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Home >> News >> Media Area >> 2011 >> Release 6 - OLD MUTUAL TWO OCEANS HALF MARATHON ENTRIES UP FOR AUCTION


Media Release

Those runners who missed out on an Old Mutual Two Oceans half marathon entry will have the chance to bid for one when 20 entries go up for auction from Thursday 3 February, as part of a major fundraising initiative for the Bobs for Good Foundation, the official event charity.

Bidding for these entries opens at R900 each and provides those participants who missed the entry deadline with a chance to secure an entry. Interested participants can post their bid at www.oldmutual.co.za/twooceansmarathon. The auction runs for 20 days until 23 February, with one entry awarded to the highest bidder of each day. Winners will be announced the day after each bid. Winning bids will also receive a PUMA product voucher worth R1 500 and their race entry includes an ‘A’ seeding.

“13 500 entries were received for the half marathon in just over two months and when entries closed in early January, there were many disappointed runners who didn’t get an entry. This is a way for us to help out a few of them, while also raising funds for our charity Bobs for Good,” said race director Rowyn James.

There will also be five trail run entries available with bidding opening on Monday 7 February, starting at R900 and running for five days until 11 February. The auction for the ten ultra marathon entries opens on 17 March, the day after ultra entries close, with bidding opening at R900. This auction will run through until 26 March.

All funds raised through this initiative will go towards Bobs for Good, a local non-profit organisation, established out of the need to restore dignity and pride to underprivileged learners by giving them a new pair of South African made leather school shoes valued at R100 each.

According to Old Mutual’s sponsorship manager Frank Brooks, the auction was first introduced for the 2009 event and has proved to be a successful, yet novel way to raise some extra funds for the official event charity. “It provides those select few who weren’t able to get an entry with a chance to still run the event and support a worthy cause at the same time.”

Issued By:Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Race Office
Contact:Stefanie Schultzen
Telephone:021 657 5140
Contact:Sue Ullyett