Stakes high at Two Oceans

2013-03-30 06:00

The money stakes have been upped at the Old Mutual Two Oceans with the title sponsors announcing a bonus of R1?million bucks for a man and woman who will break the course record in the ultra race.

The prize money for the first man and woman home in the 56km is R250?000.

A record field of over 26?500 runners will participate, race director Rowyn James confirmed.

He said 1?821 are foreign runners from 74 different countries, with the United Kingdom boasting the biggest contingent, with 389 participants.

Three-times Comrades Marathon winner and Two Oceans 56km defending champion Stephen Muzhingi will also race at the traditional Easter weekend race, which kicks off today.

The women’s defending champion, Elena Nurgalieva, as well as the reigning 21km champions, Rene Kalmer and Xolisa Xali, will be among the field.

Two Oceans in numbers:

R275 000

»?The money that has been raised for the event’s official beneficiaries: SANParks Honorary Rangers, Western Province Athletics and the Cape Academy of Mathematics, Science and Technology.

13 987

»?Runners from the rest of South Africa, with 1 821 coming from outside South Africa (international and Africa).

12 182

»?The number of runners – taking part in the 56km and 21km – registered by Western Province.

72%

»?Of the 56km field are men and 28% are women while the 21km race has an equal split of men and women.

»?54 runners in the 21km and 34 runners (56km) will celebrate their birthday on race day – stats provided by the race office

» Read the race report in City Press on Sunday.

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