The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon (OMTOM) events are classified as the Trail Runs, Fun Runs, the International Friendship Run, the Half Marathon and the Ultra Marathon that take place over the Easter weekend.
Entrants, also referred to as athletes in these rules, undertake to abide by the following rules and agree to the following conditions:
Rules for entries for all events
- The Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon and the Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon are held under the auspices, rules and regulations of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU), Athletics South Africa (ASA) and Western Province Athletics (WPA).
- The athlete agrees to participate at their own risk and by their entry and participation fully indemnifies the organisers of the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon events, the Two Oceans Marathon NPC, Athletics South Africa, Western Province Athletics, City of Cape Town, SANParks, all official sponsors and partners, volunteer groups, medical suppliers, and any and all local authorities, from any direct or indirect loss or damage, however caused, arising from their participation in the event or related to the event, including pre-race and post-race activities.
- The race organisers reserve the right to accept or reject any entry. It is the responsibility of each athlete to ensure that they are medically fit and healthy to participate in the event. The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon has the right to reject an entry on the advice of the race medical team. IAAF Rule 144.1 b states that the Medical Practitioner has the highest authority at the race. EMS also have the authority to take an athlete off the road (ASA Rule 5.6 and IAAF 144.1.b), even if the athlete refuses (as OMTOM is responsible for their well-being).
- Medical flagging: Athletes who entered the OMTOM Ultra Marathon, Half Marathon or Trail Runs, and who are flagged and required to upload medical documents to the OMTOM online entry system, must do so by the Profile Update deadline. Athletes who fail to meet this deadline will forfeit their entry.
- The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon reserves the right, in their sole discretion, to remove any participant or entrant from the event or event route should (i) their conduct or attire in any way endanger or cause a hazard to other participants, spectators and / or attendees of the event; (ii) their conduct or attire poses a medical risk to themselves. No banners or flags carried with poles are allowed. Only official pace setters will be permitted to run with poles, which will adhere to strict safety guidelines.
- All entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable under all circumstances, including, but not limited to, cancellation of the event or of the athlete’s participation, or change in the date, nature, or format of the event. The event may be cancelled or changed due to severe weather or any other factors that may be deemed to threaten the safety of athletes, staff, or volunteers.
- All athletes wishing to participate in the events are required to create a profile on the OMTOM website. The athlete is required to complete all compulsory fields and undertakes to do so honestly. It is the responsibility of the athlete to ensure this profile is updated with any relevant changes within the Profile Update period.
Note a: The OMTOM office will create online profiles for those individuals who enter the Fun Run via a paper entry form, using the information provided. It is therefore important that all information on these forms is correct.
Note b: Athletes participating in the International Friendship Run as additional guests of the main entrant do not require an online profile. However, these guests will be required to register on the main entrant’s profile and accept the event T&Cs.
- The Profile Update period and Profile Update deadline date will be specified annually in the OMTOM website. An entry is only confirmed once payment has been successfully processed. Payment deadline dates will differ depending on the event. Entry limits in each of the events are predetermined.
- Once a completed entry has been received and accepted, there will be no refunds if the athlete cannot participate. The entry may not be sold to anyone else (except via the valid substitution process), and may not be transferred to future races. See Entry Changes / Substitutions for rules in this regard.
- Age Limits (ASA Chapter 2, Rule 20/ IAAF Rule 141)
– The Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon is open to all eligible athletes who are 20 years and older on the day of the event.
– The Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon is open to all eligible athletes who are 16 years and older on the day of the event.
– The Old Mutual Two Oceans Short Trail Run is open to all athletes who are 18 years and older on the day of the event.
– The Old Mutual Two Oceans Long Trail Run is open to all athletes who are 18 years and older on the day of the event.
– The Old Mutual Two Oceans 5.6km (from 9 years) and 2.1km Fun Runs (from 7 years) are open to all athletes. The 250m Toddlers’ Trot is for kids between ages 4 to 6 years on the day of the event. The 56m Nappy Dash is for kids between ages 1 to 3 years and must be able to walk.
– Should an athlete who is below the minimum age, in some way still enter an event, in breach of the age rules, they would not be entitled to claim any prize money. The athlete will be disqualified.
- Foreign athletes must comply with IAAF rule 4.2 and should be able to produce a letter from their federation permitting their participation.
- For seeding updates for the Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathons, Half, and Trail Runs, the athlete is required to log into their Profile on the online system and update their seeding details with the name, date and distance of the race and the time they ran. Athletes must be able to produce proof of result(s) upon request from the organisers. These changes must be implemented within the Profile Update period. Failure to do so will result in the athlete’s update being declined. The seeding updates are free of charge. For seeding updates for the Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathons, Half, and Trail Runs, the athlete is required to log into their Profile on the online system and update their seeding details with the name, date and distance of the race and the time they ran. Athletes must be able to produce proof of result(s) upon request from the organisers. These changes must be implemented within the Profile Update period. Failure to do so will result in the athlete’s update being declined. The seeding updates are free of charge
- Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon entrants who do not update their profiles within the Profile Update period with the required qualification race results (run between 1 July the previous year and the Profile Update deadline date), medical information and current year’s licence and club details, will forfeit their entry.
