Trail snakes can officially go on standby, as online entries for the 2017 Old Mutual Two Oceans Trail Runs will open at 10am (12km) and 11am (24km) respectively on Thursday, 1 December 2016.
Runners can choose between the 12km route – a perfect race for trail novices – and the 24km run that caters for fit and experienced trail runners.
It will be the eighth year that this popular event is held as part of the Easter Weekend line-up, and if last year's entry rate is anything to go by, entries for both distances will sell out within minutes.
“The entry opening times for the short and long route are an hour apart to ensure that both sets of runners have the best entry experience,” says Carol Vosloo, General Manager of the Two Oceans Marathon NPC.
“Entries for the short route usually sell out within 10 minutes, while the 24km route takes about an hour.”
The entry limit is 1 000 participants in total.
The entry fee for the 12km is R685, and R840 for the 24km, which includes a limited-edition technical t-shirt from adidas, as well as the R100 SANParks levy. Runners who do not already own a RaceTec timing chip will be required to purchase one for R120 upon entering.
Both runs start at the University of Cape Town (UCT), from where athletes will access the lower slopes of Devil’s Peak and nearby forests of the Table Mountain National Park.
The routes comprise varied terrain with steep ascents and descents, and offer a challenge to both beginner and seasoned runners. In return, participants are richly rewarded with spectacular scenery and amazing views of the Cape Peninsula.
How to enter
Visit https://admin.twooceansmarathon.org.za/identify.aspx from 9am on 30 November 2016 to update your profile and “create” an entry. (Note that this does not guarantee your entry on 1 December.)
12km entrants may log in at 10h00 on 1 December to enter, while 24km entrants may log in at 11h00 to do the same.
Credit cards or chip-enabled cheque / debit cards that have been activated for online purchases are accepted. Due to the high demand, EFT payments cannot be facilitated.
Entries will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Runners who update their personal profiles & create their entry by 30 November are not guaranteed an entry, and will still be required to access the entry system when entries open on 1 December to pay before the entry limit is reached.
The “pre-entry” procedure is in place to facilitate a faster processing of entrants through the entry system.
Runners are also reminded of the one-time PIN (OTP) that will be sent to them from their banks before they are able to finalise their payment.
“Our online entry system is required to align with South African banks’ increased safety measures to counteract the rise in internet fraud. One of the measures in place is to send a one-time PIN to the credit card holder,” adds Vosloo.
“Runners who experience a delay in receiving their OTP should contact their credit card merchant, as this verification process takes place outside of the Two Oceans Marathon entry system. We do, however, urge runners to check that their online banking confirmation messages are delivered via SMS and not email, to speed up this process.”