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Release 1: ONLINE ENTRIES FOR WORLD’S MOST BEAUTIFUL MARATHON OPENING SOON

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Online entries for the 2012 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, the country’s biggest road running event, open on 5 October 2011. The event takes place on Easter Saturday 7 April 2012, and is expected to attract yet another record field if this year’s figure of over 30 000 entrants across all the distances is anything to go by.

This year sees the entry process split and from 5 October 2011, participants will be able to enter online for the 56km ultra marathon and the fun runs only. Entries for the 21km half marathon will open on 9 November 2011, which is also when entry forms for both events will be available in sports stores around the country.

Entries for the trail runs will open on 18 January 2012, and trail enthusiasts wanting to secure their spot in this popular event will need to enter as soon as possible, as entries sold out in less than a day for this year’s event.

Due to a renewed interest amongst the ultra marathon running fraternity, participants are encouraged to get their qualifying marathon done as soon as they can and to submit their entry to avoid disappointment. The qualifying window is 1 September 2011 to 7 March 2012. South African entrants wanting to run the ultra marathon must belong to a registered running club and have a valid provincial licence number, as no temporary licences will be issued for the 56km event.

Half marathon runners will be pleased to know that 16 000 entries will be made available for next year’s event. The field has been increased in consultation with various role players, including the City of Cape Town’s disaster management team, medical services, University of Cape Town and the traffic authorities.

The race organisers have also extended the seeding times for the various starting batches and introduced a new route for the first ten kilometres of the half marathon, which will see participants make their way to the M3, up Edinburgh Drive and back onto the old route in Constantia, which will help to alleviate the congestion experienced at the start.

Online entries close on 7 March 2012 or when 16 000 entries for the half marathon and 11 000 for the ultra marathon are reached – whichever comes first. Participants are encouraged to enter online at www.twooceansmarathon.org.za. Alternatively, entry forms can be downloaded from the website, or picked up from leading sports shops and running clubs countrywide from November 2011.

The race office is also excited to announce that runners will now be able to downgrade, upgrade, substitute or do seeding changes online. Participants should visit the event’s new website at www.twooceansmarathon.org.za for more details and to check out the new marketing campaign for the 2012 event.

Issued by: Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Race Office
Contact: Stefanie Schultzen
Tel: (021) 657 5159
Cell: 072-457 8085
Email: stefanie@TwoOceansMarathon.org.za

Sue Ullyett
Tel: (021) 671 0527
Cell: 083 305 4842
Email: sullyett@mweb.co.za

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