It is a great privilege to organise and run the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon. The world’s most beautiful marathon rewards your hard work with spectacular scenery, pristine natural beauty and unrivalled beauty.
We therefore take our responsibility of cleaning the route seriously, and encourage all our runners to be responsible when it comes to disposing of their litter.
We also fully support Modern Athlete’s #RunClean campaign that kicked off last year, and believe that we should all do our bit for a greener tomorrow.
Our clean-up efforts are extensive, and span over a few days.
More than 600 litter bins are situated along the route, were runners can dispose of their sachets.
Our cleaning crew clear the start area in Main Road, Newlands, as soon as the last runner leaves the start line.
The teams working at each of our 33 refreshment stations keep their designated areas clean during the race, and perform a final clean-up once the last runner has come past.
In addition, there are large fenced-off bins (15m long x 2.5m wide) after every refreshment station on Chapman’s Peak which runners MUST drop their litter.
The appointed Waste Plan crew, as well as the Environmental Officer and representatives from Plastics SA walk and drive along the Half and Ultra routes after the event to physically clear away any stray sachets and litter that may have been blown along and off the course.
The event organisers head out to do a final check of both routes.
The City of Cape Town repeats this process over the next few days to perform their own checks.
In addition to our clean-up plan, we aim to recycle 90% of all event waste, making the Two Oceans Marathon one of the events of the Western Cape with the highest recycling rate. These efforts have earned us the honour of being an official Western Cape Government 110% Green Flagship Event for our commitment to making the Western Cape the Green Economic hub of Africa.
Sachets vs Cups:
When it comes to providing plastic sachets on the Half and Ultra Marathon, we adhere to the Western Province Athletics Domestic Rules (WPA Domestic Rule 18.1.1 / IAAF 240 / ASA 21) with regards to athlete hydration, which stipulates that we need to provide at least three water sachets per athlete per water station.
We do not provide any water sachets on the Old Mutual Two Oceans Trail Runs.
Our course runs along an environmentally sensitive area, and in our efforts to further transform the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon into a greener event, we tested the use of biodegradable cups on the Chapman’s Peak route in 2014. A number of factors made this solution ineffective, which is why the designated litter throw zones on Chapman’s Peak Drive will be in place instead. Runners are required to use these throw zones and any runner caught littering will face disciplinary action and disqualification.
How YOU can make a difference.
We believe it is our responsibility to actively strive to go greener with every year that goes by, and we constantly investigate practical and cost-effective solutions around eco-friendly hydration options at our race.
At the same time, every single runner should adopt a cleaner attitude, fly the #RunClean flag and stash their trash during the event. Remember that our refreshment station and route volunteers are there to make sure you have a fun event, not to clean up after you.
Carry your sachets and other items with you until you can throw it in the next available bin.
Don’t throw your litter into the bushes next to the road.
If you do drop your sachets, do so within the demarcated refreshment station zone.
Use the Chapman’s Peak throw zone bins! This is a non-negotiable.
If it’s windy on Race Day, make sure your sachets go into a bin where they can’t fly around.
If you see another runner littering, diplomatically encourage them to stash their trash. But don’t be confrontational or get involved into a fight.
ddition to our clean-up plan, we aim to recycle 90% of all event waste, making the Two Oceans Mararthon one of the events of the Western Cape with the highest recycling rate. These efforts have earned us the honour of being an official Western Cape Government 110% Green Flagship Event for our committment to making the Western Cape the Green Economic hub of Africa.
Sachets vs Cups:
When it comes to providing plastic sachets on the Half and Ultra Marathon, we adhere to the Western Province Athletics Domestic Rules (WPA Domestic Rule 18.1.1/IAAF 240/ASA 21) with regards to athlete hydration, which stipulates that we need to provide at least three water sachets per athlete per water station.
We do not provide any water sachets on the Old Mutual Two Oceans Trail Runs.
Our course runs along an environmentally sensitive area, and in our efforts to further transform the Old Mutual Tow Oceans Marathon into a greener event, we tested the use of biodegradable cups on Chapman's Peak route in 2014. A number of factors made this solution effective, which is why the designated litter throw sones on Chapman's Peak Drive will be in place instead.
RULES & REGULATIONS OF THE OLD
MUTUAL TWO OCEANS MARATHON
Events are classified as the Trails
Runs, Fun Runs, the International Friendship Run, the Half Marathon and the
Ultra Marathon that take place over the Easter week end.
Entrants undertake to abide by the
following rules and agree to the following conditions:
RULES FOR ENTRIES FOR ALL EVENTS:
1. The Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra
Marathon and the Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon are held under the
auspices, rules and regulations of the IAAF, IAU, ASA and WPA.
2. The runner agrees to participate at
their own risk and by their entry and participation fully indemnifies the
organisers of the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon events, The Two Oceans Marathon
NPC, Athletics South Africa, Western Province Athletics, City of Cape Town, SAN
Parks, all official sponsors and partners, volunteer groups, medical suppliers,
and any and all local authorities, from any direct or indirect loss or damage,
however caused, arising from their participation in the event or related to the
event, including pre-race and post-race activities.
3. The race organisers reserve the
right to accept or reject any entry. It is the responsibility of each runner to
ensure that they are medically fit and healthy to participate in the event. Old
Mutual Two Oceans Marathon has the right to reject an entry on the advice of
the race medical team.
4. All entry fees are non-refundable
and non-transferable under all circumstances, including, but not limited to,
cancellation of the event or of the runner’s participation, or change in the
date, nature, or format of the event. The event may be cancelled or changed due
to severe weather or other factors that threaten the safety of runners, staff,
5. All runners wishing to participate
in the Events are required to create a profile on the OMTOM
website. The runner is required to complete all compulsory fields and
undertakes to do so honestly. It is the responsibility of the runner to
ensure this profile is updated with any relevant changes within the
Profile Update period. Note: For the few entries received on paper forms, the TOM office will
create this profile on behalf of the runner using the information provided. The
same expectation of honesty applies to these entries.
