Just over 800 entries available for 2015 Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon
Entries for the 2015 Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon are running out, with just over 800 spots at the start line still available.
The 46th Ultra Marathon will take place on Easter Saturday, 4 April 2015. And for the second year in a row, entries are expected to sell out well ahead of the official 4 March 2015 closing date.
To qualify for participation in the Ultra Marathon, runners must have completed at least one full marathon (42.2km) after 1 July 2014 in under five hours. However, runners do not have to pre-qualify to enter and have until 4 March 2015 to submit their qualifying times.
South African Ultra Marathon entrants are also required to belong to a registered running club and have a valid running licence. No temporary licences will be issued to Ultra Marathon runners.
Old Mutual’s R1 million bonus
In addition to the prize money that can be won by the Ultra Marathon winners, title sponsor Old Mutual has once again confirmed its R1 million bonus to the winning male and female runner who respectively breaks the record for the 56km Ultra Marathon in 2015.
The men’s record of 3:03:44 was set in 1988 by road running legend Thompson Magawana, while Frith van der Merwe set the women’s record a year later in 1989 when she ran 3:30:36.
The closest any runner has come since then is Zimbabwean Marko Mambo, who ran 3:05:39 in 2005, and who has won the race three times. Russian Olesya Nurgalieva ran the second fastest women’s time in 2008 when she crossed the finish line in 3:34:53.
This will be the 16th year that Old Mutual sponsors this prestigious road race.