Entries close for the 2015 Half Marathon - but charity entries will be available soon
Online entries for the 2015 Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon opened to a massive online demand at 10 am on 19 November and closed within 2 hours 15 minutes.
Runners still hoping to participate in the Half Marathon on 4 April 2015 can run for a good cause by entering through a charity from 25 November 2014, while substitution entries will open on 23 January 2015.
Entries for the Ultra Marathon are still open. Entries for the 10km & 22km Trail Runs open at 10 am on 4 December 2014.
Positive response to online queueing system
Due to the massive demand for Half Marathon entries, the organisers had an online queueing system in place to funnel prospective entrants into the online entry portal.
According to Carol Vosloo, General Manager of the Two Oceans Marathon NPC, there were 11 000 runners waiting in the online queue by the time entries had opened at 10 am.
“By the time we had to close entries, there were still roughly 6 000 people in the queue. While it is exciting for us to have such a great demand for entries for the world’s most beautiful Half Marathon, it is still sad to have to leave behind those who weren’t able to secure their entry before everything was snapped up.”
Vosloo added that, while the overwhelming response to the online queueing system and the manner in which runners were able to enter was positive, there were runners who experienced payment issues.
“We had to make a number of changes to our online entry system to align ourselves with South African banks’ increased safety measures to counteract the rise in internet fraud. One of the measures in place was to send a one-time PIN to the credit card holder. However, due to a delay in confirmation from certain banks to their card holders, some runners were unable to finalise their entries."
For more information please visit www.twooceansmarathon.org.za. You can can also join the online conversation on www.facebook.com/TwoOceansMarathon, @2OceansMarathon on Twitter and Instagram (or by following and using the #OMTOM2015 hashtag).