Runners aspire to earn Comrades green number

2019-05-29 06:02

IN 19 days, more than 500 athletes from South Africa and around the world will aspire to be inducted into the Comrades Marathon Green Number Club.

This year’s Comrades Marathon will be held on June 9 starting at the Durban City Hall at 5.30 am and finishing 12 hours later at the Scottsville Racecourse in Pietermaritzburg.

This will be the 48th Up Run. Since 1921, a total of 12 839 runners have completed the epic ultramarathon more than 10 times each, thus earning their place on the coveted Comrades Green Number Roll of Honour.

Traditionally runners retain their race numbers from year to year, while after completing 10 Comrades Marathons, the runner is awarded his/her Green Number in perpetuity, meaning that it is henceforth reserved for its owner.

It is also possible to earn a Green Number with either three Comrades wins or five Comrades gold medals.

The record for the most Comrades finishes is jointly held by Louis Massyn and Barry Holland, who have completed 46; and Kleintjie van Schalkwyk, who has completed 34, considering that women were not allowed to participate prior to 1975.

— WR.

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