Comrades, the oldest marathon in Africa, wins international award

2012-11-12 00:00

AT a gala in Athens, Greece, on Friday, the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) received an international award related to the world-famous Comrades Marathon.

According to a statement issued on behalf of the Comrades Marathon Association, the award, which was accepted by CMA board member, Peter Proctor, was given to the Comrades Marathon by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) for being the oldest marathon and ultra-marathon on the continent.

Proctor dedicated the award to Vic Clapham, the founder of the Comrades Marathon.

Addressing an audience that included race directors from 52 races affiliated to the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races worldwide, plus local political and sports leaders, Proctor highlighted the fact that the Comrades Marathon was started as a remembrance to the soldiers who perished during Word War 1.

CMA general manager Gary Boshoff, who is also an executive board member of AIMS, described the award as “due recognition of the Comrades Marathon, not only as the oldest marathon on the African continent but also as the oldest and biggest ultra-marathon in the world; and the third oldest marathon in the world after the Boston and Yonkers marathons in the U.S.”.

CMA chairperson Dave Dixon said the award was a significant achievement in the history of the Comrades Marathon and thanked everyone who had a hand in making the Comrades a success.

• ingrido@witness.co.za

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