Dearest Bob

By April 5, 2018Activism, My Blog

Dearest Bob,I am sorry.

More of your friends died after Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon 2018. Again. Sorry doesn’t seem to cut it I know.I really don’t know what else to say. I know what you are thinking. “Every year same story”. And I know this is especially hurtful after the good people of the Two Oceans came to visit you at the Two Oceans Aquarium where you have to live now because of the plastic that nearly killed you. Even after this and all the media attention they gave themselves they haven’t protected your friends and stopped this from happening again and again. And we know most of your friends don’t even get to live to tell the tale.

Empty promises. No change. More unnecessary deaths. But it was a great race.

If you thought white privilege was bad brother, you should check out runner’s privilege!

I had hoped that the good people of Old Mutual, Adidas and City of Cape Town would have done something about it after my previous letter to you:

Dear Bob the Turtle

But so far nothing has changed. And I promised I would tell you when we got to 2018, as I know how hopeful you were back in 2013 when Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon promised a plastic free event by 2018. It’s now 2018. Sorry Bob. See article below with official statement from Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, the World’s most beautiful marathon they say:I love you man but I don’t really know what else to say.

For change to happen they have to be willing to let go of what they have and not hold on to it as if there is no other choice. I wish they would realize that what they are holding onto is good but what they are preventing can be great. Because nothing can be truly great if it’s at the expense of others.

I wish I had better news to share.

With love and in hope,

John McInroy

Please sign your name in comments section below & share letter to urge Old Mutual, Adidas and City of Cape Town to act decisively.


About John

John McInroy is a South African born author, social activist, humanitarian, social entrepreneur, ultra endurance athlete, international field hockey player, actor and vegan yogi.


  • Marty says:

    Alternatives exist.
    Containment is not 100% effective.
    I’m with Bob.

    I’ll also only run the race once this issue is sorted out – self-carry with (optional) refill stations.

  • Chris says:

    I’m with Bob, will not enter again until they make runners carry their own water on race day.

  • Alex Black says:

    More Bob ! One love ❤️

  • Karen says:

    I ran the 21km with a hydra pouch and there were no refill stations at all!? Time for OMTOM to make serious changes for 2019!!! I’m with Bob🚯♻️🚮

    • Lee says:

      If you run the 21km with a hydration pack you don’t need a refill station though. I also compete with a hydration pack, and only rely on refilling when the distance is longer. The event also had refill stations on the Ultra, where they were needed. There are no quick fixes for mass participation events, and not everyone can afford a hydration pack. I’m sure events will appreciate hearing about sustainable solutions.

  • Brian says:

    Why not suggest changes to help them Mr “Change Agent” instead of singing the same song every year….?
    Don’t get me wrong, I am with you, but maybe become part of the solution and live up to your title.

  • Helene Vermeulen says:

    I’m with Bob too!

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