What you need to know about the new ballot system for Two Oceans Half Marathon

The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon (OMTOM), is a 56km / 35-mile ultramarathon and 21km half marathon held annually in Cape Town, South Africa on the Saturday of the Easter weekend.

It is one of Cape Town's popular events but some participants of the half-marathon are unhappy because they did not make the cut for this year's race.

There are some who feel the new selection system is 'unfair' with runners complaining they made it into the event in past years but have now been excluded.

CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies spoke to general manager of OMTOM Carol Vosloo to get to the bottom of the process for entering.

After last year's frustration that many runners experienced where we had an online first come first served system, we thought we would better align ourselves with international practice and introduce a ballot system for the half marathon.

Carol Vosloo, OMTOM General Manager

We felt this was fairer and more inclusive for a broader community who didn't have access to internet and credit cards.

Carol Vosloo, OMTOM General Manager

The half marathon is limited to 16 000 entries, a figure derived in consultation with the City of Cape Town and Disaster Management.

We invited runners to apply online for the ballot system at the beginning of November. We had an astounding 25 000 applicants... which gives us a good indication of what the demand is.

Carol Vosloo, OMTOM General Manager

Vosloo explains the breakdown of allocations. Blue and yellow number holders about to run their 9th and 10th half marathon are excluded from the ballot. Club runners are also given an allocation of a certain number of places in the first ballot as they are an important component for OMTOM.

Novice runners are part of the next ballot. This next tranche of entrants has until the 24 November to pay and any that are not paid up will be put back into the ballot system for a third tranche.

There are also 2 000 charity entries. Charity entries raised over R3 million at the last event.

Substitutions open at the beginning of January which provides yet another opportunity for entry.

Listen to OMTOM's Vosloo explain a detailed breakdown of how the allocations for the ballots have been made:

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