- All entrants residing in South Africa and entering the Ultra Marathon must be in possession of a valid Athletics South Africa (ASA) running licence. In order to obtain a valid current year’s licence, entrants must be registered with an athletics club affiliated to Athletics South Africa (ASA). Prospective Ultra Marathon participants may first enter and then obtain their running licence which needs to be captured on their profile before the deadline date (ASA: Chapter 3 Rule 21.3 / IAAF: Rule 142).
- Ultra Marathon entrants must submit the licence number provided to them. Running clubs will verify all Club memberships and related licence numbers after the Profile Update deadline, and entrants found submitting an incorrect number or not being a member of the stipulated Running Club, will forfeit their entry.
- SA entrants for the Half Marathon must possess a valid Athletics South Africa (ASA) licence to enter
and run the race. This is obtained as an annual licence through an athletics club affiliated with ASA. Alternatively, athletes who do not belong to an athletics club will be required to purchase a temporary licence when entering the race, or by the Profile Update deadline date. No temporary licences will be sold at the Expo, and entrants who fail to purchase a temporary licence by the profile update deadline will forfeit their entry. This temporary licence is valid on the day of the race only. (ASA: Chapter 3 Rule 21.3 / IAAF: Rule 142)
- Athletes who apply to the Half Marathon Club Ballot must be current and paid-up members of their Running Club. Running Clubs will verify all membership details after the entries closing deadline, and applicants found to not be Club members will be rejected by the entry system as an invalid entry.
- It is the responsibility of the athlete to ensure that any Therapeutic Use Exemption form has been properly lodged with the authorities before the race.
- Entry into the Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon, Half Marathon and Trail Runs will be online only, and no manual entry forms will be accepted.
- The annual profile update period is stipulated on the website. Athletes are able to make changes to their personal, emergency and medical details in this time.
- The Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon has an entry limit of 13 000.
- The Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon has an entry limit of 16 000.
- All (local and international) entrants into the Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon must run a qualifying race between 1 July of the previous year, and the Profile Update deadline date as stipulated on the OMTOM website.
– Runners must complete an official race (held under the auspices of IAAF) of 42,2km or longer in the times specified below. Official Gun to Mat (gross) or Mat to Mat (net) time – as officially measured by the qualifying race – will be permitted. Qualifying times may be adjusted for events run on trail or for different distances. Please contact the race office with any specific requests or enquiries.
– Blue Number Club athletes will be required to enter within the allotted entry period and meet the qualifying standards. Blue Number Club athletes with 25 or more Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon finishes, will have their entry fee waived.
- Foreign nationals residing permanently in South Africa, and if licensed to a South African club, may enter as a local athlete.
- South African athletes residing abroad may enter as an African or international athlete; alternatively, as an SA entrant if they have a permanent local address and if licensed to a South African club.
- Any athlete found to be falsifying information to gain a competitive advantage (for example lying about age or seeding time) will be disqualified and banned from future participation.
- When Adaptive Athletes make use of a guide, pilot or pusher (duo-wheelchairs), both the adaptive athlete and assisting athlete will be treated as individuals for purposes of qualifying for the Two Oceans Marathon.
Entry changes / substitutions / upgrades – applicable to all events
- All substitutions are to be done at face value only and through the Two Oceans Marathon Race Entry System. The process needs to be followed from a medical safety point so as not to invalidate captured data, used by Disaster Management Services on race day.
- Substitutions, Upgrades and Entry changes must be done within the Profile Update period. No late Substitutions, Upgrades or Entry changes will be entertained whatsoever.
- Substitutions will be permitted in the Ultra Marathon, Half Marathon and Trail Runs. Substitutions will only be allowed if all entries in the desired race are sold out.
- An administration fee applies to all substitutions, upgrades and event changes. As well as any additional purchases by the new entrants, e.g. temporary licence fee for the Half Marathon, or any necessary related costs.
- With regards to new purchases and the transferring of merchandise from the withdrawing entrant to the new entrant:
– An Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon T-shirt will accompany the entry during the substitution process. The new entrant will be able to change his / her T-shirt size, provided that there is still stock available in that size.
– An Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon T-shirt purchased by the original entrant remains their property when the entry is substituted. The athletes may make arrangements to pass on the T-shirt on their own terms, provided that the withdrawing athlete does not charge more than the original fee.
– T-shirt size changes are not possible if T-shirts in the required size have sold out.
