Comrades well sorted at over 48 refreshment stations

2009-05-18 00:00

WITH a week to go, Comrades organisers have made their final checks on their mammoth grocery list. If it’s anything to go by, there certainly won’t be reports of runners starving at this year’s race.

Organisers of the 2009 Comrades Marathon, have indicated that 48 refreshment stations positioned between two and three kilometres apart will be set up for Sunday’s down run.

Having sufficient refreshment stations over the course for runners to maintain their hydration has always be a major logistical challenge.

That is why for this year’s race, 5,4 tons of bananas, a ton of chocolate, and 1 500 cases of cream soda were secured.

Also available at the refreshment stations will be Powerade (360 000 bottles), Coca-Cola (1 200 cases), oranges (448 pockets), biscuits (400 kg), and baby salted potatoes (two tons). These will be served at every second refreshment station during the second half of the race.

The organisers have also secured 1,1 million sachets of water, 360 000 Energy sachets, and 5 000 sachets of mageu.

There will be around 3 000 volunteers positioned at the stations to hand out the refreshments to runners as they pass by.

Each of the refreshment stations are managed and run by volunteers from various corporate companies, and organisations.

The organisers have also indicated that they’ve stocked up on Deep Heat (750 tubes), Vaseline (150 jars), and Milton’s (320 tablets). These will also be distributed at the refreshment points, just in case. — Witness Reporter.

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