Ballot applications for the 20th Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon, taking place on 15 April 2017, will open on Tuesday, 1 November 2016, and runners are encouraged to secure their applications between 1 and 10 November.

From humble beginnings to one of the most popular half marathons in SA

Due to the half marathon’s incredible growth and popularity (it attracts 16 000 runners from across the globe), it was decided to implement a ballot application system for the 2017 event. The new system will offer runners a smooth, inclusive, fair and audited entry process, contributing to a better experience for athletes hoping to get an entry.

“It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but the demand for half marathon entries has far exceeded the availability for a number of years now, and the entry rush has placed incredible strain on our entry system and affected its communication with banking servers,” explains Carol Vosloo, General Manager of the Two Oceans Marathon NPC.

How the ballot process works

The new ballot system is an applications process whereby prospective half marathon participants will have the opportunity to submit their application – or interest to enter – through the online applications system via the OMTOM website.

KPMG Running Club members

KPMG Running Club members enjoy early access to the ballot application process. Club entries will open on 1 November 2016 and are limited to 5 500. Entries are allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Members are invited to enter through the KPMG Running Club.

To take advantage of this offer, please do the following:

– Send an email to with your name, surname, employee number, ID number and KPMG issued 2016 ASA license number by 4 November 2016.

– Click here to update your profile before 16:00 on 10 November 2016.

– The entry fee will be deducted from your salary once confirmation has been received.

* Please note that this is meant to simplify the entry process and does not guarantee an entry.

Non-KPMG Club and general runners

Club and general runners will have the opportunity to submit their ballot application between 1 November and 16:00 on 10 November 2016, via the online system on the OMTOM website. This will be followed by two separate, audited, computer-generated random draws.

  • 10 November 2016: 6 000 entries will be allocated to the pool of applicants that currently belong to a South African running club and have a valid club license number (note that this will be up for renewal at the end of 2016). The draw will take place immediately after applications close.
  • 17 November 2016: The balance of entries will be allocated to the general public ballot. Those who are unsuccessful in the club ballot application will be added to the general ballot. The draw will take place after the 16:00 club payment deadline.

Runners whose names are drawn on these days will receive an email with a payment link.

  • Club runners whose names were drawn on 10 November are required to complete their entry and pay between 12:00 on 11 November and 16:00 on 17 November 2016.
  • Runners from the 17 November general draw will have between 12:00 on 18 November and 16:00 on 24 November to pay for their entry.

Runners who do not meet their payment deadline will forfeit their entry.

Blue and yellow number holders are excluded

Blue number club runners, as well as yellow number holders that are about to run their 10th half marathon will be the only runners excluded from this process. They will receive an exclusive invitation to enter and pay between 31 October and 10 November 2016. No application is necessary, and this invitation is non-transferable. 1 000 entries are available in this pool.

Unsuccessful applicants

On 25 November 2016, all unsuccessful applicants will receive an email inviting them to run for a supporting charity, or to secure a substitution entry between 9 January and 6 March 2017.

Charity groups

2 000 entries will be made available to charity groups, who can apply to use the event as a fundraising platform. In 2016 over R3 million was raised through charity entries.

Ultra Entries Are Running Out

The OMTOM Ultra Marathon seems to be set for another record-breaking entry closure, with just over 2 000 entries still available. Entries are allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis and will remain open until the 11 000 limit has been reached.

Runners are urged to enter now and submit their Ultra qualifiers later.

Prospective ultra marathon entrants must run a qualifying marathon between 1 July 2016 and 5 March 2017, and submit their qualifying time by midnight on 6 March 2017.

The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon takes place on Friday, 14 April and Saturday, 15 April 2017.

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Visit the OMTOM website for more information or contact the entries team at or 0861 262326.