Animals, tutus, pink bras run Comrades

2012-06-02 16:04

All sorts of weird and wonderful characters will be on the road this morning as athletes come together in the ultimate endurance race, the Comrades Marathon.

Some will be wearing animal suits while others will wear pink bras and tutus, all in a bid to raise cash for charities.

The Comrades Marathon Association is supporting six charities this year – Starfish Greathearts Foundation, Community Chest, Sports Trust, Wildlands Conservation Trust, Pink Drive and World Vision South Africa. Athletes had to choose which they wanted to support.

However, said Comrades spokesperson Delaine Cools, “it was not compulsory for athletes to support the six official charities”.

“As you will see there are runners who will be supporting charities that are not part of our fundraising campaign,” she said.

“The audience can expect to see some weird and wonderful characters on the road.”

One of those will be radio personality Brad Brown, one of 400 runners wearing shades of pink in support of the Pink Drive campaign which aims to create awareness about breast cancer.

Brown, who presents a show on 94.7FM, is running in memory of his mother, Lynne, who died of breast cancer two years ago.

The Starfish Greathearts 2012 Comrades Campaign will be fronted by popular TV and radio personality Simon Gear – but the jury is out as to whether he will be running in a starfish costume. The foundation aims to bring life, hope and opportunity to Aids orphans.

Gear said the Starfish Greathearts campaign appealed to him as it has a long standing and proud relationship with the Comrades Marathon.

“I ran my first Comrades in 1997 and I have always wanted to make running Comrades even more meaningful and hopefully I will now be able to do so,” he said.

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