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Home >> News >> FAQs: OMTOM Ultra Marathon Entries & Half Marathon Applications

FAQs: OMTOM Ultra Marathon Entries & Half Marathon Applications

  • Ultra Marathon
  • Half Marathon

FAQs GENERAL

What are the distances for 2018?

Friday, 30 March 2018

  • 12km Trail Run
  • 24km Trail Run
  • 56m Nappy Dash
  • 250m Toddlers’ Trot
  • 2.1km Fun Run
  • 5.6km Fun Run
  • 5.6km International Friendship Run

Saturday, 31 March 2018:

  • 56km Ultra Marathon
  • 21.1km Half Marathon

 

What is the minimum age to participate?

It depends on the distance you want to run.

  • 56km Ultra: 20 years
  • 21.1km Half Marathon: 16 years
  • 12km Trail Run: 18 years
  • 24km Trail Run: 18 years
  • 56m Nappy Dash: 1 – 3 years old (must be able to walk)
  • 250m Toddlers’ Trot: 4 – 6 years old
  • 2.1km Fun Run: 5 years
  • 5.6km Fun Run: 9 years
  • 5.6km International Friendship Run: Open to Africa & International entrants (and their guests) that will also participate in the Half or Ultra Marathon.

 

When will the 2018 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon take place?

  • OMTOM Expo: Wednesday, 28 – Friday, 30 March 2018
  • Trail Runs, Fun Runs & International Friendship Run: Friday, 30 March 2018
  • Ultra & Half Marathon:  Saturday, 31 March 2018

 

Where will the event take place?

  • OMTOM Expo: Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) 
  • Trail Runs & Fun Runs:  Start & Finish at UCT 
  • International Friendship Run: Start & Finish at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre 
  • Ultra & Half Marathon: 
    • Start: Main Road, Rondebosch 
    • Finish: UCT 

 

What are the 2018 Entry Fees?

Race 

Entry Fee

License

RaceTec Chip

T-shirt

Ultra Marathon

R500

Club License required

R130

Included

Ultra Marathon (Africa – NO Hospitality)

R565

Temp License incl.

R130

Included

Ultra Marathon (Africa – International Package)

R1 650

Temp License incl.

R130

Included

Ultra Marathon (International)

R1 650

Temp License incl.

R130

Included

Ultra Marathon (Charity)

Set by Charity

Club License required

R130

Included

Half Marathon (All Runners)

R210

R55 Temp License or Club License

R130

R345

Half Marathon (Africa – NO Hospitality)

R265

Temp License incl.

R130

R345

Half Marathon (Africa – International Package)

R1 000

Temp License incl.

R130

R345

Half Marathon (International)

R1 000

Temp License incl.

R130

R345

Substitutions - Ultra, Half & Trail Runs

R165

R55 or Club License

R130

Included (released by original entrant)

Trail Run 24km

R920

R100 SANParks fee incl.

R130

Included

Trail Run 12km

R750

R100 SANParks fee incl.

R130

Included

IFR
(for Africa & Intl ONLY) 

Free to international Half / Ultra entrant. An additional R200 is payable per guest joining.

Gazebo Bookings

Fee & Layout TBC

 Fun Run – 5.6km

R40

 

 

 

 Fun Run – 2.1km

 Fun Run - 250m Tottlers’ Trot

 Fun Run - 56m Nappy Dash

 

Why did you apply price increases?

Our fees have increased by between 8 and 10 percent, which is an acceptable average based on annual increases. Although we receive generous sponsorships that cover some of our event costs, there are many aspects we still need to pay for, including infrastructure and various services. Unfortunately, many of these fees have seen significant increases in the past year, and the raised entry fees reflect this.

Many runners compare this increase and cost-per-kilometre to the Comrades Marathon. However, infrastructure and service fees differ per city and municipality, and we are adhering to the costs stipulated by the City of Cape Town.

How do I enter the Ultra Marathon?

Entries open at 10am on Wednesday, 1 November 2017. Entries are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis until the 11 000 entry limit is reached. Note that Ultra entries closed 32 days after opening in 2016, and we expect the entry limit to be reached even quicker this year.

