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Home >> Information >> Your Guide to Race Week - from A - Z

Your Guide to Race Week - from A - Z

This handy guide should help you navigate OMTOM Race Week without breaking a sweat.




Only the following advertising or branding may be displayed on a club competitor’s upper body attire (ASA rule 143):

> The Old Mutual name on the race number.

> The small logo and/or name of the clothing manufacturer. 

> The name of the club sponsor may appear either as part of the name or independent of the club name. Club sponsor identification may appear once only.

If you are unsure, please visit the website for a list of what is not allowed to make sure that your race day kit complies.


The event’s official policy is that no littering will be tolerated anywhere on the route, including at Refreshment Stations, the Start and the Finish.  Littering is defined as the act of disposing of waste items anywhere except in a container provided for that purpose.  The event waste items include plastic water sachets, paper cups, bottles, wrappers and containers whether supplied by the organisers or brought to the race by the participants.  

Littering is considered intentional when there is no litter receptacle in the immediate vicinity of where such items are disposed of.  Participants guilty of intentional littering may be subject to a fine, disqualification or barring from future Two Oceans Marathon events.  Participants identified by race officials as littering will be warned by showing a Yellow card.  A second yellow card may result in a red card (disqualification) during or after the event.

In addition, video cameras on the route will be reviewed both during and after the event for evidence of participants intentionally littering and referred to WP Athletics for disciplinary steps.




A blue number is awarded to any runner that has officially completed 10 Ultra Marathons. Runners who complete 10 Half Marathons receive a light blue number. Blue Number Club members have a special area for Race Number Collection and at the finish where they can relax, meet old friends, renew acquaintances and buy memorabilia.





Entries can be confirmed on the website by hovering your mouse over “Enter” and then by clicking on “Am I entered?” and printing the acknowledgement page. Your original entry was acknowledged to a valid email address (as supplied), and your race number is SMSed to you. Please ensure that you bring a form of entry confirmation, your timing chip and ID document (or permanent residence permit) to Race Number Collection.



Official club kit on race day is encouraged, although in accordance with ASA rule, 103.1 club kit is optional. Your race day kit must comply with the relevant advertising rules. Club kit must be worn to qualify for team prizes. Your 2017 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon race numbers must be worn unaltered throughout the race on the front and back of your running vest and NOT on your running shorts.



56km: The race is run from gun to gun. Cut-off is 7 hours. Runners who have not reached the following marks in the times specified will not be allowed to continue:

        25km at 09h50 - Sunvalley, Corsair Way

         28km at 10:10 - Halfway, Noordhoek Main Road.

         42,2km at 12:00 - Outside Four Season's Guest farm Hout Bay Main Road


21km: The official cut-off time at the finish is 09:30. Runners who have not reached the corner of Rhodes Drive and Orchard Avenue (18km) by 09:10 will not be allowed to continue. Runners who can’t walk an average of 8.5 minutes per km are strongly discouraged from entering.

If you do not reach the cut-off points within the required time, you will be asked to retire from the race and leave the road. YOU MAY NOT CONTINUE IN THE RACE. Athletes who fail to obey the race officials will be subject to disciplinary action and may be banned from participation in the Two Oceans Marathon in future. Transport will be provided at all the cut-off points to take the runners back to the finish. 



iPods, MP3 players or music devices of any sort with earphones or headphones are NOT allowed, as these are a safety hazard and hinder your interaction with race officials and marshals. Running with these items could  result in disqualification. You will be disqualified if you fail to listen to a marshal or traffic official as a result of wearing ear phones.


The Expo will take place at the CTICC, Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town and will open during the following hours:

> Wednesday 12 April 2017 09:00 – 19:00

> Thursday 13 April 2017 09:00 – 19:00

> Friday 14 April 2017 08:00 – 17:00

The largest running-related expo in the Western Cape takes place at the CTICC in Cape Town. This lifestyle expo offers visitors all sorts of interesting stands with everything there is to know about road running and related elements under one roof.

