008 when she crossed the finish line in 3:34:53.

Ralph Mupita, the CEO for Old Mutual Emerging Markets, said in a statement: “We want to encourage top runners from around the world to come and compete in the biggest road running event on the African continent.”

Phased approach

In an effort to alleviate pressure on the online entry system, and to give runners a fair chance to enter, the organisers have introduced a phased approach to the 2014 Half Marathon entries, which includes application into an entry draw in January 2014.

From 17 October, runners are encouraged to update their personal profiles and medical details on the entry system, while new entrants can create their profiles.

Blue (10 or more Two Oceans Ultra Marathons) and Light Blue (10 or more Two Oceans Half Marathons) number holders may enter from 10:00 on 5 November (limited to 1 000 entrants).

Runners with valid SA running club licences may enter from 10:00 on 11 November (limited to 5 500 entrants).

Previous finishers

Previous Two Oceans Half and Ultra Marathon and Trail Run finishers may enter from 10:00 on 14 November (limited to 2 000 entrants).

New entrants, previous participants who finished outside the cut-off and those who missed their original entry batch may submit their applications into the entry draw from 10:00 on 22 January 2014.

A random electronic draw on 23 January will select 6 000 entrants who may proceed to pay for their entry.

Entries into the popular Trail Runs will open at 10:00 on 2 December, with an entry limit of 400 runners for the 10km and 22km trail runs respectively. Trail enthusiasts are advised to enter early, as both distances sold out within hours of entries opening last year.

Online entry and entry forms

Ultra marathon runners can enter online or download an entry form at www.twooceansmarathon.org.za from 10:00 on 15 October.

The Two Oceans Marathon website has been upgraded to ensure a better user experience for athletes, and is jam-packed with information around the various events hosted under its banner.

“Designed to Run” is the theme that supports the 2014 Two Oceans Marathon marketing campaign – a coincidental hat-tip to Cape Town’s status as the World Design Capital next year.

SAinfo reporter