The Om Die Dam event was first run in 1991 and has grown into one of the finest ultra-marathons in South Africa, offering a great family day out thanks to its offering of four race distances. Just an hour’s drive from Johannesburg, or around 40 mins from Pretoria, a trip to the Hartebeespoort Dam is always a pleasure, and the magnificently scenic routes will have you wanting to do a second lap when you reach the finish.
This race is the largest inland marathon in South Africa. It attracts over 10 000 participants and is consistently voted as one of the top races of the year. The race will take place on the 18th March 2017 at Hartebeespoort.
Old Mutual Om die Dam is the largest inland ultra-marathon in South Africa. It offers a 50km ultra marathon, a 21km half-marathon, a 10km route and a 5km fun run. It attracts over 10 000 participants.
April 26, 2016
Comrades counting down - some interesting little snippet for those on the start line:
The race commences around 665m above sea level and drops overall to Durban making it an 'assisted' race 0.73% drop which is over 7 times the allowable for a recognised course - The the distance is obviously A to B and outside the 50% separation allowance for 'distance national / international records' --
That said it would sound…
April 23, 2016
The 2016 Old Mutual joBerg2c kicked into race mode on a blustery day for riders. Day 2 of the Old Mutual joBerg2c is when the real racing starts at the nine-day, 900km event. After a neutral first day, riders crank into a higher gear for the 93km from Frankfort to Reitz, and for the remaining seven days.
Weather conditions on Day 1 were near perfect for a casual meander through the…
April 19, 2016
The two characteristics of the Comrades Winners are that they possess great endurance and good top end speed.
The third talent and skill is their ability and discipline to share our their energy and effort over the length of the Comrades route. This however we will discuss in another post closer to the Great day.
These characteristics are seen in elite runners at every distance from 5km upwards, but the terms endurance…
April 16, 2016
South African Athletes are doing it for themselves and they provided a spectacular two days of athletic competition at the SA Track and Field Championships at Stellenbosch inspite of a programme that many, including the vastly experienced LJ van Zyl, felt was less than kind to Olympic contenders.
Caster Semenya provided the major highlight of the second day when she became the first athlete to do the triple winning the 400m,…