Race day is almost here and we look forward to welcoming you to Cape Town and the world’s most beautiful marathon. We have put together some useful information that will help make your race experience more enjoyable:
International participants are invited to be a part of this year’s International Friendship Run on Friday 2 April. Family and friends as well as all African entrants are also welcome and can purchase an entry for R50 at the Good Hope Centre during Wednesday and Thursday’s Expo times.
The event takes you on a scenic 5km route through the city centre past historical landmarks and key points of interest, starting from the Good Hope Centre and finishing at the Waterfront. Participants are encouraged to run with their country’s flag or to wear their national colours. After the run, you will be treated to a breakfast bag. If you need water on the run, please bring your own, as there will be no water on route, only at the finish, sponsored by Coke.
We invite you to spend some time at the Waterfront after your run socialising, exchanging race T‑shirts and past marathon experiences with other international runners. Transport will be supplied from the finish (V&A Waterfront) back to the Good Hope Centre from 10H15 onwards.
Entry process: All international runners who are participating in either of the main races automatically qualify for a free entry into the International Friendship Run. All runners from Africa (outside South Africa) can enter the Friendship Run for R50. The runners are also welcome to enter their family and friends, local or international, for a fee of R50 per person. All participants, whether free or paying, must register at the Expo at the Good Hope Centre to get their race number. Entries are limited to 800 participants and all entrants will receive a unique commemorative PUMA T‑shirt.
Registration for the International Friendship Run takes place at the International Registration Area at the Good Hope Centre on Wednesday 31 March and Thursday 1 April. Late entries will NOT be taken outside the Good Hope Centre on Friday morning.
Cape Town Tourism welcomes you to one of the most beautiful cities in the world! Walking the streets of Cape Town and meeting her people, you will encounter and fall in love with a city of hope, creative freedom and incredible spirit. You will discover a city like no other.
Offering a range of attractions, spectacular sights and endless activities, it is a year-round destination with friendly people, a mild climate and rich cultural heritage. Why don’t you extend your stay after the race? Whether you are in search of nature reserves and scenic drives, the adrenalin rush of cage diving with Great White Sharks or a pampering spa treatment on a white sandy beach, Cape Town has something for you to enjoy.
To arrange activities, restaurant bookings, accommodation and tours – or simply to get a sense of the spirit of Cape Town please visit www.capetown.travel for more information, call 021-487 6800 or pop into one of the 18 Visitor Information Centres where their friendly staff will gladly assist you with recommendations and bookings.
You have travelled to our beautiful city of Cape Town to participate in the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon. Action Photo will be there to photograph you, your family and friends in the International Friendship Run, the trail run, the ultra and the half marathon, as well as the fun runs. To view and order your images, please go to www.actionphoto.net and you will receive a 10% discount. A collage capturing the picturesque vistas of Cape Town with your chosen image in it will also be available for purchase on their website. Action Photo wishes all the best – have fun and enjoy the day!
Don’t forget you need to register and pick up your race number and goodie bag at the Expo at the Good Hope Centre. We have set up a special registration point just for the international runners so please come and join us for a snack and drink when you register.
The Expo is the largest running-related expo in the Western Cape and takes place from Wednesday 31 March to Friday 2 April 2010. It has become much more than just a running expo, and now includes top sporting brands, apparel, supplements, outdoor adventure sports and sporting tours, to name just a few. It as an opportunity for all sport enthusiasts to experience the latest trends in the running and sporting arena and be part of the exciting atmosphere leading up to the ‘world’s most beautiful marathon’. It also hosts the PUMA Store where visitors will find the latest PUMA products and special commemorative event gear.
Wednesday: 31 March 10h00 – 19h00
Thursday: 1 April 10h00 – 19h00
Friday: 2 April 09h00 – 17h00 (registration up until 19h00)
Also on offer is a new and improved food court that will feature Trattoria Luigi, offering some of the best authentic Italian pasta, perfect for carbo-loading before your big race. Bring a printed copy of this newsletter and get 15% off your bill. Urban Salads and Smoothies will be providing healthy, nutritious meals to keep you going while you mingle with your friends and browse through all the stands.
To ensure you have a trouble-free registration; here are a few things you will need to remember:
· Race acknowledgement: Please bring this with you to the Expo. If you have not yet received one, please visit www.twooceansmarathon and click on “Entered" and enter your name, click on summary and print this out. This can be used as your proof of entry.
· Passport/ID document/drivers licence: This is extremely important! If you do not have some form of identification, then you will not be able to collect your race number and goodie bag for the event.
· ChampionChip: If you already own one, bring it along so that you can confirm your details. If you have purchased one for the event, you will receive it when you collect your race number and pack.
In your goodie bag you will find TWO invites to the International Hospitality tent at the finish at UCT. Please ensure that you bring these with you to the tent on race day, as you will not be allowed entry without an invite.
The Vineyard Hotel and Spa is offering all international participants a 10% discount off dinner in “the square” restaurant. The offer is valid for two people and beverages are excluded. Quote “Two Oceans Special” when making your booking. Email them on email@example.com or call them on 021-657 4500.
All that remains is for us to wish you all the best with the last few training runs and travel safely.