the 3rd year year in succession, Old Mutual is making the world’s most
beautiful marathon also Africa’s best rewarded ultra marathon. adding R1 million
to the prize-money awarded to each of the winning male and female runner who
breaks the record for the 56km ultra marathon in 2016.
The men’s record of 3:03:44 was set in 1988 by road running legend Thompson Magawana, while Frith van der Merwe set the women’s record a year later in 1989 when she ran 3:30:36.
The closest any runner has come since then is Zimbabwean Marko Mambo, who ran 3:05:39 in 2005, and who has won the race three times. Russian Olesya Nurgalieva ran the second fastest women’s time in 2008 when she crossed the finish line in 3:34:53.
According to Ralph Mupita, CEO for Old Mutual Emerging Markets, “We want to encourage top runners from around South Africa and the rest of Africa to come and compete in the biggest road running event on the African continent.”
This is Old Mutual's 17th year as title sponsor.