CMA: long-time partners rewarded

2010-07-23 00:00

THE Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) hosted an awards ceremony at the Comrades House yesterday to show its appreciation for organisations that have helped with the running of the event over the years.

Plaques were presented to Umgeni Water and Greyhound Buses, which have dedicated 10 years of service to the marathon by setting up refreshment stands along the race route.

The vice chairperson of the CMA, Peter Proctor, thanked the two organisations and paid tribute to the work they have done over the years.

“We at Comrades consider the little things to be very important,” he said.

“We thank you for your continued support in making the event so successful over the years and we hope you will continue to do so.”

When a runner has completed 10 Comrades Marathons, he or she is rewarded with a green race number. Every year the CMA rewards those organisations that have been involved in the marathon for longer than 10 years with their equivalent of a “green number” — a plaque.

Awards were also given to the three refreshment stands at this year’s marathon that were the most environmentally friendly.

The CMA joined forces with waste management company Enviroserv two years ago in an attempt to control the amount of carbon emissions that arise from Comrades.

At the last two marathons, refreshment stands have been encouraged to separate their rubbish into black and green bags — non-recyclable and recyclable — as well as to clean up the road leading to the next refreshment stand on the route.

Regional recycling manager for Enviroserv Ely Devellennes said more recycled waste was evident at this year’s Comrades compared to 2009.

“It has been fantastic. We can do even better next year and I am sure that we will,” she enthused.

“Thank you to all of the tables that have put in the effort to separate their rubbish … you’ve been such a help.”

Cheques of R500, R1 000 and R1 500 were given to the tables that finished third, second and first, respectively.

Toyota won first prize, with last year’s winners, Sasol, finishing in second place.

The Cowies Hill ­Lions organisation finished third.

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