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Race numbers – what they mean

  • Ultra Marathon
  • Half Marathon

Every race number tells a story. This year we have huge number of novices in both the ultra and half marathon. You will recognise the ultra novices by their green diagonal stripes on their race numbers and the half marathon novices will have pink diagonal stripes. The letter in front of the race number indicates the seeding group and every runner has their first name printed under their race number. The runner’s history is indicated at the bottom on the left – how many ultra and/or half marathons previously run at Two Oceans and at the bottom on the right, the age category is indicated. In the middle is the runner’s surname and below that the club or country depending on the entry – international or local. Apart from the colour of the number, the range of numbers also indicates the distance.

  • Participants in the ultra marathon will have green race numbers and each participant will be issued with two race numbers – one for the front and one for the back of their vest.
  • All novice athletes in the ultra marathon will be identified with green diagonal stripes across the race number.
  • Half marathon runners will wear a white race number.
  • All novice athletes in the half marathon will be identified with pink diagonal stripes across the race number.
  • All International athletes will be identified with an orange race number.
  • Ultra runners who have run ten or more ultras have a blue number, while half marathon runners who have run ten or more half marathons, have a light blue number. Each year these numbers are issued in the sequence that the runners finish – there are just over 4 000 runners that have already completed ten or more ultras.
  • An athlete running in a yellow number has completed 9 runs in the distance he is participating in. At the finish line, these runners will receive their blue or light blue numbers.
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