Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Unveils 2016 Medals
The organisers of the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon (OMTOM) have offered runners a sneak peek of the event’s 2016 Ultra Marathon medals.
The medals handed out to the OMTOM winners and finishers have become a coveted collectors’ item, with athletes curious to see what each year’s race has in store.
“We design new medals every year. Africa is often a focal point, as we are proudly African, South African and Capetonian, but we also incorporate our event marketing campaign or iconic elements like Table Mountain into the design,” says Stefanie Schultzen, Marketing Manager of the Two Oceans Marathon NPC, organisers of the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon.
This year, the event message focuses around “Run As One”, a catch phrase that not only embodies the unifying spirit of the event and running as a sport, but has also become a symbol of hope and tolerance.
“It is therefore fitting that the Run As One message will be superimposed on the map of Africa. There is no more beautiful display of the rainbow nation – a world as one on Race Day, when individuals of all shapes, sizes, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds come together and run towards a common goal. We ‘Run As One’, with road and trail becoming the ultimate equaliser,” adds Schultzen.
The Ultra Marathon medals in particular will see a special twist, with Run As One printed in full colour on the Gold and Sainsbury medals. The Sainsbury medal will be produced in colour in memory of former OMTOM race director, Chet Sainsbury – also lovingly known as Mr Two Oceans – who passed away in February 2016.
Runners will also have the opportunity to have their provisional time engraved on the back of their medal on Race Day. Pre-orders are necessary.
The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon festivities kick off on 23 March with the opening of the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Expo at the CTICC. The Trail and Fun Runs take place at the University of Cape Town on 25 March, while runners will tackle the Ultra and Half Marathons on 26 March.
For more information, visit http://www.twooceansmarathon.org.za, and join the online conversation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/@TwoOceansMarathon, Twitter at www.twitter.com/2oceansmarathon or Instagram at www.instagram.com/2oceansmarathon, and follow the #RunAsOne hashtag.