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Epic participation figures for ‘Race the Comrades legends’

Blanche Moila, SA running legend and first black female athlete to be awarded Springbok colours in 1984 during Race the Comrades Legends 2020 on June 14, 2020
Blanche Moila, SA running legend and first black female athlete to be awarded Springbok colours in 1984 during Race the Comrades Legends 2020 on June 14, 2020
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By the time entries had closed for the Comrades Marathon Association’s (CMA) inaugural virtual event, ‘Race the Comrades legends’ on Sunday, a total of 43 788 entrants from 103 nations had signed up to be a part of it.

CMA chairperson, Cheryl Winn thanked South Africans and the world at large for supporting what has been, The Ultimate Virtual Race, making it an all-round inclusive running affair, attracting runners, their families and friends, and showcasing the camaraderie and triumph of the human spirit in one epic event, especially in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the subsequent lockdown and amidst the social distancing directives issued by governments around the world.

Winn said, “Little did we know that our slogan ‘Iphupho Lami / Dare To Dream’ for the cancelled 2020 Comrades Marathon would resonate so strongly with the running community that so many participants would dare to dream with us and be part of ‘Race the Comrades legends’. This has truly been an epic inaugural virtual race.”

Winn added, “We are immensely grateful for the support from our fellow South Africans, our sponsors and partners, our nationwide network of running clubs, our reigning and former champions, our green number runners, our international brand ambassadors and every participant around the world. You have all contributed in making ‘Race the Comrades legends’ the most inclusive virtual race, the success of which is still being felt globally. So too our gratitude to our General Manager Keletso Totlhanyo, our Dream Team of staff members and our IT partner for pulling out all the stops to put this incredible project together in the four short weeks since we cancelled the 95th Comrades Marathon that should have taken place on 14 June.”

A total of 35 454 finishers have to date registered their times for having completed ‘Race the Comrades legends’ in the various distances, as indicated below.

CMA’s IT & Entries Co-ordinator Kyle Govender has confirmed that the period for submission of finishing times will be extended to 17:00 on Wednesday, 17 June 2020, and advised that anyone experiencing difficulty in doing email info@comrades.com

Under distance run and number of runners (South Africa and foreign):

5km RSA - 5 401

5km Foreign - 552

10km RSA - 9 212

10km Foreign - 1 220

21.1km RSA - 11 897

21.1km Foreign - 1 823

45km RSA - 3 667

45km Foreign - 767

90km RSA - 687

90km Foreign - 228

Top 30 country breakdown (under country and number of runners):

South Africa - 38 779

Brazil - 1 742

United Kingdom - 645

United States - 399

Australia - 343

India - 316

Zimbabwe - 257

Canada - 145

Germany - 115

Zambia - 101

Russia - 65

Netherlands - 59

Ireland - 56

Portugal - 54

Namibia - 51

New Zealand - 46

Botswana - 45

Kenya - 34

Philippines - 32

France - 30

Colombia - 30

Switzerland - 30

South Sudan - 24

Japan - 24

Uganda - 22

South Korea - 20

Tanzania - 18

Israel - 18

Malawi - 16

Mozambique - 14

For more information, visit the official Comrades Marathon website.

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