Entries for the Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon will open tomorrow until November the 10th for 15 April 2017 participation. Runners will enter the marathon in the new ballot system where they will submit their application through the online applications system via the OMTOM website.
Blue Number Club runners, as well as Yellow number holders that are about to run their 10th Half Marathon will be the only runners excluded from this process. They will receive an exclusive invitation to enter and pay between 31 October and 10 November 2016. This invitation is not transferable and only 1 000 entries are available in this pool.
The Half Marathon was added to the Two Oceans Marathon in 1998, which also coincided with moving the race start to Main Road Newlands, and the finish venue to the University of Cape Town.
From its humble beginnings with 3 593 entrants in the Half Marathon’s inaugural year, the event has since grown into one of the most popular half marathons in the country – attracting 16 000 runners from across the globe.
It was ultimately the event’s exponential growth and global appeal that provided the backdrop to the Two Oceans Marathon NPC’s decision to introduce a ballot application process for 2017.
“It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but the demand for Half Marathon entries has far exceeded the availability for a number of years now, and the entry rush has placed incredible strain on our entry system and affected its communication with banking servers,” explains Carol Vosloo, General Manager of the Two Oceans Marathon NPC.
“We strongly believe that the move to a ballot application system will offer runners a smooth, inclusive, fair and audited entry process, and a better experience overall.”