Prospective Ultra Marathon entrants must run a qualifying marathon between 1 July 2017 and 28 February 2018, and submit their results on their profiles by 5pm (SA time) on 28 February 2018. Runners who do not meet this deadline will forfeit their entry.

Runners who miss out on an entry have the opportunity to purchase a charity Ultra Marathon entry, or to secure a substitution entry between 9 January and 28 February 2018. This is the first time that charity entries are available to the Ultra Marathon. 

 

Can I download an entry form and make an EFT payment?

Due to an increase in fraud, we will no longer facilitate postal entries with EFT payments. However, thanks to our new payment partner Webtickets, you don’t need a credit card to complete your entry, simply select to pay in-store at any Pick n Pay or Boxer Store with cash or your debit card.

How do I enter the Half Marathon?

The Half Marathon follows a ballot applications process.

The ballot system is an applications process whereby prospective Half Marathon participants will have the opportunity to submit their application – or interest to enter – through the online applications system via the OMTOM website.

 

Blue Number & Yellow Number Holders

Blue and Yellow number holders may enter directly from 10am on 1 November 2017. There are 1 300 entries available in this guaranteed entry pool.

** This number has increased to accommodate an increase in Blue and Yellow number entries in 2016.

If the 1 300 entry limit is reached before 10 November (the ballot applications deadline, see below), Blue and Yellow number holders who did not secure a guaranteed entry have until 5pm on 10 November 2017 to submit their ballot application.

 

All Other Runners

  • Step 1 – Apply: Runners interested in participating in the Half Marathon must submit their online ballot application between 1 and 10 November 2017. They must also update their details during this time. This application does not guarantee anyone an entry, and runners’ chances of being drawn are equal, regardless of whether they submit their application on 1 or 10 November 2017.
  • Step 2 – Club Verification: Running clubs will have the opportunity to verify the details of all applicants claiming to be paid-up and existing club members between 11 and 15 November 2017. Applicants who are found NOT to be club members during this verification window will automatically be added to the General Draw.
  • Step 3 – Draw: Two audited computer-generated random draws will take place on:
    • 20 November 2017 for paid-up, licensed members of any South African running club
    • 27 November 2017 for the general public, as well as running club members whose names were not drawn on 20 November 2017.
    •  Step 4 – Payment: Successful applicants will receive entry confirmation emails and SMSes, with instructions to finalise their payment:
      • SA Running Club members (10 000 entries available):
        • Confirmation notification: 20 November 2017
        • Payment window: 20 November – 5pm on 25 November 2017
  • All runners (balance of entries):
    • Confirmation notification: 27 November 2017
    • Payment window: 27 November 2017 – 5pm on 2 December 2017

Runners who do not meet their particular payment deadline will forfeit their entry.

Unsuccessful applicants will receive an email notification on 4 December 2017, inviting them to secure a charity entry, or to secure a substitution entry between 9 January and 28 February 2018.

How do I enter the Trail Run?

Entries for the 12km Trail Run will open at 10am on 1 December 2017, and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis to the first 400 runners.

Entries for the 24km Trail Run will open at 11am on 1 December 2017, and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis to the first 600 successful entrants.

 

How do I enter the Fun Run?

Online entries for the 56m Nappy Dash, 250m Toddlers’ Trot, 2.1km Fun Run or 5.6km Fun Run will be open between 10am on 1 November 2017 and 28 February 2018.

Runners can also enter at the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Expo on 28 and 29 March 2018, OR at UCT on the morning of 30 March 2018, up to 30 minutes before the race start.

 

I don’t have a credit card? Can I pay with an EFT?

No EFTs are accepted. But the great news is that Webtickets is now the OMTOM’s official payment partner. This means that, instead of paying within the entry system, you will be redirected to Webtickets, where you can select your preferred payment type – which includes paying either by credit card, or by making a cash/debit card payment at your nearest Pick n Pay or Boxer Store.

Note that your in-store payment option will expire after 24 hours, so be sure to finalise your payment timeously, or extend your webtickets voucher within the date deadline.

