Barefoot: Indian runner in city marathon

2012-01-14 00:00

THE Weekend Witness Maritzburg Marathon and Half Marathon takes place in just over a month, on Sunday February 26.

The race has already received overseas entries from Victoria in Canada; London in England and Mumbai in India.

The Indian runner, Anand Anantharaman, ran his first marathon, the Mumbai marathon, when he was 55 years old. He has since ran marathons in Singapore, Hong Kong, Seattle and Dubai. After doing all the straight city runs, he wanted something more exotic ... and ran the Great Wall of China as well as the North Pole Marathon and around Ayers Rock in the Australian Outback.

Anantharaman has now completed seven marathons on seven different continents and will next attempt six on six continents — barefoot.

He has selected the Weekend Witness Maritzburg Marathon as his African marathon.

The Weekend Witness Maritzburg Marathon attracts some 4 000 entries annually and more Comrades runners use this marathon as their qualifier than any other race. It is also a Two Oceans qualifier. It is the ideal opportunity to achieve a good time for seeding or to attempt a first marathon or half marathon.

Although organised completely by volunteers in the truest sense of the word, the standard of organisation is comparable with the best on offer. Entries are available on line, at Comrades House and in various sports shops. Entries for both distances close on Wednesday February 8.

For further information and online entries, visit

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