Foreigners have the Comrades green number bug

2011-05-17 00:00

ON May 29, Nato Amaral will earn his green number and become the first South American and Brazilian to have completed 10 Comrades Marathons. This has been a tour of passion for the 39-year-old who first ran the race in 2001, recording his best time of eight hours 33 minutes and 28 seconds.

This year, that number explodes to over 230 from North America and 115 from Brazil — up massively from last year’s 78. Over the past decade much of the increase in South American participation can be attributed to Amaral’s role as a Comrades ambassador.

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