Comrades focuses on U, the runner

2012-09-04 00:00

IN keeping with its theme of “U are Ultraordinary” for next year’s race, the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) is taking the race to the people.

As the race is a proud tradition of the Zulu Kingdom, it is appropriate that the CMA marketing team is heading for the northern district of Amajuba on Saturday, for the first of three Zulu-specific workshops aimed at motivating athletes to enter the Ultimate Human Race.

Hosted by Newcastle Harriers, the event is at the Amajuba district office, Department of Education Hall, 113 Panorama Drive, Lennoxtown.

Thami Vilakazi, CMA marketing co-ordinator, is set to share the appeal and importance of the world’s biggest and oldest ultra marathon, which enjoys its 88th running next year. Her main focal point will be the entry process, explaining the 18 000 cap-off point, and encouraging runners to get their entries in fast, as entry opened on September 1 and closes on November 30 or once the 18 000-runner figure has been reached. She will be assisted by runner Bongmusa Mthembu — who shares his experience and know-how on having a trouble-free run and beating the 12-hour cut off — and by biokineticist Menzi Ngcobo from the High Performance Academy in Pretoria. Ngcobo will advise on the nitty gritty of the race, the training, injuries and how to prevent them, nutrition, and how to be sure all falls into place come race day on June 2.

Vilakazi said: “With the entry process officially up and running, we are excited about the 2013 edition of Comrades. Our roadshows have been well-received in the past and are a huge source of motivation for many athletes in being a part of Comrades. Novice, veteran or seasoned campaigner — it doesn’t matter what the connection is with the race — the workshops prepare everyone for the performance of their lives. Next year’s race is about the runners, the folks who make it happen and keep us busy, and with this theme we encourage all runners to attend the workshops and be part of Comrades’ ultraordinary world.”

The workshops are free.

Visit www.comrades.com

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