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Home >> News >> OMTOM Half Marathon to adopt ballot application process for 2017

OMTOM Half Marathon to adopt ballot application process for 2017

  • Half Marathon

Following extensive feedback from past Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon participants, and presenting practical options to the Two Oceans Marathon NPC board of directors and our main sponsors, it has been decided that the entry process for the Half Marathon will change to a ballot system for 2017.

This is in keeping with international best practice as utilised by other high profile mass-participation events like the New York and London Marathons.

The Process For 2017

The new ballot system is an applications process whereby prospective Half Marathon participants will have the opportunity to submit their application – or interest to enter - through the online applications system via the OMTOM website.

Blue Number & Yellow Number Holders

Blue and Yellow number holders will receive an exclusive, non-transferable invitation to enter and pay for their entry between 31 October and 10 November 2016. There are 1 000 entries available in this pool. Blue and Yellow number holders who do not meet the 10 November payment deadline, or fall outside of the 1 000 entry limit, will be added to the ballot.

All Other Runners

  • Step 1 – Apply: Runners interested in participating in the Half Marathon must submit their online ballot application between 1 and 10 November 2016. They must also update their details during this time. This application does not guarantee anyone of an entry, and runners’ chances of being drawn are equal, regardless of whether they submit their application on 1 and 10 November 2016.
  • Step 2 – Draw: Two audited computer-generated random draws will take place on:
    • 10 November 2016 for paid-up, licensed members of any South African running club
    • 17 November 2016 for the general public, as well as running club members whose names were not drawn on 11 November 2016.
    •  Step 3 - Payment: Successful applicants will receive entry confirmation emails, with instructions to finalise their payment:
      • SA Running Club members (6 000 entries available):
        • Confirmation notification:  11 November 2016
        • Payment window: 12pm on 11 November – 4pm on 17 November 2016
  • All runners (balance of entries):
    • Confirmation notification: 18 November 2016
    • Payment window: 12pm on 18 November – 4pm on 24 November 2016

Runners who do not meet the payment deadline will forfeit their entry.

Unsuccessful applicants will receive an email notification on 25 November 2016, inviting them to secure a charity entry, or to secure a substitution entry between 9 January and 6 March 2017.

CLICK HERE for detailed information around Half Marathon entries.

The decision to introduce a ballot process to the Half Marathon was not taken lightly. But we have reached the point where the Half Marathon is oversubscribed, and where the demand for entries far exceeds the availability.

In the past few years, entries also sold out within hours. This has placed incredible strain on our entry system and affected its communication with banking servers, which made for a frustrating experience.

By moving to a ballot system and in turn, avoiding the rush that inevitably leads to frustration and disappointment, we are able to offer runners a smooth, inclusive and fair entry process, and a better experience overall.

Charity Entries

2 000 entries will be made available to charity groups, who can apply to use the event as a fundraising platform.

The list of charity partners will be published on the website soon. Runners who are unsuccessful in the ballot process may approach any one of these charity partners and run for a good cause.

Entry Fee

The Half Marathon entry fees are:


Entry Fee


RaceTec Chip*


Half Marathon (Blue Number Club)


R40 Temp License, or can submit Club License



Half Marathon (ASA Clubs)**

Half Marathon (All Runners)**

Half Marathon (Africa)


Temp License incl.



Half Marathon (International)


Temp License incl.



* If you already own a RaceTec timing chip, you do not have to buy a new one.

** DO NOT FORGET: The entry fee is only payable when your name is successfully drawn from the ballot.

The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon takes place on Saturday, 15 April 2017.

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You may also contact the entries team at info@twooceansmarathon.org.za or 0861 262326.