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Two Oceans marathon participants offered R1m

Race director Chet Sainsbury says the race attracts runners from all over the world.

Race director Chet Sainsbury says the race attracts runners from all over the world.

CAPE TOWN - The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon organisers say participants are being offered a huge incentive this year to break the 56 km record, which was set more than two decades ago.

Around 11,000 runners are set to take part in the ultra-marathon next Saturday.

Organisers say R1 million will be added to the prize-money awarded to each of the winning male and female runners who break the record.

Race director Chet Sainsbury says the race attracts runners from all over the world.

"We got a lot from our neighbours such as Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Ethiopia, they are all coming to support the two oceans."

Around 16,000 people are expected to take part in the half marathon taking place on the same day.

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