Birthday boy Marius to be Comrades’ youngest entrant

2010-05-25 00:00

OF the estimated 20 000 runners who will take part in the 85th Comrades Marathon set for this Sunday, 71 will be celebrating their birthdays on race day.

The youngest contender is 19-year-old Marius de Bruin from Newcastle.

He will turn 20 on race day, making him just eligible to compete in the race.

“I just made it,” laughed De Bruin who is studying boiler making at the Newcastle Technology Centre’s Majuba College.

Although he has been training for the race since last January, De Bruin said he “gets butterflies” thinking about the 89 km run he will undertake on May 30. “Still, I am looking forward to it,” he said.

He added he has always been interested in running.

Up to this point, De Bruin’s longest run was 50 km.

“I know that Comrades is a lot longer, but I am going to do my best,” he said.

The Witness will publish full results of the Comrades Marathon on Monday

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