Comrades Marathon marshals honoured

2016-09-07 06:00
                                           PHOTO: SUPPLIED Green Name recipient and community marshal Happiness Meyiwa (left) with Comrades Marathon Association chairperson Macdonald Chitja.

PHOTO: SUPPLIED Green Name recipient and community marshal Happiness Meyiwa (left) with Comrades Marathon Association chairperson Macdonald Chitja.

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MORE than 50 people have been honoured by the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) with Green Name Certificates for providing marshal services to the Comrades Marathon for more than a decade.

The Comrades Marathon Community Marshals Programme, consisting of a 200-strong team, was implemented by the Comrades Association in 2004 in response to the need to increase runners’ safety along the route. Since then, the group has ensured the safe passage of Comrades Marathon runners along the route from Cato Ridge to Inchanga.

The association said the group had performed their duties “with pride and a deep sense of responsibility for the safety and protection of Comrades Marathon runners along this stretch of the 89km Comrades route”.

The association has provided training and support for the team on an annual basis in the run-up to the marathon, which many have used to secure jobs for themselves.

Each of the 54 Green Name recipients was honoured with a Green Name Certificate by the chairperson of the Comrades Association, Macdonald Chitja, and other officials.

“From its inception the project was viewed as a community initiative. Our engagement had started with Nkosi Mlaba and his induna and has continued to grow and flourish to this day.

“Although individuals were awarded the Green Name Certificates, the function is a celebration of the involvement of the entire community,” said Chitja, adding that the association was grateful to each of the Green Name recipients for their years of service to the marathon.

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