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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March 26, 2015
Are the modern runners too slack? Has the 12 hour cut off destroyed Comrades?
The early Comrades finishers all received solid silver medals but as the numbers increased the medals were changed to reflect different performance standards.
In 1960 the number of entrants exceeded 100 for only the second time with only 80 finishers. Only the top 12 finished under the 7 hour 30 minute mark and another 28 achieved what would…
March 26, 2015
Race organisation has changed considerably over the years.
The very first race in 1921 took several attempts to get going and it is thanks to the persistence of Vic Clapham that 48 runners entered, 34 runners started and 16 finished.
That said in 1921 the race organisers job was a less taxing than today. Once runners had started the organisers’ main priority was to keep the runner safe and on the correct…
March 25, 2015
1967 – The closest Comrades in History
With a distance of 56 miles (90km) it seems highly unlikely that there would be really close finishes in a foot race of this length and yet there are ?? Instances where the winner and runner up have been separated by less than 2 minutes..
Not surprisingly the greatest portion of these comes after 1985 which was the first year that entries exceeded 10,000.
March 18, 2015
"We were born to succeed NOT to fail" said Henry David Thoreau
This is a particularly important concept for South Africans to try to keep uppermost in our minds.
One of the benefits of overseas travel is the opportunity and experience of viewing and comparing our country and our typical lifestyle from afar. One of the easiest comparisons comes from reading papers.
Sure every country has it's negative stories, but pick up a…