Athletes running the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon - Tifosi Sports

It’s almost OMTOM time!

The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon is around the corner! The 50th rendition of what enthusiasts call the most beautiful marathon in the world will take place on Saturday, 20 April, and the race is expected to draw crowds that will be bigger than ever before.

Two Oceans Marathon Relay doubles the fun

The introduction of the Two Oceans Marathon Relay was announced on the OMTOM website at the end of March. This additional race will feature 500 relay pairs taking part in two 28-kilometre legs, with funds raised through the event being injected back into the Two Oceans Marathon Initiative (TOMI).

TOMI was launched before the 2012 event as a fundraising event for a number of charities that tie in with the Two Ocean’s social impact pillars: education, the environment, health and athletics development.

Teams of two – of which at least one should have completed the ultra marathon of the OMTOM previously – are invited to enter, and if you didn’t manage to qualify for the half marathon, this might just be the event for you (and a partner)! The race will be capped at 500 relay pairs. Entries cost R1,500 per team and can be acquired via Webtickets.

Organisers say that the Two Oceans Marathon Relay, which will be held for the first time at the 2019 50th anniversary OMTOM, captures the “#RunAsOne sentiment through building ‘gees’ ad goodwill”.

What’s happening at OMTOM?

In addition to the inaugural Two Oceans Marathon Relay, OMTOM will kick off with the Expo from 17 to 19 April at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

On 19 April, the Cape Town International Friendship Run for ultra or half marathon participants will see participants meet in the morning for a scenic 5.6km run/ walk, passing some of Cape Town’s most famous landmarks.

The annual Fun Runs, consisting of the 56m Nappy Dash, the 250m Toddlers’ Trot and 2.1km and 5.5km Fun Runs will take place on the same day, together with the 24km and 12km Trail Runs.

The main attractions – the Half Marathon and Ultra Marathon events – are taking place on 20 April.

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