Ultra entries go under the hammer
Runners will have a chance to bid for an ultra marathon entry when six entries go on auction from Thursday 8 March. Bidding opens at R900 each and interested participants can post their bid at dogreatthings.co.za/running/two-oceans-marathon.
The auction runs through until 13 March, with one entry awarded to the highest bidder of each day. Winners will be announced the day after each bid. Winning bids will also receive a PUMA product voucher worth R1 500 and their race entry includes an ‘A’ seeding. Please note that the standard t's and c's apply for the auction - this is a qualifier of 42.2 km need to be completed within the stipulated times.
The auctions were introduced a few years ago as part of a fundraising drive. Money raised through the auctions will go to the Two Oceans Marathon Initiative (TOMI) that will provide much needed funding for a select group of charities. These charities are SANParks and their Honorary Rangers, the Western Province Kids Athletics Programme and the I Am Water Trust.
According to race director Rowyn James: “We really wanted to spread the goodwill and feel that having a group of charities benefit from our event is definitely the way forward. Our priorities lie with ensuring that the education and sporting needs of children are met, that education facilities are provided and upgraded, and that that environmental issues involving South Africa’s parks, flora and fauna are included, as well as our oceans.”