– Additional purchases such as medal engraving and parking tickets go with the new entry. No refunds will be entertained.
– Purchase of memorabilia will remain with the original entrant.
- If an athlete wishes to withdraw and offer their entry for substitution, it is the athlete’s responsibility
to find a suitable substitute within the same race, and the athlete must follow the official substitution process.
- Swapping entries from Ultra to Half and Half to Ultra will not be entertained whatsoever. An athlete wishing to change distances has two options:
– Forfeit the original entry and fees incurred and withdraw from that race, then enter the other distance through the official substitution process.
– Substitute their original entry to another runner before entering the other distance through the substitution process.
- Athletes who have entered the Half Marathon can upgrade to the Ultra Marathon if they have qualified and belong to an athletics club, and as long as there are Ultra Marathon entries available. The cost will be the difference between the Half Marathon and Ultra Marathon entry fee and can be done by logging into the online system and following the instructions. An additional admin fee as detailed on the website will apply. No Upgrades will be accommodated when the Ultra Marathon entries are sold out. No Downgrades from the Ultra to the Half Marathon will be entertained whatsoever. No Downgrades from the Long Trail to the Short Trail will be entertained whatsoever.
- Should an athlete not abide by the official substitution process and / or should an athlete sell their entry for more than face value, the buyer / replacement will be disqualified, and both the new athlete and original entrant will face a race ban, affecting future entries, as determined
- Athletes that have substituted out of a race cannot re-enter that specific event in the same year.
- All rules, terms and conditions that apply for the original race entry also apply for athletes that substitute.
- An athlete that has entered a race via a substitution cannot substitute that entry further.
Collection of athlete’s race pack: applicable to all events
- All athletes will be sent confirmation of their race number electronically, via SMS and email, to the contact details on the athlete’s entry. It is the athlete’s responsibility to ensure that their contact details (mobile and email) are updated on their Two Oceans Marathon profile in order to receive Two Oceans Marathon correspondence and race information.
- The athlete is required to bring proof of identification together with their confirmation email / SMS (print out or on mobile telephone), in order to collect their race pack at the Expo.
- Athletes are encouraged to collect their own race number and ordered merchandise from the registration desk at the Expo on the Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.
- Trail Run registration takes place on the Wednesday and Thursday.
- Fun Run registration takes place on the Wednesday and Thursday at the main Expo venue and at UCT (the finish venue) on event day, from 9am until 30 minutes before the event starts.
- In order to pick up another athlete’s race number, the assigned individual must present the athlete’s entry confirmation email / SMS, as well as proof of ID of both the assigned individual and the athlete in question.
- The Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon entrants will receive an official t-shirt as part of their entry. Sizes will be allocated on availability upon entry. The onus is on the entrant to ensure that the size selected is a size that will fit. A size chart is provided within the entry system in this regard.
- Exchanging of T-shirts will only be facilitated in the event of available sizes.
- No collection of race packs (race number and goodie bag) will be allowed after the Expo closes on Friday.
- Half Marathon athletes who entered the event and paid for a Half Marathon T-shirt, but cannot participate, may collect their official T-shirt(s) from the Race Office within 3 months after Race Day.
T-shirts that are not collected within 3 months from Race Day will be forfeited.
- Athletes are required to check all information on their race pack before leaving the registration desk at the Expo, and report and correct any errors to the Race Admin team.
- If and when instructed by the Disaster Management team, the organisers reserve the right to adjust the seeding of an athlete, regardless of their qualifying / seeding times submitted. Athletes shall be notified of any such change. Please note that the TOM tries wherever possible not to downgrade an entrant’s seeding that may have originally been given. However, should there be reasonable reasons for adjusting an entrant’s seeding, this shall be entirely at TOM’s discretion.
Rules for the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Road Runs
- The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon events are run and organised in terms of the rules of IAAF, IAU, ASA and WPA.
- The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon events use gun to mat timing in accordance with IAAF rule 165.24 for determining prizes and mat to mat for mass participation.
- The official start times are as follows:
Seeding Pens: Half Marathon
A – C: 05h50
Seeded Mass Start: Ultra Marathon
The official start times may be modified by the race organisers if required. These changes will be published on the website and communicated to participants
- Ultra Marathon athletes will be seeded (that is, assigned to starting batches based on their qualifying times submitted):
– Gun to Mat (gross), or Mat to Mat (net) qualifying times may be submitted, provided such times are included in the official results for the qualifying event.
– Athletes with a Blue or Yellow number will be seeded according to their seeding times.
- Half Marathon athletes will be assigned to starting batches based on their seeding times submitted:
– Gun to Mat (gross), or Mat to Mat (net) qualifying times may be submitted, provided such times are included in the official results for the qualifying event.
– Athletes with a Blue or Yellow number will be seeded according to their seeding times.
