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25 January 2018, 10am

Cape Town event’s statement pledges to conserve water

Day Zero and Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon

Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon
Sat 31 March 2018

After over a year of planning the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon is set to take place on 31 March 2018.

As one of Cape Town’s premier events the ongoing severe drought has presented a harsh reality for the organisers, our stakeholders and participants. We are aware of the concerns voiced and we take saving water – and the event’s overall water impact on the City – very seriously.

We are working closely with the City of Cape Town and their disaster management team, as well as our sponsors, to put the appropriate measures in place for the 49th OMTOM event as part of a comprehensive water management plan.

In the meantime the following will apply:
- No municipal water will be used for any of our events.
- There will be no showers at the Finish.
- Refill stations will be available for hydration pack users. We encourage all runners to be as self-sufficient as possible.
- We are reducing the number of refreshment stations, while still providing more than prescribed by national and international guidelines.

Half of those entered are from outside Cape Town. They bring with them a huge economic boost for the City (over R675-million, together with thousands of jobs being created during this time) and the charities that partner with the event (over R3-million is raised every year).

Cape Town welcomes thousands of visitors from across the globe on a daily basis – not just during major events like the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon – who play a vital role in the economic growth of the City.

A formal announcement detailing all our interventions will be made as soon as we have concluded our agreements with the relevant role-players. Through our close collaboration with the City and relevant stakeholders, we pledge to host the event responsibly and not impact negatively on our scarce resources.


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