6. The Profile Update period and
Profile Update deadline date will be specified annually on the OMTOM website.
7. Once a completed entry has been
received and accepted, there will be no refunds if the runner cannot
participate. The entry may not be sold to anyone else (except via the valid
substitution process), and may not be transferred to future races. See Entry Changes / Substitutionsfor rules.
8, The Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra
Marathon is open to all registered runners who are 20 years and older on the
day of the event.
9. The Old Mutual Two Oceans Half
Marathon is open to all runners who are 16 years and older on the day of the
10. In any event prize money will not
be awarded to athletes who are below the minimum age.
11. Foreign athletes must comply with
IAAF rule 4.2 and if required should be able to produce a letter from their
federation permitting their participation.
12. Seeding updates for the Old Mutual
Two Oceans Ultra Marathons, Half, and Trail Runs, are free of charge. The
runner is required to log into their Profile on the online system and update
their seeding details with the name, date and distance of the race and the time
they ran, with a URL (web address) where these results can be verified. These
changes must be implemented within the Profile Update period. Failure
to do so will result in the runner’s update being declined.
13. Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra
Marathon entrants who do not update their profiles within the Profile Update
period with the required qualification race results (run between 1 July the
previous year and the Profile Update deadline date), medical information and
current year’s licence details, will forfeit their entry.
14. All entrants residing in
South Africa and entering the Ultra Marathon must be in possession of a valid
provincial running licence. In order to obtain a valid current year’s licence,
entrants must be registered with an athletics club affiliated to Athletics
South Africa (ASA). Prospective Ultra Marathon participants may first enter and
then obtain their running license before the Profile Update deadline date.
15. SA entrants for the Half
Marathon must possess a valid Athletics South Africa (ASA) license to enter and
run the race. This is obtained as a permanent licence through an athletics club
affiliated with ASA; alternatively, runners who do not belong to an athletics
club will be required to purchase a temporary license when entering the race.
This temporary license is valid on the day of the race only.
16. It is the responsibility of
the athlete to ensure that any Therapeutic Use Exemption form has been properly
lodged with the authorities before the race.
17. Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra
Marathon manual entry forms, accompanied by proof of payment, will be accepted
via fax and e-mail, provided the payment has been made prior to the official
closing date or prior to entries being full.
18. For 2016 the Substitution period starts on 11 January
and the Profile deadline date is 23 February 2016.
19. For 2016 the Old Mutual Two
Oceans Ultra Marathon has an entry limit of 11 000 runners.
20. For 2016 the Old Mutual Two
Oceans Half Marathon has an entry limit of 16 000 runners.
21. Entrants for the Old Mutual
Two Oceans Marathon Ultra must qualify from 01 July 2015 as follows:
21.1. Complete an official race (held
under the auspices of IAAF) of 42,2km or longer in the times specified below.
Qualifying times may be adjusted for events run on trail or for different
distances. Please contact the race office with any specific requests or
21.2. Blue Number Club runners with 25
or more Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon finishes, will have their entry
fee waived. They will, however, still be required to enter within the allotted
entry period and qualify as detailed herein.
21.3. Runners with five or more Ultra
Marathon medals can use the previous year’s Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra
Marathon as their qualifier provided they have completed either of the previous
two years’ races within the cut off time.
21.4. Blue Number Club runners in the
Ultra Marathon do not need to qualify, provided they have completed either of
the previous two years’ races within the cut off time.
22. Foreign runners residing in
South Africa with a valid South African ID Number AND if licensed to a South
African club, may enter as a local runner.
23. South African runners
residing abroad with a valid international address may enter as an
international runner; alternatively as an SA entrant if they have a permanent
24. Any runner found to be
falsifying information to gain a competitive advantage (for example lying about
age) will be disqualified and banned from future participation.
ENTRY CHANGES / SUBSTITUTIONS /
UPGRADES - APPLICABLE TO ALL EVENTS
1. All substitutions are to be done
through the Two Oceans Marathon Race Office and the process needs to be
followed from a medical safety point so as not to invalidate captured data,
used by Disaster Management Services on race day. A small administration
fee applies, as well as any additional purchases by the new entrants, e.g.
RaceTec timing chip, temporary license fee for the Half Marathon, etc.
2. Substitutions, Upgrades and Entry
changes must be done within the Profile Update date period. .
No late Substitutions, Upgrades or Entry changes will be entertained what-so-ever.
3. Substitutions will be permitted in
the Ultra Marathon, Half Marathon and both the Trail Runs. Substitutions
will only be done if all entries in the desired race are sold out.
4. A small administration fee applies,
as well as any additional purchases by the new entrants, e.g. RaceTec timing
chip, temporary license fee for the Half Marathon, etc.
5. Merchandise purchased by the
original entrant remains their property. A runner may not take over the
original entrant’s RaceTec chip.
6. If a runner wishes to withdraw and
offer their entry for substitution, it is the runner's
responsibility to find a suitable substitute within the same race, and the
runner must follow the official substitution process.
7. Swopping of entries from ULTRA to
HALF and HALF to ULTRA will only be entertained provided it’s a
double-substitution AND arranged via the race office within the stipulated time
8. Runners who have entered the Half
Marathon can upgrade to the Ultra Marathon IF they have qualified and belong to
an athletics club. No Upgrades will be accommodated when the Ultra Marathon
entries are sold out.
9. Outside of the official substitution
process, a runner may not buy or "take over" an entry from another
runner that can no longer participate, this will result in the buyer /
replacement being disqualified, and both the new runner and original entrant
facing a race ban, affecting future entries.
10. Runners that have substituted
out of a race cannot re-enter that specific event in the same year.
11. All rules, terms and conditions
that apply for the original race entry also apply for runners that substitute.
12. A runner that has entered a
race via a substitution cannot substitute that entry further.
