OLD MUTUAL PROVIDES COMRADES RUNNERS WITH VIRTUAL ROUTE IN IMMERSIVE 3D 

Comrades Marathon runners have been given the opportunity to boost their race preparation through ground breaking virtual reality technology called the Oculus Rift.  

Brought to them by major co-sponsor Old Mutual, it enables them to pre-inspect the race route virtually, while getting personal advice from multiple marathon winner, Bruce Fordyce. 

The Oculus Rift is a three-dimensional (3D) immersive video that makes use of cutting edge technology to bring the iconic race to vivid life. It can be viewed and experienced at the Comrades Marathon Expo – which takes place at the Durban Exhibition Centre from May 28 to 30. 

Using custom tracking technology, the headset provides 360° head tracking, providing a seamless look around a virtual world. Every subtle movement of the wearer’s head is tracked in real time, creating a natural and intuitive experience.

Old Mutual has combined this technology with expert route advice from veteran runner Bruce Fordyce. Inside the world of Oculus Rift, Comrades runners can hear Fordyce give essential advice on the Big Five Hills that form part of this year’s up run. 

Each of the five Oculus Rift headsets at the Old Mutual stand at the Comrades Expo will cover one of the hills – Cowies Hill, Fields Hill, Botha’s Hill, Inchanga and Polly Shortts – with Fordyce giving insider tips and information. Three of the “Big Five Hills” are in the first half of the race. From the base of the first hill, Cowies, to the top of Botha’s Hill, runners climb 502 metres in the space of only 22 kilometres. Fordyce’s advice could prove invaluable to those taking part.

Even those who are not running the race will get a not-to-be-missed opportunity to see “the reality” of competing in one of the world’s most challenging and best-known running events. 

“We are excited about bringing runners the combined benefits of innovative technology and human experience,” says Old Mutual’s Chief Marketing Officer Mokaedi Dilotsotlhe.

“With the Oculus Rift videos, runners get race advice in a race situation. It shows clearly what you can expect and allows you to visualise your goals. We overlay this with the human element, Fordyce’s insights, which mirrors our approach to helping our customers achieve their life goals. Exciting innovation backed by expert human advice enables great visions to be realised.” 

Also on display at the Old Mutual stand will be a portfolio of all Old Mutual endurance sports sponsorships, including the Old Mutual Wild Series. This collection of high-octane trail running and mountain biking events take place on some of the toughest terrain the country has to offer.

Digital radio station Old Mutual LIVE will be giving relevant and up-to-date content on a weekly basis to Comrades runners. The launch of the station at the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon marks the first time that a corporate company has successfully extended the lifespan of a sponsored event through a digital radio station.  

Old Mutual LIVE will be broadcasting live from the 2015 Comrades Marathon Expo as well as on race day. It will cover relevant topics such as nutrition and training with industry experts. The Old Mutual app can be downloaded from an app store to access exclusive podcasts and web series on-demand or visit www.dogreatthings.co.za

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this exciting event. Entrance to the Expo is free. 

The Comrades Marathon is on Sunday, 31 May and will start at the Durban City Hall at 05h30 and end 12 hours later at the Oval Cricket Stadium in Pietermaritzburg, covering a distance of 87.72km.

Online links:
Websites
Ø  http://herofilm.co.za/hero-film-produces-our-first-oculus-rift-video/ 
Ø  https://www.oldmutual.com/about/sponsorship.jsp?sponsorship_id=13508 
Ø  http://www.comrades.com/
Ø
  www.dogreatthings.com



To all Nedbank Running Club athletes who ran The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon please see the prize winners list to check if you are entitled to a prize and if so please mail your banking details to ` nadea@twooceansmarathon.org.za

Prize winners list







2015 Comrades Marathon Route Distance Confirmed

The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has announced the final race distance for the 90th Comrades Marathon. CMA Race Director, Rowyn James has confirmed that the route measurement has been finalised and the official distance is 87,72km, making it one of the longer Up-Runs in recent history.

James has explained that due to the GO!Durban Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network road-works in Josiah Gumede Road (Old Main Road), Pinetown, the route has deviated slightly for Comrades race day. The CMA took the decision in accordance with its strict protocols on runner safety. The deviation occurs between the 69km – 67km to go Bonitas Kilometre marker boards and means an extra 877 meters has been added onto the same route as the 2013 Up-Run.

James continues, “The construction in Pinetown does not adversely affect the route or the race and everything has been done by ourselves and the Municipality to minimise the impact on the event.”

Runners coming down Cowies Hill into Josiah Gumede Road (Old Main Road) in Pinetown will turn left into Beviss Road just beyond the SAPS Building, then right into Bamboo Lane, cross over St. Johns Avenue and then turn right into School Road, cross over Josiah Gumede Road, and turn left into Kings Road crossing over Crompton Street and Glenugie Road before turning left into Anderson Road and then right back into Josiah Gumede Road to resume with the existing route towards Fields Hill.

James has stressed that Pinetown is the only place where the route deviation will occur. The remainder of the 87.72km route will stay the same as per the up-runs of the recent past.

James concludes, “The CMA has worked closely with our provincial athletics federation, KwaZulu-Natal Athletics in terms of route measurement and the deviation; and will continue to do so with regard to other related contingencies. We look forward to an amazing race day for our runners and supporters alike.

James has advised that the following cut-off times will be in place at various points along the route and that runners need to factor this into their overall race day plan. 

