Old Mutual Om die Dam is the largest inland ultra-marathon in South Africa, offering a 50km ultra marathon, a 21km half-marathon, a 10km route and a 5km fun run. It attracts over 7 000 participants.
Due to its scenic route – via the Haartebeespoort Dam – and family appeal, the race is consistently voted as one of the top national races.
The Old Mutual Om Die Dam Marathon will be on 21 March 2015. Entry cut-off date for 50km and 21km is 1 March 2015.
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c/o Tielman Street & R511, Hartbeespoort
GPS Coordinates: S 25° 43.830’ – E 27° 53.1
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April 24, 2015
There are 37 days to go to the 90th Comrades Marathon on 31 May 2015, and in real terms its five weeks and two training days.
Normally this would mean 6 weekends putting us right smack bang in the middle of the peak training weeks.
For 3 hour marathoners that means somewhere around 140km-160km per week, for 4 hour marathoners around 110-120km per week and to the remainder getting around 90-100km per…
April 22, 2015
Although women will only be officially running the 90th Comrades marathon for the 41st time, only 39 women have won the Comrades Bowl to date.
These numbers actually highlight the gender inequallity that has existed in sport for many years, and Comrades generally followed the norm.
That said, once again the Comrades Spirit comes to the fore once again, as we delve back into the history of the race.
On only the third…
April 20, 2015
So who holds the Comrades UP Run Record?
Many will say USA based Russian doctor Leonid Shvetsov is record-holder and that Elena Nurgalieva hold the men and women up run records in 5:24:49 and 6:09:23 respectively. Those were run in 2008 and 2006.
Now sometimes its necessary to get into the lion’s cage and wrestle the king of the jungle to get clarity… this author has been known to have taken on…
April 19, 2015
Camaraderie as we posted yesterday is a key tradition of Comrades, but do remember the event (not race) was originally seen as a ‘go-as-you-please’ challenge between the two city halls. Only after the first runs did it truly become a race.
Distance was never really an issue with 5km marker boards only being erected for the first time in 1972 and then only over the last 25km!
Until 1975 people ran with…