COLLECTION OF RUNNER’S RACE PACK:
APPLICABLE TO ALL EVENTS
1. All runners will be sent
confirmation of the race number electronically, via SMS and email, to the
contact details on the runner’s entry. It is the runner’s responsibility to
ensure that their contact details are updated on their Two Oceans Marathon
profile in order to receive race information.
2. The runner is required to bring
proof of identification together with their confirmation email (print out or on
mobile telephone), as well as their RaceTec timing chip, in order to register
at the Expo.
3. Runners are encouraged to collect
their own race number and ordered merchandise from the registration desk at the
Expo on the Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.
4. Trail Run registration takes place
on the Wednesday and Thursday.
5. Fun Run registration takes place on
the Wednesday and Thursday and Friday until 9am at the finish venue.
6. In order to pick up another runner’s
race number, a signed letter from the runner granting permission must be
presented by their representative at the Expo, together with a copy of the
runner’s and the collector’s ID books.
7. The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon
Ultra entrants will receive the official sponsored t-shirt as part of their
entry. Sizes will be allocated on availability, on a first come first served
basis. No open packages nor worn shirts will be exchanged.
8. Half Marathon entrants to the Old
Mutual Two Oceans Marathon have the option to purchase the official t-shirt
when entering online. No open packages nor worn shirts will be exchanged during
or after the Expo.
9. Exchanging of t-shirts will only be
allowed during the last day of the Expo (Friday) between 4pm and 5pm, subject
to size availability.
10. No collection of race pack
(race number and goodie bag) will be allowed after the Expo closes on Friday.
11. NO official t-shirts can be
collected after race day.
12. Runners are required to check
all information on their race pack BEFORE leaving the registration desk at the
Expo, and report and correct any errors to the administration team.
RULES FOR THE OLD MUTUAL TWO OCEANS
MARATHON ROAD RUNS:
1. The Old Mutual Two Oceans events are
run and organised in terms of the rules of IAAF, IAU, ASA and WPA.
2. The Old Mutual Two Oceans events
use gun to mat timing in accordance with IAAF rule 165.24.
3. The official start times are as follows:
a. Seeding Pens: Half Marathon
i. A – C: 05h50
ii. D: 06h00
iii. E: 06h10
b. Seeded Mass Start: Ultra Marathon - 06h30
4. Ultra Marathon runners will be assigned to
starting batches based on their qualifying times submitted.
a. Athletes with a Blue or Yellow number will be
seeded in batch “C” unless they have a faster seeding time.
5. Half Marathon runners will be assigned to
starting batches based on their seeding times submitted :
a. Athletes with a Blue or Yellow number will be
seeded in batch “C” unless they have a faster seeding time.
b. Juniors and athletes 60 and older will be seeded
in batch “C” if they do not qualify for a faster batch.
c. Athletes without seeding times will be assigned
to the last starting batch.
6. Runners are to start in their allocated seeding
pen. Any runner found to have started in a faster seeding pen will be
disqualified and could be banned from entering the race for the following year.
7. All runners are to complete the medical
information on the back of their race number.
8. Runners are required to wear their RaceTec
timing chip, correctly, as displayed on the race envelope and on the website.
9. Marshals, traffic and any police officials must
be obeyed at all times. If runners are instructed by any race, medical, traffic
or police official to stop, they shall do so immediately.
10. No animals are allowed to
accompany a runner during any event.
11. Except with prior written
approval in exceptional circumstances no wheelchairs are permitted in the Old
Mutual Two Oceans events due to the congestion of the route and the nature of
the route elevations. The traffic authorities have advocated this ruling in the
interests of the safety of all runners in the event.
12. No prams, strollers, roller
blades or similar devices will be permitted on either distance.
13. The NO MOBILE SECONDING rule
will be strictly enforced. No seconds may drive, cycle or run alongside any
athlete on the route. The STAND AND HAND rule, whereby a runner's seconds may
stand at any refreshment station (100m on either side) on the route and hand
refreshments to their athlete while they remain stationary, will apply. No
seconds may travel on the race route. Seconding may not be conducted directly
from a vehicle – whether moving or stationary.
14. Athletes who fail to obey the
race officials will be subject to disciplinary action and may be banned from
participation in the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon in future.
15. Runners are obliged to stop
if instructed to do so by an official medical representative on the route.
16. Official medical points are
listed on the website. Access to the Medical Tent at the finish will be
monitored by appointed doctors and nurses.
17. Any athlete who declines to
comply with medical advice from an appointed medical doctor must sign a
18. Runners will be charged
according to the hospital tariff rate, should they be admitted to hospital.
19. The cut-off time for the 56km Ultra
Marathon is at 13:30 (7 hours). Runners who have not reached the following
marks in the times specified will not be allowed to continue:
a. 28km at 10h00 - Halfway, Noordhoek Main Road
b. 42,2km at 11h50 - Outside Four Season's Guest
farm Hout Bay Main Road
20. The Old Mutual Two Oceans
Half Marathon official cut-off time at the finish line is 09h20. Runners who
have not reached the intersection of Rhodes Drive and Almond Avenue (18.0km) by
09h00 will not be allowed to continue. If a runner does not reach the cut-off
point within the required time, they will be asked to retire from the race and
leave the road. The runner may not continue running.
21. If the usual route has to be
changed, alternative cut-off times will be announced according to the route
22. If the runner does not reach
the cut-off points within the required time (7.5 min per km), they will be
required to retire from the race. Transport will be provided from the cut- off
points to the finish.
23. Runners must cross the timing
mat on the finish line to officially finish the race.
24. Official event race bibs are
to be worn on the front and the back of the runner’s upper garment. Race bibs
must be worn as issued and may not be cut, folded or worn in any way to obscure
25. All South Africans should
wear the official clothing of their athletics club; as indicated on their
entry. Full club colours must be worn to be considered for team prizes.
26. If a runner’s club colours do
not match their club on the entry system, they will not be eligible to claim
team prize money.
27. Age category tags will be
included on the race numbers which must be clearly visible on the front and
back of the running vest, if competitors are to be eligible for any age
category prize apart from the open category. Additional (separate) age category
tags may be worn but are not required.
