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Home >> Information >> We Support #RunClean. Do You?

We Support #RunClean. Do You?

  • Ultra Marathon
  • Half Marathon
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.

Race Day:

  • 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.

 Post-Race:

  • 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.

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