As the official Race Number Collection point for the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, this expo attracts over 55 000 visitors over the three days. Over the years, it has become much more than just a running expo, and now includes top sporting brands, apparel, supplements, outdoor adventure sports and sporting tours, to name just a few. It is an opportunity for all sport enthusiasts to experience the latest trends in the running and sporting arena and to be part of the exciting atmosphere leading up to the world’s most beautiful marathon.





The carrying of national flags is permitted provided they are wrapped around the athlete’s shoulders and do not cause an obstruction or create a safety risk. No flagpoles are permitted on the event. Any entrant running with a pole is subject to disqualification and ban from future Two Oceans Marathon events. The only runners permitted to have poles for the event are the official appointed athletes e.g. pace setters and Go Green ambassadors.

Participants may not display any commercial advertising or political or religious references/slogans.



Please contact the OMTOM team for general enquiries on 086 126 2326.



It is imperative that runners fill in the medical information on the back of their race number. Should a runner require hospital treatment or ambulance transport, he/she will be charged according to the hospital tariff rate.

(021) 937 0324 > Please 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 is inside the Official OMTOM Magazine.



Ahead of race day, please make sure you arrange a specific meeting place to meet your supporters at the finish. The most suitable venue would be at the dedicated meeting points at the back of the grandstand seating.



There are a number of bands along the routes, as well as music at various refreshment station points. Feel free to sing and dance along and smile, as much as possible to thank them for coming out to support you. Please also note that any excessively loud music played in backpacks, through music players or car radio’s by either participants or supports, will be moderated in compliance with City of Cape Town bylaws.



Runners MAY NOT TRANSFER their race numbers and/or timing chips to other runners. Any runner who is found guilty of breaking this rule will be banned from the race for one year in addition to them being disqualified from the current year. This is an important safety measure and in the interests of your safety!





Parking at UCT and near the start is very limited. Runners are advised to share lifts to the start and to be dropped off within walking distance. You will only be able to park at UCT if you have a pre-paid parking ticket that allows you access from 02h00 to 09h30.

If you have purchased a pre-paid parking ticket for Groote Schuur or UCT  it will be placed in your race pack. Pre-paid parking tickets for Groote Schuur will be sold at the Expo at R60 per ticket on a first come first serve basis.

No parking is allowed on the M3 and anyone parking in contravention of road signs will be ticketed.

There is a free Shuttle Service that runs from the UCT Visitor’s Information Center to the various parking areas.

If you want to be picked up, arrange your driver to meet you at the Pick-up Zone at the corner of Main Road and Dean Street. The Shuttle Busses will collect you at UCT and drop you off at the Pick-up Zone.

Full parking maps and information will be available to view at Race Number Collection and on the website www.twooceansmarathon.org.za.



A number of your fellow runners will be kitted out as pace setters and will carry flags letting you know at what time they will be completing the race. Please join in a group that suits your pace and share in the fun and spirit that they inspire.



There will be a number of physio stations along the route and at the finish. Visit our website or see inside the Official OMTOM Magazine for more details.



Prams, strollers or pets are not permitted in the Trail Runs, 21km or 56km events. Only pre-approved guide dogs are permitted.



08:30     Half Marathon Prize Giving

12:00     Ultra Marathon Prize Giving

Prize Giving will take place at the UCT finish.

There will be a “Winner’s Circle” situated at the Race Info tent where all Category Winners will receive their category medal and be photographed.  The category prizes are NOT included in the main prize giving.





The two race numbers that you collect at Race Number Collection must be worn without alteration on the back and front of your running vest or crop top. Race numbers may NOT be attached to your running shorts. Unlicensed runners must run in plain colours without advertising on their vest or T-shirts. All runners must, at all times, have two race numbers affixed on the front and back of their running vest, t-shirt or crop top. Provincial licence or ASA licence numbers do not have to be worn, as special OMTOM race numbers will be issued.



You must attach your RaceTec Chip to either your left or right shoe using your laces. Keep it in a safe place as your RaceTec Chip is linked to your personal profile and can be used at any event timed by RaceTec.


> Your chip is not transferable to another runner as it is personalised for your use only.
> Have your chip scanned at Race Number Collection to check that you have the correct chip and that your details are correct. 

> Remember to attach your RaceTec chip to your running shoe before you leave for the race to prevent it being left at home.

> No chip – no results – no exceptions.

