Final chance to secure a 2017 Two Oceans Marathon entry

Substitution entries for this year’s Two Oceans marathon opened on 9 January 2017. Foto: Twitter

Runners still hoping to secure their place in the 2017 Two Oceans Marathon have been thrown a final life line.

Substitution entries opened on 9 January 2017, and runners who can no longer participate are encouraged to release their entry to another runner before 6 March 2017.

“The Substitution entry process provides an important logistical function that contributes to athletes’ safety on race day. Runners withdraw from the Ultra, Half and Trail events for a number of reasons, but it’s not just a small matter of handing your 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,” said Carol Vosloo, General Manager of the Two Oceans Marathon NPC.

Vosloo warned that 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.

The withdrawing runner must log into the online system, click the “entries” tab on the left hand side of their profile summary and then select the “substitute” button.  A voucher number will be displayed and an email containing this voucher number will be dispatched. The withdrawing runner needs to forward this voucher number and original race number to the runner who intends to take over this entry. The original entry fee is not refundable. Withdrawing runners are not allowed to charge more than the entry fee.

The new runner must take the voucher number, log into the online entry system and click “substitution”. The withdrawing runner’s original race number must also be captured. Once the substitution has been validated, the system will prompt the new runner for personal and medical information.

Runners who substitute for the Ultra Marathon are required to meet the qualification requirements and have a valid 2017 running club license.

Vosloo warned runners to 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 strongly discourage runners to buy entries from third-party reseller sites, and any runner who is unsure of the validity of an entry may contact the 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,” said Vosloo.

Runners are required to submit their qualifier, medical and running club details for their entries by 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.

For more information, visit www.twooceansmarathon.org.za, contact info@twooceansmarathon.org.za, or call the organisers on 021-799-3040

 

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