Finishing the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon (OMTOM) is no easy feat. And we aren’t talking about runners either. Like every other race, the OMTOM reaches an inevitable conclusion when time is up. Frikkie Kotze is a technical official and timekeeper of the Ultra Marathon, and it’s his job to make sure the race ends with a bang.
Starting the race off with a mighty cannon blast is a tradition that has been kept by the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon (OMTOM) for some years now. As thousands of runners gather at the start of the world’s most beautiful marathon, the height of all their excitement and preparation is materialised with one loud boom of a cannon.
Martin Venter is a former member of the South Afric
He has run 38 Comrades Marathons (of which 18 silvers) and 26 Two Oceans Ultra’s (of which 4 silvers), the last when he was 76 years old. On top of that he recorded a finish time of less than 5 hours at Oceans at the age of 70! Fair to say that Caspar Greeff has some great advice to all runners tackling Saturday’s Two Oceans Ultra Marathon in Cape Town.