Route area/landmark

Distance done

Approx. Distance to go

Running time/Time of day

Cowies Hill

17km

70km

2: 40:00 (08h10)

Winston Park

30km

57km

4:30:00 (10h00)

Drummond (Halfway)

43km

44km

6:00:00 (11h30)

N3 Subway – Cato Ridge

57km

30km

8:00:00 (13H30)

Umlaas Road Interchange

67km

20km

9:30:00 (15h00)

Top of Polly Shortts

79km

8km

11:10:00 (16h40)


The new cut-off introduced is at the base of Cowies Hill – corner of Josiah Gumede Rd (Old Main Road) and Otto Volek Road intersection (opposite Sandy Shopping Centre).
The 90th running of the world’s biggest and oldest ultra-marathon will be an ‘up-run’ from Durban to Pietermaritzburg on Sunday, 31 May 2015. For details on the race, please visit www.comrades.com


#NedbankGreenMile Brings Carnival to the Comrades

Nedbank, a major sponsor of the Comrades Marathon since 2002, will be bringing fun and flair to the 90th Comrades Marathon on Sunday, 31 May 2015. The prominent financial institution will host the official spectator spot along the route in a grand, enormously entertaining, eco-friendly Green Mile with an electrifying parade of colourful characters, carnival-style floats and more.

Spectators can prepare for a Camperdown make-over as the iconic, award-winning #NedbankGreenMile transforms the grey and dusty streets into a road running celebration on Comrades race day.

Aptly themed ‘Comrades Carnival’ in celebration of the 90th Comrades Marathon, the 2015 #NedbankGreenMile is the place to be at along the up-run’s 87km route.

Nedbank Group Sponsorship Manager, Patrick Baransky says, ‘From humble beginnings as a water spot 34 years ago, the #NedbankGreenMile has evolved into an unforgettable, award-winning, inspirational, family-friendly zone where everyone can be part of the Comrades experience.’

Kids and the young at heart will delight in an action-packed Kids Fun Zone where entertainment includes face painting, balloon artists and jumping castles, plus much more. Runner’s supporters will also be able to keep up with the race action from the large grandstand which will be home to a large screen TV airing live footage and race commentary throughout the day.

A troupe of acrobats, jugglers, stilt walkers, giant puppets, Cancan and Salsa dancers will be parading through the mile-long spectator zone throughout the day, dazzling all in their wake, while local marimba, steel drum and marching bands set the carnival beat. There will also be DJs, flamboyant floats, a ‘kissing’ booth, shoot the hoop recycle bins and a secure kids zone with a jumping castle, face painting, arts and crafts and puppets; plus many more surprises.

Baransky adds, ‘In Nedbank’s commitment to supporting the local community, all proceeds from food and beverage sales along the #NedbankGreenMile will go to local schools, charities and churches. There will also be an interactive recycling programme in place throughout the spectator zone.’

So ignite your imagination, dress the part and come be part of the Comrades Carnival at this year’s #NedbankGreenMile, which will be open from 08h00 – 14h30 on race day, with free entry.  An easy access car park next to the N3 race route with parking directional signage will be provided.

#NedbankGreenMile event details:
Date: 31 May 2015
Time: 8h00 to 14h30
Entry cost: Free
GPS co-ordinates: S 29º 43’ 38.28”, E 30º 32’ 25.44

 
 


Nedbank Running Club - Special Edition Comrades shirts
We are pleased to announce that the Nedbank Running Club will be offering all its members special edition long sleeve shirts for the 2015 Comrades marathon.

The shirts will be made out of trilobal moisture management material.
 
Comrades Long Sleeve T-Shirt

 


The cost will be in the region of R235 per shirt. Stock will be limited and we urge all members to e-mail their order to their respective clubs as soon as possible indicating:
- Shirt of which event (Comrades and/or Two Oceans)
- Number of shirts
- Sizes
Sizes available will be SMALL to XXL.

Please e-mail your orders to your Nedbank Running Club Chairman


Safety comes first

You only have to take a step out your front door each morning to see just how many runners are out there pounding the pavements each morning. It is a truly awesome site to see. It's the new year with new goals, and we're all are turning over kilometre after kilometre preparing for our 2015 race or fitness schedule. We are however, constantly reminded by the sobering news that a runner, cyclist, triathlete or sporting enthusiast has been found unconscious or fatally knocked-down while out doing what they love best. These are followed by queries as to whether anyone knows the person or more importantly, knows how to contact the family urgently. At large events this can be mayhem and in remote areas, critical.

 

As road safety is a cause pertinent to us all, we chatted to Patrick Baransky; Nedbank Sponsorship Manager, on the need for safety ID bracelets.

“I’m always amazed by the lack of contact details sports enthusiasts carry on their person. Could a Good Samaritan assist you should they come to your assistance and you can’t speak for yourselves? What about your training partners, do they even know your chronic medical conditions, allergies or next-of-kin contact details?”

To help

MAKE SAFETY HAPPEN

Nedbank have negotiated a 20% discount on purchases made through the www.iceid.co.za website.

Please use NEDBANK as a discount coupon code. There is a Nedbank green silicone strap that is available! Most products can store four to six lines of key details.    

Should you want an even cheaper alternative, try dog-tags with key contact and medical details, and keep on your person or tied to shoes.

For safety purposes, those exercising alone should not use music for company, or if you insist, have the music turned down low, and only in one ear - this way you can still hear the things around you.

Safe training!

Nedbank Running Club  




 

 

 

   

 
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