Comrades: 15?000 runners likely to take part

2011-05-27 00:00

THE 86,96 km Comrades Marathon up-run is the feature event of the weekend, with over 16 500 runners having qualified from the 19 617 who entered late last year. Taking sickness and injury into account, that number is expected to drop to 15 000 participants completing their registration at the Comrades Expo by the end of tomorrow.

Although it’s the 86th running of the race, it’s the 90th year since the inception of the race by Vic Clapham, and this year is as unpredictable as it was in 1921.

On Sunday the celebration of the human spirit commences with the gun firing at 5.30 am at Durban’s City Hall, and will finish with a pistol shot at 5.30 pm at the Oval at Pietermaritzburg.

If you are not running, you can share the excitement and atmosphere along the route and at the finish, or on TV, which broadcasts the whole event.

For those looking to sample the atmosphere with some action the only other event on the calendar is the National Youth Run at 9 am tomorrow at Hoy Park on the corner of Durban’s Somtseu and Brickhill roads.

The event is a three-way partnership between the Department of Sport and Culture, the Comrades Marathon Association and KZN Athletics.

Ten-kilometre and five-kilometre distances are on offer and open to all participants.

Prizes are restricted to the top 10 youths between the ages of 15 and 19, who will be awarded between R1 000 for a win and R100 for tenth.

The minimum age for the five-kilometre run is nine while the 10 km race’s minimum age is 15 years.

The five kilometre run starts at 9.15 am and both events are open to walkers. Entries are not taken on the morning, but are available at the Comrades Expo in Durban all day today.

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