> No other timing chip (previously used) in Two Oceans Marathons will be valid.



A number of well-stocked refreshment stations will be provided on the route. For a full list of where and what please see the details inside the Official OMTOM Magazine or go onto our website.



Follow these steps for a hassle-free process.

> All runners must collect their race numbers and packs on the designated Race Number Collection days.

> Race Number Collection will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) during the Expo on:

• Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 April from 9am to 7pm (International Friendship Run participants can enter on these two days at the CTICC).

• Friday 14 April from 8am to 5pm


What to bring:

Confirmation of your entry via email or SMS Proof of identification (e.g. ID, passport, drivers licence) RaceTec chip – if you already have one

In the event participants cannot personally collect their race number and a pack, a substitute will need to present a printed permission letter with race details before any race related material will be issued. This letter is available for download on the website.


What to bring if collecting on behalf of someone:

Entry confirmation Print out and complete form on the website to give permission Copy of entrant’s ID Printed ID of person collecting


Runners who have completed 10 or more Ultra Marathons all qualify as members of the Blue Number Club (BNC). Members of this club are issued permanent numbers for life and can register at the BNC desk at the expo.


No late entries or entries on Race Number Collection day will be accepted.


Any participants found running in a race they are not registered for on the day will be disqualified from future Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon events.



Category results will be displayed on the boards inside the Category Winner’s Circle. The RaceTec Results Centre will be situated near the finish line. Provisional results will be available online on the Two Oceans Marathon and RaceTec websites within 24 hours.

(Contact info@twooceansmarathon.org.za with any queries.)



A number of vehicles will be travelling continually along the route. They will be available to transport you to the finish should you retire from the race, and/or from the various cut-off points.


Road closures will take place on the 14th and 15th April. Please plan for additional time on your route to compensate for any traffic and to find parking . l. Don’t forget to check our website and communication platforms to keep updated.




The entire field is seeded with an alphabetical letter as part of their race number. This letter will correspond to the starting pens at the start. You may start in a seeding group behind yours, but NOT in one ahead.

Note the 21km start times:

  • A - C: 06:00*

  • D: 06:10*

  • E: 06:20*

Runners will be seeded according to their qualifying times they provided. If no qualifying time is provided, then the runner will start in group E.

*Times are subject to change.


21km: The Half Marathon (groups A-D) starts in front of the Ultra start area in Main Road, Newlands.

Note the 21km start times:

  • A - C: 06:00*

  • D: 06:10*

  • E: 06:20*


The start is within 2km walking distance from the UCT Campus.

*Times are subject to change.


56km: The Ultra starts after the Half Marathon outside South African Breweries at the bottom of Dean Street, on the Main Road at 06h40*.

*Times are subject to change.


Spectator spots can be found at various locations along the route. Our supporters guide can be found on the OMTOM website and lists the perfect spots for friends and family to support you during the race.



A tog bag facility will be available on the day of the race in P1 Upper Campus Parking area at the UCT fields. Runners must make use of the Tog Bag Trucks that will be available at the start. Tog bags will be taken back to the finish venue. All of these facilities will have signage with timeframes for drop off before each race. Runners must ensure tog bags are labelled with their names on the inside in case they lose their tags. Every care will be taken to ensure that the bags are safeguarded. However, runners are advised not to leave expensive or valuable items in their bags, as OMTOM can’t accept responsibility for any loss of items or togs bags.


Please use the toilets that are available at the UCT grounds and at the start. Please leave the toilet in the same state that you would like to find it. Numerous complaints have been received in the past from the public whose private property has been fouled. This sort of anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated. There will be toilets at the start and finish and at all refreshments stations on route.



Follow your favourite runners’ progress via the RaceTec Tracking App.





Runners running their 10th Ultra or Half Marathon will have yellow numbers. Those earning their blue, double blue or triple blue numbers are requested to finish on the right-hand side. Marshals will be at the finish to guide you to a special area where you will be awarded with your relevant permanent blue number and will be suitably photographed. Runners who have achieved their permanent light blue or blue number (21km and 56km) are invited to the Blue Number Club on race day, which is situated on the M3 side near the footbridge over the finishing straight.