Qualifying Criteria

Qualifying Criteria

Ultra Marathon qualifying races

You can qualify from 1 July 2019 onward for TOM 2020. As an entrant, you must have run a qualifying marathon or a longer distance in the specified times. In other words, you must run a qualifier.

Qualifying Criteria for 56km (the Ultra Marathon)

What Counts As A Qualifying Race?

All standard IAAF (ASA in South Africa) affiliated marathons, and/or races longer than 42.2 km count as qualifying races, provided that:

  • the race course is officially measured, and
  • the race is officially timed.

You can qualify after entering TOM 2019 –  you do not need to wait until entries for TOM 2020 have opened; start qualifying now! The cut-off date for qualifications will be advised.

Qualifying Period and Cut-off Date

All runners (including International and Africa entrants, as well as Blue Number holders) are required to run a qualifying marathon (or longer distance) within the specified minimum time, as stated in the table below. The qualifier period starts 1 July 2019.

Once entries for TOM 2020 have opened, your qualifying results must be added to your TOM profile. These qualifying results cannot be added to your TOM profile prior to entries opening.

The final cut-off date for all qualifier updates is 9 March 2020.

42.2 kmsub 5:00
50 kmsub 6:30
56 kmsub 7:00
90 kmsub 12:00
100+ kmsub 13:30



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