28. No athlete may run for a club
other than a registered club in the Province in which they are domiciled unless
they have been declared a National athlete by ASA. The Domicilium rule will be
strictly enforced. International (Foreign registered) athletes may not form
part of a local club team.
29. An athlete is not eligible
for a prize in more than one age group category i.e. an athlete is only
eligible for a prize in the age category applicable to him/her or the younger
category chosen by him/her. An athlete, male or female, who finishes the race
in first to tenth position, may however, win his/her open position prize as
well as any applicable age group category prize. Unless the runner specifically
requests in writing to the Two Oceans Marathon organisers to change their age
category to a lower age group category prior to closing date, the runner will
be entered in the age group category of their chronological age both for individual
and any team competition (ASA rules 11.3 to 11.8 inclusive). Proof of age may
be required before awarding any category prizes.
30. Half Marathon Prize Winners
may only come from the first start gun batch (i.e. seeded A, B or C), and not
from the other two start batches.
31. Protests concerning the
status of an athlete to participate in a competition must be made, prior to the
commencement of such competition, to the Technical Delegate(s). Once the
Technical Delegate(s) makes a decision, there shall be a right of appeal to the
Jury of Appeal (time frame according to IAAF rules). If the matter cannot be
settled satisfactorily prior to the competition, the athlete shall be allowed
to compete "under protest" and the matter shall be referred to the
council of ASA (IAAF Rule 146.1 and ASA Rule 14).
32. All appeals must be lodged
with the Chief Referee who will then take it to the Jury of Appeal. This must
be done in writing as soon as possible but not later than 30 minutes after the
announcement of the results by the Chief Referee (or at prize-giving) and must
be accompanied by a payment of the prescribed fee in accordance to the IAAF
Rule 146.5 and ASA Rule 14.
33. This fee will be refunded if
the objection is upheld. Procedural details for lodging an appeal can be
obtained from the Chief Referee who can be contacted via the Two Oceans
Marathon Information Centre next to the finish line.
34. Random drug testing, under
the auspices of the Institute for Drug Free Sport and Athletics South Africa
will be conducted. Competitors will be informed after they cross the finish
line if they have been selected and will be required to acknowledge this by
signing the relevant form. Officials will be on hand to escort them to the Drug
35. It is a violation of the
doping rule for an athlete to fail to, or refuse to, submit to doping control
after having been requested to do so by the responsible official. The athlete
will be subject to sanctions in accordance with IAAF Rules 32 & 40.
36. Prize money will be paid into
the recipient’s bank account and will only be transferred once full doping
results are received by Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon NPC. (Proof of South
African Identity is required for South African and provincial prizes.) All
prize money is subject to statutory taxes.
37. A prize of R1 000 000 cash
will be awarded by the race sponsor to the first runner (or to the official
race winner i.e. after drug testing) who breaks the current record of the Ultra
38. In all events athletes must
wear clothing which is clean and designed and worn so as not to be
objectionable. The torso must always be covered.
39. In the event that any prize
category results are not announced or made available at the official prize-giving,
such results will be posted on the event website and circulated through the
usual WPA club channels. In keeping with ASA rule 15 (IAAF rule 146)
individuals and clubs shall be given 7 days to raise any appeal in writing to
the organisers, whereafter the published results shall be deemed final,
notwithstanding any inaccuracies that may be identified at a later date.
40. Any athlete accused of
irresponsibly disposing of litter may be subject to disciplinary action
ADVERTISING RULES: APPLICABLE TO
1. The runner grants their permission,
in terms of Section 51 of the Electronic Communications Transactions Act 25 of
2002, to use their name, race information and photographs, video tapes,
broadcasts and telecasts in which they may appear free of charge.
2. The runner accepts that their
personal information will remain confidential and hereby consent to same being
shared with the parties involved in the organisation of the event for purposes
of medical care and / or promotion of activities related to the event.
3. No identification of sponsors of
individual athletes may appear on advertising inside the competition area.
Advertising tattoos or any advertising marks on any part of the body is
4. Personal sponsorship may appear on
the front of the vest provided it does not exceed 40cm2 in size and is subject
to the IAAF advertising regulations.
5. No ambush marketing is allowed at
any point whatsoever at the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon.
6. The official branding guidelines, as
set out by the Two Oceans Marathon office, must be strictly adhered to.
7. Political/ Religious Advertising:
Both political (i.e. the promotion of any political parties, associations,
movements, ideas of any other political cause) and religious advertising are
prohibited in respect of events.
8. The display of legitimate national
flags during an event shall be permitted provided they do not present a safety
risk or interfere with any other athlete or the presentation of the event.
Under no circumstances will any slogans, chants, banners, placards or such-like
of a political, religious or offensive nature be tolerated.
MISCONDUCT: APPLICABLE TO ALL
1. Runners who participate in races
they are not registered for will be disqualified and may face a ban of up to
2. Reselling of entries above the
original price (as part of the substitution process) is considered to be
3. Athletes who fail to obey the race
officials will be subject to disciplinary action and may be banned from
participation in the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon in future.
4. In the event of a transgression of
the rules, an athlete maybe warned of the transgression but such warning shall
not be a prerequisite for any sanction or disqualification which may result.
5. In the event that an athlete is
disqualified they do not qualify for a medal and will not be recognized as an
official finisher of the race.
6. Allowing another person to compete
with your number will result in disqualification of the other person and your
participation in next year's event. NO CHIP, NO RESULTS OR PRIZE MONEY.
7. IAAF Rule 144.3b: For safety reasons
the use of personal music players during road races is strongly discouraged.
Anyone using such a device in contravention of IAAF rule 144.3.b will not be
eligible for individual or team prizes. Anyone using such device who fails to
obey a reasonable instruction from a race official may be disqualified.
8. The Old Mutual Two Oceans events
take place in environmentally sensitive areas. Runners may not litter or damage
the environment in which the events take place in any way. If convicted of
littering the athlete can be disqualified.
