We open entries on Monday 1 November
and are extremely excited about all on offer for the 2011 event. This year over 27 000 participants took part in the various distances including the fun runs, making it the biggest running event in Africa. Our flagship race, the ultra marathon, attracted 9000 competitors, while the half marathon saw 11700 runners take part – a limited field in the interests of runner safety as per advice from the City’s Disaster Management team, but it still remains the biggest half marathon in Africa. Entries had to close off four weeks prior to the scheduled closing date, which meant that we turned away about 3 000 disappointed runners. Remember to enter early, particularly for the half marathon, to avoid missing out.
As you know, the Easter weekend is an extremely festive one in Cape Town, attracting runners from all over the country and the world, plus a large number of spectators who line the route or assist with staffing the 33 refreshment stations. In 2010 the Institute for Tourism and Leisure Studies of the North West University in Potchefstroom completed a marketing analysis and economic impact survey, which estimated that the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon brings a spend of R223-million into the Western Cape.
Our vision going forward is to expand the Two Oceans Marathon for the benefit of sport, health, communities and charities and, especially for the City of Cape Town. We believe that ultimately our event has the potential to attract 30 000 to 35 000 participants over the weekend, equalling some of the biggest marathons in the world such as London, New York, Berlin, Boston and Chicago.