– Juniors and athletes 60 years and older will be seeded in batch “C” if they do not qualify for a faster batch
– Athletes without seeding times will be assigned to the last starting batch.
– Based on the sizes of the default batches, the Race Organisers reserve the right to modify the seeing allocated to an athlete in order to balance the batches.
- Athletes are to start in their allocated seeding pen. Any athlete found to have started in a faster seeding pen could be disqualified and could be banned from entering the race for the following year. Athletes may start in a slower seeding batch and their start time will be adjusted accordingly.
- All athletes are required to complete the medical information on the back of their race number.
- All athletes are required to wear their timing chip, correctly, as displayed on the race envelope and on the website.
- Marshals, traffic and any police officials must be obeyed at all times. If athletes are instructed by any race, medical, traffic or police official to stop, they shall do so immediately.
- Athletes who fail to obey instructions from the race officials as noted in rule #60 will be subject to disciplinary action which can include disqualification and they may be banned from participation in the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon in future.
- No animals are allowed to accompany an athlete during any event.
- In accordance with ASA rules 22.6 and 22.7 no banners or flags carried with poles are allowed. Only official pace setters are allowed to carry poles; these poles meet strict safety guidelines. Items could cause injury, e.g. sticks, poles, weapons, banners, boards are prohibited from the OMTOM.
– Start: These items will not be allowed into the start pen and will be removed from the athlete.
– Route: The athlete will be stopped by a race official and instructed to remove items prohibited. If the athlete refuses to remove such items, a yellow card will be issued. On subsequent infringements or obstructive behaviour by the athlete, a red card can be issued by a referee and the athlete will be disqualified.
– Finish: These items are not allowed in the finish straight and the athlete will be stopped at the entrance gate until the item is discarded. Runners may not receive these items when approaching the finish line.
– Small flags attached to headwear/caps are acceptable provided they do not cause an injury risk such as protruding sideways.
- Adaptive athletes (athletes with disabilities that need assistance to participate, e.g. a blind athlete running with a pilot, or a wheelchair athlete with an accompanying wheelchair pusher) are required to select the appropriate classification during the online entry process. Wheelchairs will be accommodated in accordance with the ASA rules. The special need/disability must also be indicated within the athlete’s online profile.
- No prams, strollers, roller blades or similar devices will be permitted on either distance.
- The NO MOBILE SECONDING rule will be strictly enforced. No seconds may drive, cycle or run alongside any athlete on the route. The STAND AND HAND rule, whereby an athlete’s seconds may stand at any refreshment station on the route and hand refreshments to their athlete while they remain stationary, will apply. No seconds may travel on the race route. Seconding may not be conducted directly from a vehicle – whether moving or stationary.
- Athletes are obliged to stop if instructed to do so by an official medical representative on the route.
- Official medical points are listed on the website. Access to the Medical Tent at the finish will be monitored by appointed doctors and nurses.
- Any athlete who declines to comply with medical advice from an appointed medical doctor must sign a waiver. An athlete that refuses to sign such waiver will not be allowed to continue in the race. Should the athlete do so, they will be disqualified. The waiver form can be collected at the race number collection counter, and handed over to the race doctor at the Expo.
- Athletes will be charged according to the government hospital tariff rate or their medical aid rate, should they be admitted to hospital and be liable to cover the ambulance transfer and heli vac airlifting in emergency situations.
- The cut-off time for the 56km Ultra Marathon is at 13h30 (7 hours). Athletes who have not reached the following marks in the times specified will not be allowed to continue:
– 28km at 10h00 – Halfway, Noordhoek Main Road
– 42,2km at 11h50 – Outside Four Season’s Guest farm, Hout Bay Main Road
- The Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon’s official cut-off time at the finish line is 09h20. Athletes who have not reached the intersection of Rhodes Drive and Almond Avenue (18.0km) by 09h00 will not be allowed to continue. If an athlete does not reach the cut-off point within the required time, they will be asked to retire from the race and leave the road. The athlete may not continue running.
- If the usual route or start times have to be changed, alternative cut-off times will be announced according to the route being run or the changed start times.
- If the athlete does not reach the cut-off points within the required time, they will be required to retire from the race. Transport will be provided from the cut-off points to the finish.
- Athletes must cross the timing mat on the finish line to officially finish the race.
- Official event race numbers are to be worn on the front and the back of the athlete’s upper garment. The race numbers must be worn as issued and may not be cut, folded or worn in any way to obscure the lettering. (ASA Rule 24 (Chapter 3)
- All South Africans should wear the official clothing of their athletics club; as indicated on their entry profile. Full club colours must be worn to be considered for team prizes. (ASA Rule 21 IAAF Rule 142). Team prizes will be calculated according to the club and Province indicated on the entry system. In addition, if an athlete’s club colours do not match their club on the entry system, they will not be eligible to claim team prize money.
