Comrades Marathon becomes a Monopoly game

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Monopoly will be releasing a board game with a theme based on Comrades Marathon.
Monopoly will be releasing a board game with a theme based on Comrades Marathon.

Monopoly will be releasing a board game with a theme based on Comrades Marathon.

This is to celebrate over 100 years of the world’s oldest race, Comrades announced on Wednesday.

The theme is the brainchild of Leon Swanepoel, chief executive officer of Sportsvendo and two times Comrades gold medal winner.

“As a Comrades Marathon runner, it struck me one day that the world-famous Comrades Marathon could be the perfect theme for a Monopoly board,” Swanepoel said.

“For everyone who has participated in the Comrades Marathon, this board will surely also awaken some memories and now everyone, even those who never participated, can experience it in a different way.”
Leon Swanepoel, chief executive officer of Sportsvendo

Swanepoel said that he noticed a few years ago that Monopoly started producing their popular board game with other existing brands.

“I was fascinated and immediately became a collector of Monopoly board games. There are over 1 000 different themed Monopoly board games, and this includes movies, artists, history, retailers and strong brands in general,” he said.

“Both the Comrades Marathon and the Monopoly board game include landmarks and after I did some research, I discovered that no city marathon or road running race has ever been used for a Monopoly theme.”

The Comrades Marathon Centenary Monopoly board is designed in line with the traditional Monopoly board where the properties start with less expensive and finish with most expensive.

“For everyone who has participated in the Comrades Marathon, this board will surely also awaken some memories and now everyone, even those who never participated, can experience it in a different way,” said Swanepoel.

The Comrades marathon is an annual 89 kilometre race between Durban and Pietermaritzburg. It usually takes place around between May and June.

The last two marathons have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Some of the stuff included in the game will be landmarks, course records, athletes, the Comrades Marathon House and wall of honour among others.

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