(Cape Town, 28 February 2017) Runners still hoping to secure their place in the 2017 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon have until Monday, 6 March 2017 to secure a substitution entry.
The substitutions process allows a runner to officially take over the entry of an athlete that needs to withdraw from the race. However, runners are cautioned to follow the official procedure and not just hand their race number over to a friend.
“Each runner’s personal profile – which includes important medical and emergency information – is linked to his/her race number, and the substitution process facilitates the linking of a newly-issued number to the new participant,” says Carol Vosloo, General Manager of the Two Oceans Marathon NPC, organisers of the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon.
“Not following the proper substitution procedure could have life-threatening consequences, as emergency personnel rely on the accuracy of the information linked to an athlete’s race number. Runners who simply give their race number to someone else – no matter how well-meaning – will result in disciplinary action for both parties.”
Runners may visit www.twooceansmarathon.org.za for detailed instructions.
Beware of fraudsters!
With the high demand for entries – especially for the Half Marathon and Trail Runs – there are individuals who abuse the trust of runners by advertising invalid substitutions.
“We encourage runners to contact our Entries Team to confirm the details of the withdrawing runner or substitution voucher number first. Don’t be pressured into making any kind of upfront payment without first ensuring that the transaction is valid,” adds Ms Vosloo.
Deadline for qualifier, medical & running club details submission
Runners are required to submit their qualifier, medical and running club details to their entries by midnight on 6 March 2017. This is particularly important for Ultra Marathon participants who will forfeit their entry if they fail to submit their qualifying marathon results and 2017 running club information.