 

Why did you partner with Webtickets?

Having Webtickets on board extends our payment options and make the entry system more accessible to a wider demographic of users.

The move to an external and more robust payment platform also gives us access to the latest electronic transaction technologies, and ensures that our runners have more convenient payment options available to them.

 

Entrants are required to have a Webtickets profile in order to facilitate payment, and all prospective participants must either update their existing OR create a new Webtickets profile before 1 November.

Almost half of our OMTOM database already have a Webtickets profile,

 

I have a Webtickets profile. Must I create a new one for the entry system? 

There is no need to create a new profile if you already have one. We do suggest, however, that your email address and cellphone number on Webtickets match the contact details on your OMTOM profile.

 

I don’t have a Webtickets profile? What must I do now?

Creating a Webtickets profile is so easy! Simply visit www.webtickets.co.za, click the “Register” button and follow the instructions.

We suggest that you use the same email address and cellphone number on Webtickets as what is already registered on your OMTOM profile.

 

When is one considered an International Entrant?

“International entry” is not based on nationality, but rather country of residence. An International Entrant is someone who doesn’t have a residential address in South Africa or another African country. (An overseas national living in South Africa will be considered a local entrant.)

International Entrants may no longer enter late, and MUST submit their online entries between 1 November 2017 and 28 February 2018.

 

What is the difference between an Africa and International Entrant?

An International Entrant lives somewhere other than South Africa or Africa, whereas an Africa entrant lives outside of South Africa, but in another country in Africa.

In the Ultra and Half Marathon, Africa entrants have two entry packages options to choose from:

  • A basic Africa package that includes a free entry into the International Friendship Run, but no hospitality, OR
  • An international package that includes free entry into the International Friendship Run, as well as access to the Hospitality Area at the Expo and on the finish line.

 

How do qualifiers and seeding work for International Entrants?

International Entrants running the Ultra Marathon are required to run a qualifying marathon (or longer distance), and must submit their qualifier results (achieved between 1 July 2017 and 28 February 2018) on their OMTOM profile by 5pm (SA time) on 28 February 2018.

You may be asked to provide proof of your qualifying race results.

International Entrants wishing to run the Half Marathon may also submit their most recent 10km, 15km or Half Marathon results for more favourable seeding.

If any entrant is unsure of their race being a qualifying marathon they can email the entries team on info@twooceansmarathon.org.za to find out.

 

How does payment work for International Entrants?

The OMTOM now partner with local ticketing platform, Webtickets, to facilitate entry payments for all entries.

All entrants will be required to register a Webtickets profile at www.webtickets.co.za to enable them to pay for their entry. They will still be able to make a payment with credit card; the only difference is that they don’t make a payment directly on the OMTOM site.

 

Do I need a running club license to participate?

All South African runners entering the Ultra Marathon are required to have a valid and paid-up running club license for 2018.

All Ultra Marathon entrants’ club membership will be verified after 28 February 2018, and entrants found without a valid 2018 license will forfeit their entry.

Half Marathon entrants do not need a running club license, but being part of a South African running club (and therefore, having a license) puts them in the special Running Club Ballot Draw.

 

How can I start in a better/faster group?

Runners are seeded based on the results they submit on their profile. Ultra Marathon runners are required to run a qualifying marathon. Visit http://www.twooceansmarathon.org.za/events/ultra-seeding for more information.

Half Marathon runners can submit their most recent 10km, 15km or Half Marathon time (or the best time achieved between 1 July 2017 and 28 February 2018) by 28 February 2018. Half Marathon runners who do not provide a time will start in E the back. Visit http://www.twooceansmarathon.org.za/events/seeding for detailed Half Marathon seeding details.

 

How can I check if I am entered?

Log into your personal profile via https://admin.twooceansmarathon.org.za/identify.aspx and check your entry details.

 

How will I receive my final race number and seeding?

We will communicate your final race details to you via email and SMS. Make sure that you have your correct cellphone number and email address on your profile!

 

Where do I collect my race number?

You may collect your race number at the OMTOM Expo at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) between Wednesday, 28 and Friday, 30 March 2018.

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