To the OMM Community,
We hope you are all keeping healthy and getting out on the trails as much as you can safely.
We’d also like to add our gratitude to all NHS & key workers who have been working tirelessly to keep us safe.
We’ve been surviving and playing our PPE part…
We have been working hard to ensure the continuation of OMM. This looked tricky from the start with a significant drop in kit sales and the unavoidable cancellation of the OMM Festival. Most of our team was furloughed and it became a very quiet place.
However, things are looking up and thanks to the support that is being put in place for businesses we are now secure in our future and looking forward to delivering more exciting kit and events.
We’ve also been trying to help out from home and have switched our supply chains to the PPE crisis. Combined with our German team, OMM has delivered over 11 million face masks to local governments.
We are now rolling this out to supply physios and businesses who need them. Working together is the way forward so please all stay safe, and hopefully we will all be able to go and enjoy the countryside soon.
We are happy to open our supply of facemasks up to yourself and other businesses. If you require Type 2, FFP2/3 Facemasks please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT’S COMING UP
NEW CLASSIC PACKS
This has been a big project for us. The Classic packs are an iconic piece of outdoor kit and when it launched 47 years ago, they started a revolution in the outdoor industry towards lighter fabrics and new technical advances.
Nearly 50 years later the Classic Pack remains the ‘go–to’ pack for multiday adventures & racing. In July we will release the biggest update to the classic packs since the 1970s!
The strength of the Classic packs has always been in their multifunctional usability. It’s the pack that’s done it all and won it all.
The new 2020 pack uses light, durable fabrics, sleek shaping and incorporates a modular system that allows you to adapt the pack for running, hiking, multi-day ultras or a 1 hour commute.
Available July 2020 – we’ll keep you posted…
EVENTS? …THAT’S A TRICKY ONE
The priority must be everyone’s safety. Safety of you the competitors, the volunteers and the local community where the events are held.
These are pretty extraordinary times but we’re taking the long–term view on this and Mountain Marathons will continue on. We are 50:50 on the OMM Alps taking place in Achensee, Austria – 1st August and feeling confident (but not certain) that the 53rd OMM in October will go ahead.
As all the events are not for profit, we need your entries to be sure we can go ahead. This allows us to plan accordingly from a logistical perspective, not ending up in a position where we don’t have the capacity to accommodate more competitors. If we are unable to go ahead with either OMM ALPS or the 53rd OMM events we will offer you a FULL REFUND
OMM ALPS – 1-2 August 2020
Our event team over in Germany have been liaising with the local authorities and the current news we’re receiving is that Austria is planning to allow events to go ahead in August.
For international competitors it’s all a bit unknown and given the fact that you will need to arrange travel we have made the decision that if you would like to cancel your OMM ALPS entry you can do so from today.
Achensee is stunning and as we get closer to August, should you feel happy travelling, entries will stay open.
53rd OMM – 24-25 October
Given that the course area covers 400km2 of big pointy highland mountains in the middle of nowhere, and the idea of the event is stay away and not follow each other, we’re feeling relatively confident that with some organisational change, the event can go ahead.
We are making contingency plans such as staggering the start with time slots and increasing space at mid–camp but all these things are manageable.
We just need to know that you are coming. If we do need to cancel we will offer everyone with a FULL REFUND.
OMM JAPAN – 9-10 November 2020
The main event is now fully planned after having moved location twice as we sought land access.
It will be go ahead, as planned, in November and will be stunning event.
For international entries we wouldn’t advise travelling this year but it is an amazing place and culture so definitely one for the future.
Stay safe and see you in the hills soon.
Although it has been an incredibly difficult year for everyone and our troubles are minor compared to many around the world; things, for us at least, are looking brighter and we hope they are for you too. We look forward to seeing as many of you (but probably from a distance) as we can in October.