High hopes for Two Oceans

Organisers of South Africa’s Old Mutual Two Oceans marathon said this week that they expected more than 8 500 athletes to run the ultra marathon this year.

As online entries prepared to close yesterday, event marketing manager, Stephanie Schultzen, said more than 7 500 entries had been received at the weekend, with a late rush expected to attract thousands more.

This year’s event is slated for Easter Saturday, March 7 and runners will not be able to change their information after the cut-off date, or at the Expo. However, those who miss out have a chance to bid for an ultra marathon entry when six entries go on auction today.

“Bidding opens at R900 each and interested participants can post their bid to www.dogreatthings.co.za/running/two-oceans-marathon/,” said Schultzen.

“The auction runs through until 13 March, with one entry awarded to the highest bidder of each day. Winners will be announced the day after each bid. Winning bids will also receive a PUMA product voucher worth R1 500 and their race entry includes an ‘A’ seeding.”

The auctions were introduced a few years ago as part of a fundraising drive, with proceeds going to the Two Oceans Marathon Initiative (TOMI) that will provide much needed funding for a select group of charities.

Zimbabweans will also provide some of the competition in this year’s edition, after more than 100 participated last year.

Only Honest Mutsakani (2001), Moses Munjodzi (2006) and Marko Mambo (2004, 2005 and 2008) have ever won the 56 km event for Zimbabwe.

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