Charity entries open for 2018 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon
For the first time in the history of the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, limited charity entries will also be available for the iconic Ultra Marathon. The full list of charities participating in the 2018 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon will be available from 1 November on twooceansmarathon.org.za.
In 2017, 2000 charity entries were made available for the Half Marathon only. But due to popular demand from runners and charitable organisations, 250 additional charity entries will be available for the 2018 Ultra Marathon event on top of the 2000 Half Marathon charity entries.
Various charities around South Africa applied for entries in October this year; the successful charities have all been notified and from 4 December runners will be able to contact their preferred charity to purchase an entry. There are 67 charities to choose from, ranging from groups that care for animals, youth, mental health carers, the environment and more.
“The charity entries are an excellent way for runners to enjoy the Half Marathon and Ultra Marathon, while raising funds for causes closest to their hearts and making an actual difference,” says Dr David Maralack, chairperson of the Two Oceans Marathon NPC.
“At the 2017 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon 50 charity partners raised over R3.5-million for social, health, educational, environmental and community initiatives.”
The administration portion of the charity entry fee goes towards the Two Oceans Marathon Initiative (TOMI), allowing the Two Oceans Marathon to contribute towards the event’s beneficiaries. This year the beneficiaries are The Wildlands Conservation Trust, The Igazi Foundation, The Chaeli Campaign and Waves for Change. The TOMI also supports athletics development in collaboration with WPA in the form of logistical support and/or skills transfer. This includes events like the WPA Street Athletics series, and assisting Hewat AC with the organisation of the Cape Town Festival of Running.
“Through the TOMI and the charity partners, the Two Oceans Marathon is able to make a difference in communities throughout the Western Cape and South Africa,” says Maralack. “In 2018, we look forward to another successful year for our TOMI and the charity partners.”
The Two Oceans Marathon Initiative (TOMI) has partnered with GivenGain for the 2018 event, a global online fundraising platform that enables runners to create fundraising projects for any charity or individual to raise funds from their own network of friends, family and colleagues. All donations received are secure and automatically transferred to beneficiary charities by GivenGain.
Running the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon on a charity entry is an ideal opportunity to raise awareness for a cause close to your heart. On 4 December, 2000 charity entries for the Half Marathon will be made available, with 250 additional charity entries available for the Ultra Marathon. In 2017, Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon runners raised over R3.5m for the various charity groups.