JUST OVER TWO WEEKS TO GO!
It has been a rollercoaster time for us. While the excitement
is mounting and we're gearing up for the 2016 Old Mutual Two Oceans
Marathon, we also had to say goodbye to Chet Sainsbury, our former race
director for almost 30 years, who passed away after a cancer battle
earlier two weeks ago.
Chet, also lovingly known as Mr Two
Oceans, was undoubtedly one of the finest administrators in South
African running. More than that, he was our mentor and friend, and we
are poorer without him.
CLICK HERE for a glimpse into his remarkable life.
have now officially closed and we are busy with our final seeding run.
Your final race details will be SMS'ed to you, so be sure to check that
your online profile lists a valid cell phone number.
Read on for other essential OMTOM news and information.
Happy running and until next week!
The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Organising Team
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important news snippets
| NEW TRAIL RUN START TIMES: We have made some changes to the Trail Run start times for Friday, 25 March 2016. Click here for more information on the start and cut-off times. |
| PRELIMINARY ROAD CLOSURES:
Understanding Race Day Road Closures doesn't just help you plan your
travel times & routes; it also helps spectators find their way
around. Click here for more. |
| EXHIBIT AT THE EXPO (23 - 25 MARCH 2016). Be a part of one of SA's largest running related expos, boasting over 50,000 visitors over three days. Email Liezle@conker.co.za for more info. |
| UNDERSTANDING GUN TO MAT TIMING: The OMTOM utilises Gun To Mat timing on Race Day. Understand how it works, and why we use it. Click here for all the details. |
oMTOM SPECTATOR SPOTS
There's no sweeter moment for a runner than to find a loved one
somewhere along the course - or even a stranger shouting your name.
The great news is that world's most beautiful marathon has some of the
world's most beautiful spectator spots, and you can pack a picnic and
make a morning of cheering on friends and strangers alike.
Have a look at our handy Spectators' Guide and decide where you want to lend your support.
(Top Tip: have a look at the event road closures and plan how you will get to your chosen spot and where to park.)
MEDICAL NEWSFLASH: WHEN INJURY STRIKES As
a runner, you know that potential soft tissue injuries are part and
parcel of the joy of running. Musculoskeletal injuries comprise a large
percentage of Race Day medical complications and can range from mild to
severe, including muscle cramps and strains, to tendon and ligament
injuries - especially in the knee, ankle and foot. In the latest OMTOM
Medical Newsflash, our medical team explore these injuries and how you
can prevent them, and why it is extremely dangerous to take painkillers
or anti-inflammatories during a race. If you want to see how you can
stay injury free in the coming weeks, click here for more info.
check out the omtom route videos Is this your first year running the OMTOM Ultra or Half Marathon? Then visit our YouTube Channel for
informative videos on the routes and how to make the most of your
race. While you're at it, check out our other videos too - from
inspriring stories and race information, to advice on how to choose the
perfect running shoe and everything in between. We also upload the
videos to our Facebook page, so you don't have to miss a thing!
APPLY TO BE AN OMTOM VOLUNTEER
The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon's volunteers are important members
of the extended OMTOM family. Whether at the Expo or on Race Day, this
is your chance to pay it forward and be an integral part of the world's
most beautiful marathon.
Volunteer applications will close on
18 March 2016. Please click the link below to apply. Our team will
contact you after reviewing your application. We look forward to
hearing from you!
PRE-ORDER YOUR MEDAL ENGRAVING
There's no sweeter moment than receiving your well-earned medal after
finishing a race. Now you have the opportunity to turn your OMTOM
Ultra, Half or Trail medal into a personalised momento by having it
engraved with your provisional race time.
Simply click below
to pre-order by 23 March 2016, and have your medal engraved on the
finish field on Race Day. Numbers are limited and pre-ordered on a
are you following our bloggers?
Over the past few months we have shared the most incredible stories
from the OMTOM community. Some runners had to overcome severe
odds and illness on their journey to the start line, while others are
in the midst of pursuing a running dream that will become a reality on
Thank you for submitting your stories. We can't wait to hear your Race Day stories. Meanwhile, have a look at our website if you need a dose of runspiration.