Comrades Marathon ‘a resounding success’ - CMA general manager

2017-06-15 06:00

NOMPILO KUNENE

COMRADES Marathon officials have declared this year’s race a resounding success, with the decision to change the finish venue having paid off massively.

Comrades race director Rowyn James said the race went well with minimal hiccups.

He said out of the 16 004 runners who started the race in Durban, 13 844 athletes managed to cross the finish line before the final cutoff time in Pietermaritzburg.

Comrades Marathon Association general manager Chris Fisher echoed James’s views.

“One of our main concerns was that
the runners might be dehydrated due to the heat but fortunately all the athletes took
precautions and made sure they hydrated
themselves before and during the race,” said Fisher.

He thanked organisations who assisted with refreshment and other forms of support to the athletes. There were no fatalities nor serious injuries he said.

Bongmusa Mthembu from Bulwer won it for the second time after winning it in 2014.

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