Two Oceans Marathon awarded IAU Gold Label Status
The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon has once again been awarded International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) Gold Label status.
Receiving this sought-after status not only gives the Two Oceans Marathon more prestige on the global stage; it also means that the Ultra Marathon is an official selection race for the World Trophy 50km Final later this year.
The IAU introduced IAU Labelling for qualifying events to ensure that:
- The race course is measured to conform to the IAAF regulations - especially important when a World or Continental Best Performance is run (this is the only way performances can be fairly compared).
- The race is recognised by its own National Athletics Federation.
- Ultra running as a global sport moves closer to National Federations on a global scale.
This means that only performances in IAU labelled races are officially recognised. This is not only important for possible "Best Performances" but also for the calculations of any travel grants distributed at major IAU competitions (MIAUCs).