1. The Gazebo Sites are available for
ASA Clubs and can be booked online on a first come first served basis. Only
bookings that have been confirmed and fully paid for will be accepted. The site
fee will be paid to the official race charities.
2. Clubs are only allowed one site
3. Due to strict rules laid down by
Disaster Management Services, only pre-booked sites will be available. No sites
will be available for voluntary ad-hoc erection – i.e. no confirmed booking, no
4. The Two Oceans Marathon NPC reserves
the right to move club allocated sites and to change the planned layout to meet
with requirements following SAPS and Disaster Management inspections.
5. Gazebos must be erected on the C
field (south side) within the allocated and demarcated areas.
6. Vehicles and trailers can ‘Drop and
Go’ (no parking and/or trailer storage on the field allowed whatsoever) at the
south side parking area. No club vehicles will be allowed on the fields and
club gazebos must be carried to the booked site. Entry is via the south
entrance – via the left hand lane from the M3 (Union Avenue) onto the UCT
Campus (approaching from Wynberg towards the City).
7. Access times for gazebo erection
during Good Friday will be notified to clubs. Note that the Trail and Fun Runs
take place on Good Friday from 07h00 until 15h00 and field access will be
restricted during this time.
8. All gazebos on the finish straight
must remain within their demarcated sites on the field; no gazebo may be pushed
up against the fence line. Gazebos must be open sided (i.e. no side walls may
9. The Two Oceans Marathon NPC cannot
be held responsible for the safety of club gazebos. Clubs are not permitted to
dismantle gazebos of other clubs to get a better position.
10. There must be no damage of any
description on the UCT fields or UCT property. OPEN FIRES, GAS BRAAIS, SKOTTELS
AND GAS CYLINDERS ARE NOT ALLOWED DUE TO FIRE AND SAFETY REGULATIONS.
11. Camping may not take place on
the UCT fields.
12. You will NOT BE PERMITTED TO
BRING ALCOHOL ONTO THE FIELD as all the fields are licensed areas. Alcohol for
consumption at your club gazebo may be pre-purchased via the Two Oceans
Marathon NPC offices and collected at the Beer garden situated on the B field.
This rule will be strictly enforced by the South African Police Services and
the field security team.
13. Gazebo sites measure approximately
5m x 5m. Club gazebos must not exceed this size and must be free standing. No
anchor ropes to extend outside of the demarcated areas.
14. No platforms, scaffolding or
sponsors signage may be used at the club gazebo sites.
15. Although security is provided
at the finish, neither the Two Oceans Marathon NPC, its sponsors, nor UCT will
take responsibility for any loss or damage to club property.
16. All club gazebos must be
removed by 16:00 on race day.
RULES FOR THE FUN RUNS:
1. All entrants must be in possession
of a race number issued by the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon organisers, which
must be worn on the front of their shirt.
2. 56m Nappy Dash is open for kids
between the ages of 1 and 3 years. Nappy Dash participants must be able to
3. 300m Toddler’s Trot is open for kids
between the ages 4 and 6 years.
4. Runners must keep to the designated
route, as indicated on the day.
5. Only ONE guardian may accompany a
Nappy Dash or Toddlers Trot participant along the route. Other guardians and/or
loved ones are required to wait in the general area.
6. Marshals and traffic officials must
be obeyed at all times. Failure to comply with the instructions may lead to
7. No seconding or vehicles shall be
allowed on the route. ‘
8. Sufficient refreshment stations will
be provided as per ASA rules.
9. No cyclists or vehicles will be
permitted to keep pace with runners, or allowed on the route.
10. It is the responsibility of
each runner or guardian to ensure that he/she is medically fit and healthy to
participate in the event.
11. The Organising Committee
reserves the right to accept or reject any entry.
12. In the 2.1km and 5.6km events
runners younger than 10 years must be accompanied by an adult who also has a
13. Prams, strollers and standard
wheelchairs are permitted in the 2.1 km and 5.6 km events only, but
participation is at their own risk. These participants must assemble at the
rear of the field and give way to runners at all times.
RULES FOR TRAIL RUN ENTRANTS:
1. The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon
Trail Runs take place according to the rules of IAAF and as described below.
2. The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon
Trail Runs take place on Good Friday.
3. Registration is at the Old Mutual
Two Oceans Expo on Wednesday and Thursday.
4. The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon
Trail Run 12km and 22km entrants will be eligible to purchase the official
trail run t-shirt at the Expo.
5. Runners are not required to be a
member of an athletics club to compete in the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon
6. The long TRAIL is open to runners
aged 20 years and older.
7. The short TRAIL is open to runners
aged 16 years and older.
8. Entries to these events are limited.
These limits are determined by SANParks.
9. Only online entries are accepted,
within the dates stipulated on the website. Entries close the moment the entry
limits are reached.
10. No on the day entries are
11. Runners running without
entries are regarded as trespassing and action can be taken against them by
OMTOM and/or SANParks.
12. Runners are required to run
with a registered RaceTec timing chip.
13. The issued race bibs must be
visible at all times and worn on the front and back of the upper outer
garment. ASA licences (permanent or temporary) do not need to be
14. Age category tags will be
included on the race bib. No other age category tags need be displayed.
15. To reduce congestion on the
course, participants will be started in batches based on the seeding times
submitted with the entry. Aspirant prize winners must start in the same
(first) batch to ensure competition on a gun-to-mat basis. Any athlete who
believes they should be in the first batch must arrange this at Registration.
No changes will be made on the day of the race.
16. There will be marshals on the
route for your safety, but not necessarily at all intersections. The route will
be clearly marked.
17. There is a race sweeper for
each race that will run behind the last runner and will clean the course.
18. There will be official
medical personnel on the route and at the finish line to assist with any injury
or health problem during the race.
19. For the safety of runners,
convenience of the public and efficiency of medical/race personnel there will
be cut off times at specific places on the route. These times will be made
available at registration. Competitors who miss the cut off will not be allowed
to continue on the course “on their own responsibility” as it totally defeats
the point of having the cut off in the first place.
