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Entries for 21km

  • Half Marathon


The entry process for the Half Marathon is a ballot system.

This is in keeping with international best practice as utilised by other high profile mass-participation events like the New York and London Marathons.

See a detailed step-be-step guide here!

The Process For 2018

The 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.

Blue Number & Yellow Number Holders

 There are 1 300 entries available in this pool. Blue and Yellow number holders who fall outside of the 1 300 entry limit, will be added to the ballot.

All Other Runners

  • Step 1 – Apply: Runners interested in participating in the Half Marathon must submit their online ballot application between 1 November and 5pm on 10 November 2017. They must also update their details during this time. This application does not guarantee anyone of an entry, and runners’ chances of being drawn are equal, regardless of whether they submit their application on 1 November or 10 November 2017. However verified club members have two chances to be drawn. Please note that clubs must verify their members between 10am on 11 November and 5pm on 15th November. 
  • Step 2 – Draw: Two audited computer-generated random draws will take place on:
    • 20 November 2017 for paid-up, licensed members of any South African running club
    • 27 November 2017 for the general public, as well as running club members whose names were not drawn on 20 November 2017.
    •  Step 3 - Payment: Successful applicants will receive entry confirmation emails, with instructions to finalise their payment:
      • SA Running Club members:
        • Confirmation notification: 20 November 2017
        • Payment window: 20 November – 5pm on 25 November 2017
  • All runners (balance of entries):
    • Confirmation notification: 27 November 2017
    • Payment window: 27 November – 5pm on 2 December 2017

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

Unsuccessful applicants will receive an email notification after the draw closes, inviting them to secure a charity entry, or to secure a substitution entry between 4 December 2017 and 28 February 2018. 

CLICK HERE for detailed information around Half Marathon entries.

The decision to introduce a ballot process to the Half Marathon was not taken lightly. But we have reached the point where the Half Marathon is oversubscribed, and where the demand for entries far exceeds the availability.

In the past few years, entries also sold out within hours. This has placed incredible strain on our entry system and affected its communication with banking servers, which made for a frustrating experience.

By moving to a ballot system and in turn, avoiding the rush that inevitably leads to frustration and disappointment, we are able to offer runners a smooth, inclusive and fair entry process, and a better experience overall.

Charity Entries

2 000 entries will be made available to charity groups, who can apply to use the event as a fundraising platform.

The list of charity partners will be published on the website soon. Runners who are unsuccessful in the ballot process may approach any one of these charity partners and run for a good cause.

Entry Fees


Entry Fee


RaceTec Chip*


Half Marathon (Blue Number Club)


R55 Temp License, or can submit Club License



Half Marathon (ASA Clubs)**

Half Marathon (All Runners)**

Half Marathon (Africa)


Temp License incl.



Half Marathon (International)


Temp License incl.



* If you already own a RaceTec timing chip, you do not have to buy a new one.

See the race shirt here! 

** DO NOT FORGET: The entry fee is only payable when your name is successfully drawn from the ballot

Please note that Entry fees are not refundable under any circumstances.

Number Collection

Please ensure that you bring your printed race acknowledgement, RaceTec timing chip and ID document (or permanent residence permit) to the Number Collection counter at the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Expo in March 2018. To print your "confirmed entry" acknowledgement page at a later stage, visit the "Confirm Entry" page.


Runners participate at their own risk. The organisers and the sponsors cannot be held responsible for any damage, injuries, illness or losses incurred whatsoever - whether before, during or after the race.