- International athletes competing in local competitions must participate in the colours of their country, or club they belong to in their domicile country. Alternatively, international athletes may participate in neutral colours. Any form of branding on such clothing must adhere to IAAF Rules.
- Age category indication will be included on the printed race numbers which must be clearly visible on the front and back of the running vest, if competitors are to be eligible for any age category prize apart from the open category. Additional (separate) age category tags may be worn but are not required, and the age indication on the race number takes precedence. (ASA CHAPTER 2, Rule 5 / IAAF Rules 20 and 21).
- No athlete may run for a club other than a registered club in the Province in which they are domiciled unless they have been declared a National athlete by ASA. This Domicilium Rule will be strictly enforced. International (Foreign registered) athletes may not form part of a local club team.
- An athlete must have a valid Western Province Club licence in order to qualify for the Western Province Club prize categories. (ASA Rule 126.96.36.199)
- In addition to the OPEN prizes an athlete is not eligible for a prize in more than one age group category i.e. an athlete is only eligible for a prize in the age category applicable to him/her or the younger category chosen by him/her. An athlete, male or female, who finishes the race in first to tenth position, may however, win his/her open position prize as well as any applicable age group category prize. Unless the athlete specifically requests in writing to the Two Oceans Marathon organisers to change their age category to a lower age group category prior to closing date, the athlete will be entered in the age group category of their chronological age both for individual and any team competition (ASA rule 20). Proof of age may be required before awarding any category prizes.
- Half Marathon Prize Winners may only come from the first start gun batch (i.e. seeded A, B or C), and not from the other two start batches.
- Protests concerning the status of an athlete to participate in a competition must be made, prior to the commencement of such competition, to the Technical Delegate(s). Once the Technical Delegate(s) makes a decision, there shall be a right of appeal to the Jury of Appeal (time frame according to IAAF rules). If the matter cannot be settled satisfactorily prior to the competition, the athlete shall be allowed to compete “under protest” and the matter shall be referred to Athletics South Africa. (IAAF rule 60.2d and ASA rule 5)
- All appeals must be lodged with the Two Oceans Marathon Information Centre who will then take it to the Jury of Appeal. Any Appeal must be done in writing as soon as possible but not later than 30 minutes after the announcement of the decision or results by the Chief Referee, or at prize-giving, and must be accompanied by a payment of the prescribed fee in accordance to the IAAF Rule 146.7 and ASA Rule 15.
- This fee will be refunded if the objection is upheld. Procedural details for lodging an appeal can be obtained from the Chief Referee who can be contacted via the Two Oceans Marathon Information Centre next to the finish line.
- Random drug testing, under the auspices of the Institute for Drug Free Sport and Athletics South Africa will be conducted. Competitors will be informed after they cross the finish line if they have been selected and will be required to acknowledge this by signing the relevant form. Officials will be on hand to escort them to the Drug Testing Control Centre.
- A prize of R1 000 000 cash will be awarded by the race sponsor to the first athlete (or to the official
race winner i.e. after drug testing) – male and/or female – who breaks the current record of the Ultra Marathon. This is subject to Terms and Conditions.
- It is a violation of the doping rule for an athlete to fail to, or refuse to, submit to doping control after having been requested to do so by the responsible official. The athlete will be subject to sanctions in accordance with IAAF Rules 32 & 40.
- Prize money will be paid into the recipient’s bank account and will only be transferred once full doping results are received by the Two Oceans Marathon NPC. (Proof of South African Identity is required for South African and provincial prizes.) Prize money won by international athletes is subject to statutory taxes.
- In all events athletes must wear clothing which is clean and designed and worn so as not to be objectionable. The torso must always be covered.
- In the event that any prize category results are not announced or made available at the official prize-giving, such results will be posted on the event website. In keeping with ASA rule 15 (IAAF rule 146) individuals and clubs shall be given 7 days to raise any appeal in writing to the organisers, whereafter the published results shall be deemed final, notwithstanding any inaccuracies that may be identified at a later date.
- Any athlete accused of intentionally littering shall be subject to disciplinary action, which includes a warning, issuing of a fine, disqualification or banning from future events. (ASA rule 11.5)
- Littering is defined as the act of disposing of waste items anywhere except in a container provided for that purpose. In the context of the race waste items include amongst other things; plastic water sachets, paper cups, bottles, wrappers and containers whether supplied by the organisers or brought to the race by the participants. Littering shall be deemed to be intentional when there is no litter receptacle in the immediate vicinity of where such items are disposed of.
- Participants identified by race officials as littering will be warned by showing a Yellow Card. A second yellow card may result in a red card (disqualification) during or after the event. In addition, video cameras on the route will be reviewed both during and after the event for evidence of participants intentionally littering and referred to WPA for disciplinary steps. In terms of municipal bye-laws, spectators and supporters can also be charged with littering.