20. Runners are required to carry basic
a. Water – Carry at least 2 Litres
b. Food – Energy Bar/ Sandwich/ Banana.
c. A cell phone charged with organiser’s number in
Ziplock bag. (021 937 0324 – emergencies only)
e. Space Blanket + Whistle
a. Water – Carry at least 1 Litre
b. A cell phone charged with organiser’s number in
Ziplock bag. (021 937 0324 – emergencies only)
21. This compulsory kit will be
checked at the Start and may be verified at any time during the race or at the
Finish. Athletes that do not have the compulsory kit when checked may be
22. The use of hiking poles is
23. Runners who decide to
withdraw at any stage of the race must inform the race organiser or marshal
24. Although there will be two
water refill points on the long trail route and one water point on short trail
route, runners are required to carry appropriate and suitable hydration with
25. There will be toilets at the
start/finish and at all other times runners should be sensitive to the
environment, the public and other participants.
26. Assistance from
non-competitors (seconds) may only be provided at official aid stations.
Participants may receive minor
assistance from other competitors at any time.
Direct physical assistance in order to
intentionally improve the result of another competitor is specifically
excluded, including but not limited to pushing, the use of ropes, poles and
bungee cords for towing, and carrying the compulsory kit for another
27. Treatment by the event
appointed medical staff may take place at any point on the course and shall not
be deemed to be assistance except if fluids or medicines are administered
intravenously – such intravenous treatment shall make the recipient ineligible
for position and performance prizes.
28. An athlete shall retire from
an event if ordered to do so by the official medical staff, identified by
armbands, vests or similar distinctive apparel.
29. For safety reasons the use of
personal music players with headphones during trail races is not allowed.
Persons using them in contravention of IAAF Rule 144.3b will not be eligible
for performance prizes.
30. Prize giving will be done
once all category prize runners have crossed the line.
31. Runners are required to
follow the route markers and stay on the marked route. Should a runner make a
wrong turn, the runner is required to return to the correct route. Any
alternative to this shall be deemed a short-cut and that runner faces the
possibility of disqualification).
32. Time and position results
will only count for those runners having completed the correct course, subject
to the discretion of the race director.
33. Runners not following the
route, and where this misdirection was found not to be due to erroneous course
marking, shall be disqualified).
34. Any appeal by a runner
regarding another participant not following the correct route must be received
by the race director within 10 minutes of the runner finishing.
35. For protests and appeals the ASA appeal
process (Rule 15) will apply.
a. Any protest regarding the competition should be
made verbally to the referee/organiser who must consider the merits of the
b. An appeal must be made within 30 minutes of the
announcement of the decision of the referee/organiser.
c. The appeal must be in writing setting out what
is in dispute. The appeal must be accompanied by a deposit of R200.
d. A Jury of Appeal will be convened consisting of
at least 3 experienced persons, one of whom will chair the process.
e. The jury will hear the matter, calling witnesses
and evidence as required.
f. The jury will make a decision, which shall be
g. If the appeal has been successful the deposit
shall be returned. If unsuccessful the deposit shall be forfeited to charity.
36. Prize money will be
transferred into the runner’s bank account once full doping results are
RULES FOR THE INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP
1. The IFR is open to International and
African runners who are participating in either of the main races.
2. Athletes who qualify for the IFR are
allowed to have up to 5 guests run the IFR at a nominal fee.
3. IFR is open for registration at the
Expo up until the day before the event.
4. No registration and no number
collection can be facilitated on event day.
5. There are no results and timing
services for this fun run.
From M3 Northbound offramp to UCT Southern entrance
07h30 - 24h00
M3 – Union Avenue
Newlands Forest Fire Station Entrance to UCT
Left lane will be fenced off for athletes, right lane will remain open at
all times for motorists travelling towards Cape Town. Please drive
cautiously. Please note – Rhodes Memorial Restaurant will be accessible
to the public via Newlands Ave / Klipper Rd and Princess Anne Avenue. Direct access from the M3 will only be via the Southbound Carriageway
09h30 – 13h30
Princess Anne Avenue Access
to and from M3 Northbound closed
09h30 – 13h30
Spectators: Please obey all officials and
marshalls and be aware of traffic when supporting the runners. Do not stand in
roadways where vehicles are travelling.
AND HALF MARATHON ROAD CLOSURES & RESTRICTIONS: 26 March 2016
21.1km: 05h50, 06h00 &
Main Road: Newlands Between Klipper Rd and Letterstedt Road, Claremont
03h30 – 06h45
Protea Road Between Main Road and the M3 NB: There will be no access to the M3 via Protea Road & Newlands Road
05h30 – 06h45
Paradise Road Protea Road to Edinburgh Drive
05h30 - 06h45
M3 Southbound From Princess Anne Ave to Ladies Mile
05h30 – 08h00
Kendal Road Between Spaanschemat River Road & Edison Road
05h30 – 08h00
Spaanschemat River Road From Doorddrift Road to Ladies Mile Extension
06h00 – 08h00
Ladies Mile Extension Between Spaanschemat River Road & Constantia Main Road
06h15 – 08h30
Parish Road From Constantia Main Road to Southern Cross Drive
06h15 – 08h30
Southern Cross Drive From Hermina Ave to Rhodes Drive
06h15 – 09h00
Main Road: Newlands to Plumstead both carriageways From Letterstedt Rd to Gabriel Rd Athletes will be moved from both sides of the road to the left at Gabriel Road
05h30 – 07h15
Main Road: Plumstead to Muizenberg Gabriel Rd to Atalantic Rd - Southbound lane (direction Muizenberg) closed, traffic diverted over Boyes Drive
06h30 – 08h15
Main Road: Muizenberg to Fish Hoek Motorists travelling south & north will be diverted over Ou Kaapse Weg. Traffic travelling to and from Kommetjie / Simonstown Roads through Fish Hoek will be diverted via Beach Road
07h00 - 09h15
Kommetjie Road: Fish Hoek From Main Road to Corsair Way, Sun Valley, motorists to share westbound (direction Kommetjie) lane. Runners use eastbound lane. Drive with caution.
