The South African race sold out in record time.
A record 14,000 runners are expected to line up at the starting line of the Two Oceans Half Marathon in April. According to the Web site, Super Sport.com, the previous attendance record for the South African race was 13,221 in 2009. Two thousand runners were turned away after the race sold out.
Of the field, more than half (54%) are first-time half marathoners.
“The response to this race has been incredible and our office is inundated with calls on a daily basis from people looking for half marathon entries,” said Rowyn James, the race director. “We had to allow for additional entries over the initial 11 500 benchmark in order to accommodate the demand and did so in consultation with the City of Cape Town.”
James went on to point out that after the successful hosting of the World Cup last year, South Africa can handle large crowds as long as the event is managed correctly.
Many of the participants are running for the race’s charity, “Bobs For Good”.
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