Bumper field for this year’s Comrades

2009-04-24 00:00

Organisers of the Comrades confirmed that this year’s race will be the biggest one in the past four years.

The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) said yesterday that close to 12 900 people have registered to participate in the event on May 24.

The CMA also announced that there has been a significant increase in the final number this year as from the previous four years.

“We’re over the moon about the amount of registered runners this year,” said Craig Fry, media co-ordinator for the race.

“For the past four years we’ve averaged at about 11 000 entrants … This year, we aimed for between 12 500 and 13 000, and we’ve done it!”

The CMA said that there was a 17% increase in entrants this year.

It said this increase proves that events like the Comrades are in a healthy position.

“Getting so many entrants this time around is an indication that people are interested in the race,” said Fry.

He said this is especially true when one takes into account that 2 404 runners registered this year are first-time entrants.

“This is a huge amount when you look at the overall amount of entrants,” he said.

“To have such a large amount of people being first-time runners is a clear indication that the race is growing in popularity.”

The CMA also indicated yesterday that of the 12 900 entrants in this year’s Comrades, 12 300 are South African runners.

Of these, 2 120 are female and 10 180 male.

There will be 460 male international runners at this year’s race, and 130 female international runners will participate.

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