07h00 – 09h15
Main Road: Muizenberg to Clovelly
From Atlantic Road to Clovelly Road.
07h00 - 09h15
Corsair Way: Sun Valley Kommetjie Road to Frigate Crescent. Both lanes closed
07h00 – 10h00
Frigate Cresent: Sun Valley Corsair Way to Chebec Crescent
07h00 – 10h00
Ou Kaapse Weg Both Directions: Expect Delays - Stop / Go control at Noordhoek Main Rd.
07h00 – 10h00
Noordhoek Main Road Northbound lane closed. Traffic to share southbound lane.
07h00 – 10h30
Silvermine Road From Village Lane to Noordhoek Main Road
07h00 – 10h30
Chapman’s Peak Drive Chapman’s Peak Drive will be closed to traffic from 03h30. Spectators permitted to enter from Hout Bay to the various picnic spots from the Hout Bay side only until 07h00.
03h30 – 14h00
Hout Bay Main Road From Chapman’s Peak to Victoria Road Circle Traffic coming into Hout Bay will be detoured away from Victoria Road Circle to Valley and then Disa River Roads. Runners will be on the northbound lane (direction Cape Town).
07h30 – 11h30
Hout Bay Road From Victoria Road Circle to Disa River Road Totally closed to traffic.
07h45 – 12h00
Hout Bay Road From Disa River Road to Constantia Nek A convoy system for motorists will operate under the direction of the traffic department. Runners will be in eastbound lane (direction Constantia Nek) i.e. their left
07h45 – 12h15
Rhodes Drive Constantia Nek to Canterbury Road Circle Both directions
05h30 – 13h00
Rhodes Drive Canterbury Road Circle to Union Ave
Stop-Go traffic can be expected in both directions.
04h00 - 06h30
Rhodes Drive Canterbury Road Circle to Union Ave Traffic may only travel south. Runners will be in lane heading towards Cape Town (their left). Please note: Kirstenbosch Gardens & Restaurant will be accessible to the public
06h30 – 13h00
M3 – Union Avenue Rhodes Drive/Newlands Ave to UCT Left lane will be coned off for athletes, right lane will remain open at all times for motorists travelling towards Cape Town. Please drive cautiously. Please note – Rhodes Memorial Restaurant will be accessible to the public
06h30 – 14h00
Princess Anne Avenue Access to and from M3 Northbound closed. Rhodes Memorial Restaurant will be accessible to the public
06h30 – 14h00
Spectators to please obey all officials and
marshalls and be aware of traffic when supporting the runners. Do not stand in
roadways where vehicles are travelling.
Traffic proceeding to the City from the False Bay Areas should
either travel before 07h00, after 09h15 or use Ou Kaapse Weg which will have a
Stop/Go control for both vehicles and runners between 07h30 and 10h00.
Residents in the following areas are requested not to park
along the route and to use alternative side streets for the duration of the
Main Road between
Klipper and San Souci Roads
Main Road from
Atlantic Road, Muizenberg through St James and Kalk Bay until the police
station just past Clovelly Road in Fish Hoek.
from 17th Avenue through to the Fish Hoek Circle at Main Road (runners
will be running towards Sun Valley facing the traffic within one lane
which will be coned off).
Hout Bay will be directed in via Pagasvlei Road and Spaanschemat River
Road to the M3 and Constantia Road and then to Claremont and Wynberg via
Alphen hill Road (Victoria Hospital) between 05h30 and 08h00
Traffic to Hout
Bay will be directed from Edison Road and Ladies Mile Roads to
Spaanschemat River Road and Pagasvlei Road to Constantia Road between
05h30 and 08h00.
Please note that the M3 Northbound Carriageway right lane between
Rhodes Drive and UCT will remain open to traffic for the duration of the event.
Delays can be expected for the duration of the Old Mutual
Two Oceans Marathon. We appeal to motorists to avoid using roads leading to the
race route. Please comply with the directions given by traffic officers and
marshals. Road signs will be in place during the week prior to the race,
advising motorists of the road closures.
experiences a major transformation over the Easter Weekend. Runners bustle all
over town, while out-of-towners and tourists fill the local restaurants and
popular running routes.
can mean only one thing: It’s OMTOM time!
one of Cape Town’s premier annual events, it’s not difficult to see why people
continuously flock to the Mother City over the Easter weekend each year. The
incredible sights and sounds of the city are what give the Old Mutual Two
Oceans Marathon its reputation for the world’s most beautiful marathon, and
it’s a reputation that has stuck.
professional athlete to first-time participant and Ultra or Half Marathon
novice - crowd support is always appreciated and for many, the unconditional
cheering is what gets them through the race.
The great news
is that the OMTOM offers some of the best and most beautiful spectator spots to
out where best to catch all the action of the world’s most beautiful marathon:
The Start –
Main Road Rondebosch
not the most scenic part of the route, the atmosphere at the start is an
experience. The nerves are palpable, an early morning chill in the air and the
anxious murmur of thousands of runners audible over the sound of footsteps and
heavy breathing as the runners amble along the dimly lit warm up stretch.
Half Marathon splits off towards Edinburgh Drive, and Protea and Paradise Roads
are usually lined with local residents enjoying their morning coffee while
shouting words of encouragement.
Main Road –
Rondebosch to Fish Hoek
crossing the start line, Ultra Marathon runners stay on Main Road all the way
to Fish Hoek, so simply choose your nearest location and support the Ultra
Marathon runners as they tackle the first 20km of their race along this flat
section of the route.
popular stretch between Muizenberg and Kalk Bay, a bustling spectator spot, is
where Ultra runners get their first glimpse of the ocean for a very first time.
