Things are certainly hotting up in the race office as we countdown to race day! Thanks to all the runners, we have a record field this year and everyone on our team is working flat out to bring you a race to remember. Close to 21 000 runners will descend on UCT on Saturday 3 April so we are appealing to all of you to plan to get up much earlier and get to the start a lot earlier than you have in the past. Try to give friends a lift through to cut down on the number of cars.
Good luck with the last few weeks of training and remember to listen to your body now – if you feel tired, rather rest…it’s time to taper.
The auction of race entries was a great success and we’d like to thank all the runners who took part for their generous contributions. We managed to raise close to R40 000 for NOAH. Bidding is still open on Usain Bolt’s autographed PUMA spikes, exact replicas of the shoes that took him to victory in last year’s World Championships. You can also bid for the weekend getaway for two at the exclusive Mantis Collection Jock Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park, valued at over R15 000. The auctions run through to Monday 5 April and the winners will be announced on Friday 9 April. All funds raised will go towards helping the event’s official charity NOAH (Nurturing Orphans of AIDS for Humanity).
Have you got your tickets for the Old Mutual Comedy Encounters yet? It runs at the Baxter Theatre from 25 March through to 1 April and showcases some of the best South African stand up talent available. Fronted by local funny man John Vlismas, the line up includes Zinzi Mangweni, Brendon Murray, Trevor Noah, Men in Coats, Eugene Xhosa and Brent Palmer. Tickets are available at Computicket. Visit www.oldmutual.co.za for more information.
Kirstenbosch provides the perfect picnic setting for the final two Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts on 27 March and 4 April. Top SA band Watershed will be entertaining audiences on Sunday 27 March. There are still a few tickets available so book today. The series ends on 4 April with an Old Mutual Encounters Concerts, which will see a collaboration between Gang of Instrumentals, Tidal Waves and Tumi. Purchase your tickets online at www.webtickets.co.za and visit www.oldmutual.co.za/music. for more info.
Also making its debut at the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon is the Bolt Arms, PUMA’s custom-designed fan accessory that mimics the athlete’s famous “Lightning Bolt” victory pose from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In true Bolt spirit, PUMA & Urban Ninja bring you the Bolt Bus for the Half Marathon. Do you love Bolt’s fresh attitude and the way he is able to bring a fun element to world-class racing? Then you need to be a part of the Bolt Bus. The idea is not based on time, it’s not based on performance, it’s based on having a good time. 20 people stand the chance to wear the infamous Bolt Arms, run with music, cameras and a vibe that can only be described as Bolt. Applications for runners are currently being taken on www.urban-ninja.co.za/index/contact-me/ but hurry as spots are going fast. Prove to the Urban Ninja that you are worthy of running in the Bolt Bus and stand in line to cruise across the line a touch over 2 hours on the day, posing at hot spots and making a spectacle of yourselves.
Don’t forget you need to register and pick up your race goodie bag at the Expo at the Good Hope Centre. This is the largest running-related expo in the Western Cape and takes place from Wednesday 31 March to Friday 2 April 2010. Over the years, 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 is 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
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.
Old Mutual’s website offers an innovative race calculator and interactive route map that will give you an idea of what time you will finish the ultra or half marathon in, based on other distances and times you have run. Visit www.oldmutual.co.za/twooceansmarathon. and click on the race calculator link.
You’ve still got time to book your four ball for the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Golf Day in Durban. All proceeds go to help NOAH (Nurturing Orphans of AIDS for Humanity) so come out and show your support for this worthy cause. To book please contact 082-494 2702 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Beachwood Country Club, Durban
Date: Thursday 25 March
Tee-off: from 11h00
Cost: R1 400 per 4-ball (R350 per person)
Includes: Halfway house and prize-giving dinner
Cavendish shopping centre in Claremont is the perfect place to enjoy a meal whether you’re a runner or supporter. Their restaurants have put on some fantastic offers for you to enjoy before the big day. For more information 021-657 5620, email email@example.com or visit www.cavendish.co.za.
Col’Cacchio pizzeria offers over 20 pastas and sauces plus 50 different pizzas to choose from – the perfect carbo-loading meal leading up to race day. Click here www.cavendish.co.za/competition.htm. to stand a chance to win a family dinner worth R500, with their compliments.
Mugg & Bean - remember to carbo-load with their delicious lasagne, meat or vegetarian option available, and receive a complimentary cappuccino with every lasagne ordered. Please bring this newsletter as your voucher. Offer valid at Mugg & Bean Cavendish only.
Doppio Zero offers a free pizza with the purchase of any pizza. Offer valid only if you wear green, white or red – the Italian national colours!
All the best with your training and we look forward to seeing you on 3 April 2010!