The continued easing of restrictions in the South African sports and tourism sector is positive news and has been well-received by the running community.
While the TOM NPC continues to plan for the eventual opening of international sport, to the extent that we will be able to host another world-class and safe running experience soon, we are unable to provide an update on the qualifying criteria for any potential TOM 2021 events until we have met with all the relevant authorities and stakeholders.
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 km||sub 5:00|
|50 km||sub 6:30|
|56 km||sub 7:00|
|90 km||sub 12:00|
|100+ km||sub 13:30|