Updated 11 February 2015

Health24 and SSISA join for Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Inspiration

#OMTOMInspiration is a joint venture between the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, the Sports Science Institute of SA (SSISA) and Health24 which aims to help both novice and experienced runners get inspired to run the world's most beautiful race.

What happens when you put the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon (OMTOM) team, passionate running sports scientists and the marketing department of the Sports Science Institute of SA (SSISA), and South Africa’smost popular health website in a room together? A whole lot of magic which boils down to a thoroughly engaging initiative called “OMTOM Inspiration”.

In “OMTOM Inspiration”, meet and join our characters and bloggers Yentl Barros (of and Khalid Gallant (CEO of the South African Institute for Drug-free Sport), as they plot their 60-day journey  to race day - interspersed with all kinds of SSISA scientific assessments and experiences and they share it on and multiple social media platforms  (#OMTOMInspiration).

Yentl and Khalid are training for the 21.1km Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon race, which takes place Saturday 4 April 2015. Yentl is a novice runner and simply wants to make it to the finish-line before cut-off – whilst Khalid takes part in multiple sports and has plenty of running experience – so his aim is to get there FAST!

Expect to hear their inside story and to meet scientists and experts in their blogs – as they:

  • Have sessions in SSISA’s scientific laboratories, on treadmills, kitted out in all the regalia needed to provide fascinating data;
  • Find them in consulting rooms and even on the couch;
  • Celebrate their highs and encourage them when they hit lows;
  • Feel their pain and embrace their dreams – many of which will feel familiar;
  • Engage with them, share YOUR stories on their blogs and in social media and expect to be encouraged and supported in return, by many runners on this exceptional common journey. 

Not only will their running training be prescribed, with Yentl being trained on OptiFit’s 21km running programme and SSISA’s High Performance Centre biokineticists monitoring Khalid’s progress; they will also be exposed to the full array of health professionals offering testing and professional advice.

In their shared journeys you will be exposed to awesome technology as UCT’s Exercise Science and Sports Medicine (ESSM) Unit researchers analyse their biomechanics; body composition and sleeping patterns. From gait analysis by SSISA’s podiatrist - to dietary recommendations - to “adapting to change” sessions with the psychologist and mobility and flexibility assessments by the High Performance experts - these runners won’t be spared any support and information that can enhance their experience as well as yours.

You will be able to find all the information, contacts and links to these specialised programmes and assessments - on’s dedicated OMTOM hub under the Fitness section.

 “OMTOM Inspiration” will culminate in a state of the art, unique experience at the event expo running from 1 to 3 April 2015. In the comfort of a cafe lounge area at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), during certain time-slots, you can meet not only Yentl and Khalid in person, but also a host of other extraordinary people.

You can garner last minute tips from experts and listen in on conversations and interviews with celebrities, running legends and elite runners, as well as enjoy very active scientific debates on contentious issues!

Lucky draws, fun activations and photo/autographing opportunities will be interspersed with “OMTOM Inspiration”– to make it an exceptional expo experience.

Marketing Manager of the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, Stefanie Schultzen is extremely excited about the “OMTOM Inspiration” initiative with SSISA and health24. “I work 365 days a year to optimise the experience of our OMTOM runners – and I believe this venture will inspire, empower and connect our runners even more as they train for this magical event”. 

This is the World’s Most Beautiful Marathon and we want you to have a world class experience starting from right now. So follow our bloggers on SSISA’s and’s social media and Let’s get the conversations going as we unite in spirit and engage in #OMTOMInspiration”.  

Visit our dedicated Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon hub here

Stay informed and connected
Follow all OMTOM updates and add the hashtag #OMTOMInspiration:

On Twitter @Health24com 
On Health24's OMTOM App on our Facebook page
On Health24's OMTOM Pinterest page 

For race related info:
Tel:         0861 2OCEAN / +27 21 799 3040
Race dates: 3 and 4 April 2015

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