Old Mutual Om die Dam Marathon reaches out to runners who face financial hurdles.

Disadvantaged athletes to benefit from marathon sleep-over facility.

The Old Mutual Om die Dam Ultra Marathon will once again make dreams come true for runners with difficult financial circumstances.

Following a successful pilot last year, the Runners Village initiative will give athletes with limited financial means a comfortable place to sleep at the Doxa Deo Church in Hartbeespoort on the eve of this year’s marathon on 17 March 2018.

Athletes will have access to warm, hearty meals as well as mattresses, ablution amenities and transport to the start line.

Old Mutual Marketing Executive Marcelle Arnold says, “It is very important for us to give back to the communities we serve and by sponsoring initiatives like the Runners Village, Old Mutual contributes to the upliftment of the wider running community. As the headline sponsor of the marathon, we are proud to enable people from all walks of life to achieve their goals and dreams.”

To apply for accommodation at the Runners Village, athletes must meet the following criteria:

  • Runners should be unemployed or earning less than R5000
  • Runners should be registered with an athletics club affiliated with Athletics South Africa
  • Runners should be able to get themselves to Hartbeespoort a day before the race i.e. by 19h00 on 16 March at the latest
  • Runners must have registered for Old Mutual Om die Dam Marathon 2018
  • Runners should produce their 2018 race number

Applications opened on 7 March 2018 and will close at 23h00 on 9 March 2018. Running clubs are encouraged to apply on behalf of their members. The first 150 athletes to apply will be considered on a first come first served basis.
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“In 28 years the number of participants has grown from 50 to more than 10 000 and as running grows in popularity we, as the race organiser, continuously strive to improve the experience of all our participants. This includes helping to ensure that this ultra marathon is accessible to all, by reducing the financial hurdles experienced by underprivileged runners,” says Old Mutual Om die Dam race director Johan von Molendorff.

The Old Mutual Om die Dam has become a respected qualifier for many athletes training for the Comrades Marathon. With its magnificent views of the Hartbeespoort Dam, the ultra marathon continues to attract a growing number of participants each year and has rightfully become one of the top marathons on the nation’s running calendar.

Four distances are offered: the grand 50 km, a 21 km half marathon, a 10 km route and a 5 km run.

Through its “More than Yourself” campaign, the marathon also encourages participants and supporters to ‘Run for More than Yourself’ by helping to raise funds for communities in need. Alternatively participants can also support the Caring4girls initiative by dropping off sanitary towels at the following race collection areas:

  • Sportsmans Warehouse, Centurion, on 13 March 2018
  • Sportsmans Warehouse, Woodmead, on 14-15 March 2018
  • Hartbeespoort Holiday Resort, Hartbeespoort, on 16 March 2018

Visit www.morethanyourself.co.za to find out more or to become a fundraiser.