Advertising rules: Applicable to all events
- The athlete grants their permission, in terms of Section 51 of the Electronic Communications Transactions Act 25 of 2002, to use their name, race information and photographs, video tapes, broadcasts and telecasts in which they may appear free of charge.
- The athlete accepts that their personal information will remain confidential and hereby consent to same being shared with the parties involved in the organisation of the event for purposes of medical care and / or promotion of activities related to the event.
- No identification of sponsors of individual athletes may appear on advertising inside the competition area. Advertising tattoos or any advertising marks on any part of the body are not permitted.
- Personal sponsorship may appear on the front of the vest provided it does not exceed 40cm2 in size and is subject to the IAAF advertising regulations.
- No ambush marketing is allowed at any point whatsoever at the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon.
- The official branding guidelines, as set out by the Two Oceans Marathon office, must be strictly adhered to.
- The display of legitimate national flags during an event shall be permitted provided they do not present
a safety risk or interfere with any other athlete or the presentation of the event. (refer also Rule #4 & Misconduct Rule #109) Under no circumstances will any slogans, chants, banners, placards or such-like of a political, religious or offensive nature be tolerated. Participants who wear / carry such items at any point of the race will face disciplinary action.
Misconduct: Applicable to all events
- Athletes who participate in races they are not successfully registered for will be disqualified and may face a ban of up to two years.
- Reselling of entries above the original price (as part of the substitution process) is considered to be bad sportsmanship. Refer to Rule 25 for more information.
- Athletes who fail to obey the race officials will be subject to disciplinary action and may be banned from participation in the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon in future.
- In the event of a transgression of the rules, an athlete maybe warned of the transgression but such warning shall not be a prerequisite for any sanction or disqualification which may result.
- Any individual who allows another person to compete with their race number may be barred from participation in next year’s event.
- Any individual who competes with the race number of another person will be disqualified and may be barred from participation in the the next year’s event.
- For safety reasons the use of personal music players with earphones or headphones is not allowed. Any person using such device in contravention of IAAF rule 144.3b or ASA 30.10.6 shall not be eligible for individual or team prizes and may be disqualified.
- The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon events take place in environmentally sensitive areas. Athletes may not litter or damage the environment in which the events take place in any way. If convicted of littering the athlete can be fined and disqualified. An athlete who refuses to acknowledge a charge of littering and refuses to pay a fine imposed may be barred from participation in the event in the following year. For safety reasons no participant is permitted to run with a hazardous implement or weapon including flags and banners on poles. Refer to Rules for the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Road Runs, Rule 12.
- – Any entrant running with a pole will face disqualification and a ban from future the Two Oceans Marathon events.
– The official pace setters and GoGreen ambassadors have permission to use their standard flags.
- The Gazebo Sites are available for ASA Clubs and will be allocated based on the number of Ultra and Half entries per club. Only bookings that have been confirmed and fully paid for will be accepted.
- Due to strict rules laid down by Disaster Risk Management Services, only pre-booked sites will be available. No sites will be available for voluntary ad-hoc erection – i.e. no confirmed booking, no site.
- The Two Oceans Marathon NPC reserves the right to move club allocated sites and to change the planned layout to meet with requirements following SAPS and Disaster Risk Management inspections.
- Gazebos must be erected within the allocated and demarcated areas.
- No club vehicles will be allowed on the fields and club gazebos must be carried to the booked site.
- Access times for gazebo erection during Good Friday will be between 15h00. Note that the Trail and Fun Runs take place on Good Friday from 07h00 until 15h00 and field access will be restricted during this time.
- The Two Oceans Marathon NPC cannot be held responsible for the safety of club gazebos.
- Clubs are not permitted to dismantle gazebos of other clubs to get a better position.
- There must be no damage of any description on the UCT fields or UCT property.
- Open fires, gas braais, skottels and gas cylinders are not allowed due to fire and safety regulations.
- You may not camp on the UCT fields.
- You will not be permitted to bring your own alcohol onto the field as all the fields are licensed areas. Alcohol for consumption at your club gazebo may be pre-purchased via the Two Oceans Marathon NPC offices and collected at the Beer Garden. This rule will be strictly enforced by the South African Police Services and the field security team.
- Gazebo sites measure approximately 5m x 5m. Club gazebos must not exceed this size and must be free- standing. No anchor ropes are permitted to extend outside of the demarcated areas.
- No platforms, scaffolding or sponsor signage may be used at the club gazebo sites.
- Although security is provided at the finish, neither the Two Oceans Marathon NPC, its sponsors, nor UCT will take responsibility for any loss or damage to club property.
- All club gazebos must be removed by 16:00 on race day.
- 4 x sandbags will be provided per club gazebo site.
