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Two Oceans Marathon Censures Inaccurate Race Entry Information Report
Two Oceans Marathon Censures Inaccurate Race Entry Information Report

13 November 2019

Two Oceans Marathon Censures Inaccurate Race Entry Information Report

The Two Oceans Marathon NPC is aware of information currently circulating on social media platforms relating to the Two Oceans Marathon and the 2020 entry process and fees, and the inaccurate report by Sport24.co.za on Tuesday 12 November 2019.

TOM NPC hereby confirms that no information relating to TOM2020 entry dates and fees has been publicly communicated by the TOM Race Office.

TOM NPC Chairperson, Rodney Maharage, said “The Two Oceans Marathon appreciates the concerns of the running community and the intense interest in information around the race and securing an entry. However, from a governance perspective, we are obliged to follow due process to ensure that the correct information is released and we request your support.”

As a constituent of Western Province Athletics (WPA), the Two Oceans Marathon is subject to the WPA Road Running Rules. Accordingly, entry fees and any proposed changes to the entry process, are subject to ratification by WPA. Only upon approval thereof will this information be released.

Following the unprecedented demand for entries into TOM’s 2019 Ultra Marathon – which took less than 6 hours to sell out, we can confirm that a ballot process for the Ultra Marathon is under consideration.

The sponsorship contract period with both Old Mutual and adidas ended after the 2019 staging of the race. Their respective decisions not to renew were related to their revised global brand strategies. This has provided an opportunity for the Two Oceans Marathon to review its financial model and to explore new partnerships and to grow the Two Oceans Marathon brand.

“Throughout our history, we have enjoyed positive and longstanding partnerships with some of the biggest and most trusted brands in South Africa. Through our diligence in managing the business efficiently, we will be able to deliver a world-class event well into the future,” says Maharage.

As a Not-for-Profit Company, the Two Oceans Marathon places enormous value on its governance and ethical business practice, and that of all partners with whom it associates. The organisation therefore views the defamatory allegations of recent improper business practice reported by Sports24.co.za very seriously and can defend all business processes followed.

As we enter into a new era of the Two Oceans Marathon, with the 51st running of the event fast approaching, some positive changes are on the horizon. These include enhancing the runner experience along the route and at the Finish Village at UCT, as well as a brand refresh. Through the Two Oceans Marathon Initiative (TOMI), we look forward to growing the social impact footprint via programmes in the areas of education, health, environment and athletics development, and promoting opportunities for entrepreneurship.

“We know that an event of this magnitude comes with many challenges. But equally, we know that as a collective, our resilient, committed and passionate staff, our runners and all our TOM stakeholders can enable us to move forward positively. We are more determined and resolute than ever to deliver a fantastic experience in 2020 and to continue to build and empower communities,” says Two Oceans Marathon Race Director, Debra Barnes.

Kindly direct any queries to TOM NPC Media at media@twooceansmarathon.org.za

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