Cape Town - In addition to the prize money that can be won by
the Ultra Marathon winners, title sponsor Old Mutual has once again
confirmed its R1 million bonus to the winning male and female runner who
respectively breaks the record for the 56km Ultra Marathon in 2015.
The men’s record of 3:03:44 was set in 1988 by road running legend
Thompson Magawana, while Frith van der Merwe set the women’s record a
year later in 1989 when she ran 3:30:36.
The closest any runner has come since then is Zimbabwean Marko Mambo,
who ran 3:05:39 in 2005, and who has won the race three times. Russian
Olesya Nurgalieva ran the second fastest women’s time in 2008 when she
crossed the finish line in 3:34:53.
This will be the 16th year that Old Mutual sponsors this prestigious road race.