Comrades runner wouldn’t trade experience

2015-11-18 06:00

WITH the 2016 Comrades Marathon registration closing once the 20 000 cap has been reached, Pietermaritzburg resident Obert Myaka said that running the Comrades Marathon has been one of the greatest experiences of his life.

Myaka ran the Comrades Marathon in 2011 and 2012. He said that he would not trade the experience for anything. He finished the 2011 and 2012 Comrades Marathon in 7:31 and 7:19, respectively.

“In primary and high school I was an athlete and loved running and represented KZN in most of the competitions. When I first entered the Comrades Marathon I was determined to finish it and I am happy I achieved that goal.

“In 2013 I had a leg injury and at the half way mark I had to decide whether to continue to the finish with my injury or to give up and rest. I was not ready to give up and I finished the race at 3pm, which was not bad.”

He has taken off two years to allow his injury to heal and aims to complete the 2016 Comrades and plans to begin training for two hours every day from next month.

He praised the friendliness of runners saying they are always there to help one another to finish the race in time. “The race brings together people from all walks of life. The support from fellow runners keeps you going for a longer distance. I would encourage everyone to run the Comrades Marathon at least once in their lifetime. It is a worthwhile experience.

“Being part of the Comrades Marathon has taught me patience and given me the determination to reach my goals. My ultimate goal for the Comrades Marathon is to finish it in 6:30. With hard work, training and persistence, I know I will achieve that dream,” said Myaka.

By Tuesday morning 15 691 entries had been received for the 2016 Comrades Marathon.

Being part of the
Comrades Marathon has taught me patience and given me the determination to reach my goals. My ultimate goal for the Comrades Marathon is to finish it in 6:30. With hard work, training and persistence, I know I will achieve that dream

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