Rules for the Fun Runs
- All entrants must be in possession of a race number issued by the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon organisers, which must be worn on the front of their shirt.
- The 56m Nappy Dash is open to kids between the ages of 1 and 3 years. Nappy Dash participants must be able to walk.
- The Toddler’s Trot is open to kids between the ages of 4 and 6 years.
- The 2.1km race participants must be 7 years and older. Adults who accompany children must have a valid entry.
- In the 5.6km race, participants must be 9 years and older. Adults who accompany children must have a valid entry.
- Participants must keep to the designated route, as indicated on the day.
- Only ONE guardian may accompany a Nappy Dash or Toddlers Trot participant along the route. Other guardians and/or loved ones are required to wait in the general area.
- Marshals and traffic officials must be obeyed at all times. Failure to comply with the instructions may lead to immediate disqualification and participants may be requested to stop running.
- No seconding or vehicles shall be allowed on the route.
- Sufficient refreshment stations will be provided as per ASA rules.
- No cyclists or vehicles will be permitted to keep pace with athletes, or allowed on the route.
- It is the responsibility of each participant or guardian to ensure that he/she is medically fit and healthy to participate in the event.
- The Race Organisers reserve the right to accept or reject any entry.
- Prams, strollers and standard wheelchairs are permitted in the 2.1 km and 5.6 km races only, but participation is at their own risk. These participants must assemble at the rear of the field and give way to athletes at all times.
Rules for Trail Run entrants
- The Old Mutual Two Oceans Trail Runs take place according to the rules of IAAF and as described below.
- The Old Mutual Two Oceans Trail Runs take place on Good Friday.
- Registration is at the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Expo on Wednesday and Thursday.
- Entry into the 12km and 24km Trail Run includes an official trail run t-shirt from adidas.
- Athletes are not required to be a member of an athletics club to compete in the Old Mutual Two Oceans Runs.
- The long Trail is open to athletes aged 18 years and older.
- The short Trail is open to athletes aged 18 years and older.
- Entries to these Trails are limited. These limits are determined by SANParks.
- Only online entries are accepted, within the dates stipulated on the website. Entries close the moment the entry limits are reached.
- No on the day entries are available.
- Athletes running without entries are regarded as trespassing and action can be taken against them by OMTOM and/or SANParks.
- All athletes are required to wear their timing chip, correctly, as displayed on the race envelope and on the website.
- The issued race numbers must be visible at all times and worn on the front and back of the upper outer garment. ASA licences (permanent or temporary) do not need to be displayed.
- Age category tags will be included on the race number. No other age category tags need be displayed.
- To reduce congestion on the course, participants will be started in batches based on the seeding times submitted with the entry. Aspirant prize winners must start in the A batch to ensure competition on a gun-to-mat basis. No updates to seeding will be entertained after the Profile Update deadline. No changes will be made at registration and/or on the day of the race.
- There will be marshals on the route for your safety, but not necessarily at all intersections. The route will be clearly marked.
- There is a race sweeper for each race that will run behind the last athlete.
- There will be official medical personnel on the route and at the finish line to assist with any injury or health problem during the race.
- For the safety of athletes, convenience of the public and efficiency of medical/race personnel there will be cut off times at specific places on the route. These times will be made available at registration. Competitors who miss the cut-off will not be allowed to continue on the course, and will be routed directly to the finish or placed on a sweep vehicle for transport to the finish line.
- Trail Run athletes are required to carry basic compulsory kit:
24km Trail Run:
– Water: Carry at least 2 litres
– Food: Energy Bar/ Sandwich/ Banana.
– A cell phone charged with organiser’s number in Ziplock bag. (021 937 0324 – medical emergencies only.)
– Windbreaker and disposable poncho or waterproof jacket with sealed seams
– Space Blanket + Whistl
12km Trail Run:
– Water: Carry at least 1 Litre
– Food: Energy Bar/ Sandwich/ Banana
– A cell phone charged with organiser’s number in Ziplock bag. (021 937 0324 – medical emergencies only)
– Windbreaker and disposable poncho OR waterproof jacket with sealed seams
The above compulsory kit will be checked at the Start and may be verified at any time during the race or at the Finish. Athletes that do not have the compulsory kit when checked may be disqualified.
- The use of hiking poles is permitted.
- Athletes who decide to withdraw at any stage of the race must inform the race organiser or marshal immediately.
- Although there will be two water refill points on the long trail route and one water point on the short route, athletes are required to carry 2 litres (24km) and 1 litre (12km).
- There will be toilets at the start/finish and at all other times, athletes should be sensitive to the environment, the public and other participants.
- Assistance from non-competitors (seconds) may only be provided at official aid stations.
- Participants may receive minor assistance from other competitors at any time.
