Participating in the Two Oceans Marathon (TOM) event is on the bucket list of many runners – and many return year after year because of the amazing experience and the personal achievement of putting their hearts and ‘soles’ on the line. This experience is not simply participating in a great running event, since at the heart of the Two Oceans Marathon is the goal of contributing to a positive change in South Africa, through the activities of the Two Oceans Marathon Initiative (TOMI).
It is through the generosity of thousands of runners participating in Two Oceans Marathon, and their monetary contributions, that much-needed support to many social impact programmes across South Africa has been provided.
Each year the Two Oceans Marathon NPC invites registered charitable organisations to apply to become an official race charity.
Following a review of applications against the TOMI criteria, the charities selected are able to purchase Two Oceans Marathon entries for the Half or Ultra Marathon, which they can then resell to runners. The opportunity to offer these entries at a higher price in order to drive fundraising and marketing initiatives, are some of the benefits for charities who will successfully apply to be an official TTOM charity partner.
We encourage all charities also to register on GivenGain or BackaBuddy to drive extra website and social media publicity, and potentially fast-track the pace at which entries sell.
We are thrilled that charity entries have become one of the most coveted means of entering TTOM, thanks to the tangible sense of purpose and fulfilment it brings to runners.