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.
To help with your preparation for Om die Dam Marathon, have a look at our customised training programmes, developed by Virtual Coach, Norrie Williamson.
January 29, 2015
Breathing and running are inherently linked. Without oxygen we can not run and the better the air supply the more easily we run.
I am often asked about the correct breathing rate, and whether it should be through the nose or mouth or both.
There are books who recommend that you breath in for so many strides and breath out over the next two or four strides. Really?
This sounds far to complicated…
January 09, 2015
Running hills is ` key session for any runner looking to improve style, strength, speed, and even endurance.
That seems a pretty good return for a small investment, but earning those benefits requires some discipline and focus.
For many runners the idea of a hill session is simply to get out and run for an hour or so over a hilly route.
Its not hard to find a hilly course in most South…
December 22, 2014
Are small weight increases and rest days important during the Christmas and New Year celebrations? It's a time of parties, meals and excess as we share the love of families, friends and partners.
How often in the past days have you heard running friends say they need to go out for hours to ‘run off’ the extra serving of turkey stuffing, Christmas pud, or yesterday’s all-day Family Day braai?
Runners frequently make…
November 27, 2014
I was first introduced to the slogan ‘Start slow and taper off’ in 1994 through a good friend Joe Oakes.
Joe is an ultra runner, distance swimmer, organiser of many events including the ‘Escape from Alcatraz swim’ in San Francisco and the ‘Key to Shining Key 100 miler’ down the keys of Florida.
National Geographic heralded Joe for his manpowered circumnavigation the world: He is a man of vast experience who has…