- Direct physical assistance in order to intentionally improve the result of another competitor is specifically excluded, including but not limited to pushing, the use of ropes, poles and bungee cords for towing, and carrying the compulsory kit for another participant.
- Treatment by the event appointed medical staff may take place at any point on the course and shall not be deemed to be assistance except if fluids or medicines are administered intravenously – such intravenous treatment shall make the recipient ineligible for position and performance prizes.
- An athlete shall retire from an event if ordered to do so by the official medical staff, identified by armbands, vests or similar distinctive apparel.
- Prize giving will be done once all category prize athletes have crossed the finish line.
- Athletes are required to follow the route markers and stay on the marked route. Should an athlete make a wrong turn, the athlete is required to return to the correct route. Any alternative to this shall be deemed a short-cut and that athlete faces the possibility of disqualification.
- Time and position results will only count for those athletes having completed the correct course, subject to the discretion of the race director.
- Athletes not following the route, and where this misdirection was found not to be due to erroneous course marking, shall be disqualified.
- Any appeal by an athlete regarding another participant not following the correct route must be received by the race director within 10 minutes of the athlete finishing.
- For protests and appeals the ASA appeal process (Rule 15) will apply.
– Any protest regarding the competition should be made verbally to the referee/organiser who must consider the merits of the matter.
– An appeal must be made within 30 minutes of the announcement of the decision of the referee/organiser.
– The appeal must be in writing setting out what is in dispute. The appeal must be accompanied by a deposit of R500.
– A Jury of Appeal will be convened consisting of at least 3 experienced persons, one of whom will chair the process.
– The jury will hear the matter, calling witnesses and evidence as required.
– The jury will make a decision, which shall be final.
– If the appeal has been successful the deposit shall be returned. If unsuccessful the deposit shall be forfeited to charity.
- Prize money will be transferred into the athlete’s bank account once full doping results are received.
Rules for the International Friendship Run (IRF)
- The IFR is open to International and African athletes who are participating in either of the main races.
- Athletes who qualify for the IFR are allowed to have up to 3 guests run the IFR at a nominal fee per guest.
- The IFR is open for registration at the Expo up until the day before the event.
- No registration and no number collection can be facilitated on event day.
- There are no results and timing services for this fun run.
Rules for the 2 x 28m Relay
- The 2 x 28km relay forms part of the Ultra Marathon event. The number of relay teams is strictly limited to 500 teams in total. A relay team consists of two participants – male or female, neither of whom may be entered in the Ultra Marathon or the Half Marathon. This means there can be male-only, female-only and ‘mixed’ teams.
- At least one of the two participants must have previously completed a Two Oceans Ultra Marathon. There is no restriction on the second entrant apart from the minimum age requirement of 18 years.
- Profile and medical details of both team members will be required at the time of entering.
- Both runners need to successfully complete the medical questionnaire/screening.
- Qualifying information of a previous race is required for statistical prediction purposes.
- Any unlicensed participant will be required to purchase a temporary licence.
- The minimum age for participation is 18 years.
- All relay runners will be seeded in a batch at the back of the Ultra field. The first team member will run from the Start at 6.40am to the changeover; situated approximately 600m past the 28km mark. The second team member will run from the change-over to the Finish. There will be no baton. Change-over is by means of touch. Under no circumstances will the first team member be allowed to continue on the route with the second team member. Contravention of this rule will result in a ban from all Two Oceans events for a year.
- The second team member will be transported to the changeover area by bus. No private vehicles will be allowed on the route. The buses will leave punctually from the advertised collection point. Any runner that misses the bus will forfeit their run. The same buses will transport the first team member from the change-over back to the Finish at UCT. These buses will depart from Noordhoek as soon as they are full.
- All cut-off times applicable to the Ultra Marathon shall apply to the relay runners. Should the first team member fail to reach the 28km (Halfway) cut-off in time, all second team member remaining at the change-over will be allowed to start their leg, at the cut-off time.
- Provided they complete their leg in the allowed time, the first team member will receive their finisher’s medal at the changeover area. The second team member will receive their finisher’s medal at the
- A tog-bag facility will be supplied at the changeover area. The second team member must hand in the bag at the changeover on behalf of their team mate. The team race bib will be used for identification. The Ultra Marathon tog-bag service at the Start can be used to get the tog-bag for the second team member to the Finish.
- Refreshments and toilets will be available for both runners at the changeover area; before or after their respective legs.
- There are no overall or category prizes for the relay. Club colours or team kits are entirely optional. The official race numbers must be worn by both team members on the front and back of their upper garment and will indicate the team number as well as the first or second runner.
- The Relay will not count towards any Blue Number history.
- Both runners need to complete all their entry profile information.
- Both runners need to supply their T-Shirt sizes.
Entries will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
- Only 500 teams will be allowed to enter.
- The entry fee is R1 500 per team.