The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon (OMTOM) is thrilled to announce that it’s all systems go for the 2019 edition of Africa’s biggest running event. Each year the event takes place over the Easter Weekend in Cape Town, the OMTOM Official Host City.
Road closures have been finalised and published in the press and online, and is scheduled to be broadcast on air up to and including Race Day. In particular, no parking is allowed on the M3. Ticketing and tow-away punitive measures are in place for motorists violating this parking restriction.
Route Alternatives and Race Abandonment
Contingency plans and alternative Race Routes are in place to re-route any Race Event should weather conditions not be favourable, with a detailed logistics and operations plan to ensure a smooth emergency transition. In the extremely unlikely event that the Race needs to be abandoned, all runners, stakeholders and affected parties will receive SMS alerts to this effect. An emergency notification will be posted on the Two Oceans Marathon website at www.twooceansmarathon.org.za. Runners and supporters are also encouraged to follow the Two Oceans Marathon Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for updates.
Race Weekend Emergency Number
The emergency number for Race Weekend (19 and 20 April) is (021) 937 0324.
Human Resource Logistics Support
Race marshals, refreshment stations, medical and physiotherapy stations, traffic, EMR officials and other human resourced logistics support will be deployed on all the OMTOM event race routes on Race Days.
Thanks to a careful logistics plan, OMTOM is able to adhere to the Level 3 water restrictions in place and is still exploring silo plans to potentially exceed this in parts of the route. On the environment and sustainability front, runner education remains a priority, with a total of 12 925 runners having pledged to carry their own hydration at the time of securing their entries. Race organisers take a zero-tolerance approach to littering by either runners or supporters, with those who do litter risking disqualification or a race ban as per Two Oceans Marathon Rules.
A runner’s rescue vehicle will be travelling along the event routes and from the various cut-off points throughout the day to transport runners who need to retire from the race early or have not made the various race stage cut-offs.
Cape Town, the Official Host City of the Two Oceans Marathon
Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Chief Marketing Officer Debra Barnes says, “We are proud to be organising Africa’s biggest running event in Cape Town, the Official Host City of the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon. The City of Cape Town was awarded the prestigious distinction of being heralded the World’s Leading Festival and Events Destination at the 2018 World Travel Awards in Lisbon, Portugal, and OMTOM 2019 will deliver – and exceed on – the promise that such an accolade holds”.
Staging the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon is not possible without the support of all stakeholders and sponsors, including new sponsor partner, Caltex.