Easing into a comfortable rhythm, this long (mostly flat) section allows for a little
appreciation of the spectacular views before the real hard work begins. The
many coffee shops and restaurants lining this stretch offer sustenance and
chill once the runners have passed.
Fish Hoek – Kommetjie Road If you get too hot in the sun, the beach and sea will act as a welcome
respite while not missing out on any of the festivities of the race.
Main Road – Noordhoek The gently undulating 4km section along Noordhoek Main Road offers friends
and family the opportunity to cheer Ultra athletes on before they tackle the
first big climb of the day. Chapman’s Peak is waiting and while the pace
is fast, most runners will be conserving their strength for the second half of
Chapman’s Peak Starting at Noordhoek Village and winding its way along the mountain’s
edge to Hout Bay, Chapman’s Peak is surely the most well-liked landmark along
the route, the start of which marks the 28km mark for Ultra Marathon runners.
The most breath-taking views await the runners on the seemingly endless and beautiful
climb, which rewards them with unparalleled vistas of the Atlantic Ocean and
Hout Bay up ahead. A fabulous point to give runners a little extra push
before they embark on the climb ahead.
this stretch of the route is not accessible by car, so you may want to pack a
picnic and take an early hike up the famous Chappies.
Hout Bay & The Marathon Mark, to the top of Constantia Nek Hout Bay Main Road becomes a non-stop party zone as residents line the
street from the bottom of Chappies, all along the quaint fisherman’s village to
the top of Constantia Nek. This is where runners will also hit the marathon
mark, a milestone – and sometimes, barrier – for many runners, both physically
fields and dirt tracks alongside the route at this point, this is a fabulous
place for spectators to fully immerse themselves in the spirit of the race.
Runners need a lot of support here and your encouragement is invaluable on the
second and most taxing climb ahead!
incline of the Constantia Nek climb can make or break even the most seasoned
athlete. Give the athletes as much support as you can at this point…They’re
going to need it!
Nek – Ladies Mile/Parish Road
While Ultra Marathon runners are chipping away at their gruelling task, Half
Marathon runners will be preparing themselves for their second climb of the
day: Up the long, steep Southern Cross Drive.
they do, make your way to the Ladies Mile / Parish Road intersection and offer
them some support and the final boost they need to conquer Southern Cross.
Cross Drive Southern Cross Drive is the one section of the Half Marathon route that
is dreaded by the majority of first-time participants. It’s steep, seems
never-ending and it’s probably the first place where runners will gear down to
walking pace. But the crowd support cannot be beat.
Cross Drive section of the Half Marathon boasts cheering crowds, bands and
general merriment, and you can add your voice to the sea of support.
Cecelia Forest – along Rhodes Drive A large shoulder flanks the road on one side, creating a spectacular cool
and shady viewing point for spectators, (especially on the inclines). Road
closures prohibit travelling to and from the forest, however, if you live in
the area and are up for a little bit of a walk, take a stroll and admire the
sights. The Half Marathon runners will be gearing up for a strong finish, while
the Ultra Marathon runners will need that extra boost to catapult them to the
finish. Help them get there.
Kirstenbosch Gardens By the time the runners reach Newlands Forest, they can just about taste
the sweet victory of the finish line. But there’s still Chet’s Hill – usually a
fairly insignificant climb that becomes a major pre-finish hurdle on Race Day.
Cheer them on before they reach their final challenge on the way to the finish! The leafy road going past the Kirstenbosch Gardens entrance offers plenty of shade, and this section of the route is a crowd favourite.
UCT – Rondebosch: The Finish Line
The festivities at the finish line are not to be missed! From dramatic
sprints as runners race towards a personal best to the high-drama of the final
cut-off gun, as well as the prize giving that has now moved to a prestigious
spot on the VIP marquee deck on the other side of the finish strait… The finish
line is the place to be to cheer on your loved ones and fully experience the emotional
rollercoaster of the event.
IMPORTANT PARKING & ROAD CLOSURE REMINDER
Familiarise yourself with the road closures and ensure that you know where to park and/or how to walk to your chosen spectator spot. Steer clear of high congestion zones, especially if you want to leave without hassle.
Parking at UCT can
be pre-booked at the Expo. Space is limited, and tickets will be sold on a
first come first served basis. Some of the schools in the surrounding area also
sell parking on their sports fields. The start and finish are 2km
apart and it is an easy downhill walk to the start from UCT. A free shuttle service will be available between
the UCT Sports Centre and the start, Groote Schuur school fields, S.A.C.S. and
Westerford fields. You will not be able to drive onto the campus on Race Day without the necessary parking accreditation.
No parking is allowed on the M3 and doing so
will result in being ticketed or even being towed away.
Tog bags are stored in the Tog Bag Facility at the bag owner's risk.
Need to have your tog bag transported to the finish field while you run? A free Tog Bag Facility will be available on Race Day in the road above the UCT finish fields. The facility will be clearly signposted for easy location.
Simply bring your clearly labeled tog bag to one of the Tog Bag Trucks that will be available at:
the start in Dean Street for the Half Marathon
outside the Great Westerford Building for the Ultra Marathon.
Please attach the label provided at the Tog Bag Truck to your tog bag, and ensure that you keep the opposing label safe while you run. You will need the matching label to claim your bag.
Every care will be
taken to ensure that the bags are safeguarded. However, please don't leave expensive or valuable items in these bags as the organisers cannot accept responsibility for any losses.
Parking at UCT and near the start is limited. Runners are advised to share lifts to the start and to be dropped off within walking distance. Some of the schools near the start will provide parking. The "Jammie Shuttle" bus service will take runners back to the parking areas at the start free of charge. These will leave from 10:00 onwards from the UCT Indoor Sports Centre.
Click here to see some of our dedicated parking spots
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.
Memorise this number in the case of a medical emergency. Information relating to runners who have been admitted to the Medical Tent will be available at the Information Tent next to the finish. More info on the medical stations on our separate Medical Station section on the website. There will be a number of rubbing stations on the route.