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SPIRIT OF COMRADES AWARDS

21 August 2017

The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has announced that more than 70 nominations were received from runners, supporters and the public at large for this year’s Old Mutual Spirit of Comrades Awards. Nominations are now closed.

Every year, three deserving awardees are recognized for their noble human attributes of selflessness, dedication, perseverance and spirit of Ubuntu, coupled with thei


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UK RUNNER'S COMRADES DREAM

by Anne-Marie Willicott - 05 August 2017

The Comrades Marathon is a bucket list race for many international runners. UK runner Anne-Marie Willicott tells of her experience as an international runner crossing the finish line of this iconic South African race.
 
Running the Comrades Marathon had always been in my blood and a very distant dream for many years. Having a brother (Ian Bailey) with 9 silver Comrades medals and 12 finishes, a


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THE COMRADES MARATHON IN NUMBERS

05 August 2017

The Comrades Marathon is one of the greatest foot races in the world – if not the greatest. It is a race that tells the story of courage, commitment and the strength of the human spirit. Here are some quick facts and interesting stats on a race that has become a South African tradition and a household name.
 
Total Entries (2017)
South Africa
Male: 1 5430
Female: 4 16


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THE UGLY BEAUTY OF COMRADES

by Nalize van Rooyen - 05 August 2017

I have read many crazy, inspiring, warm and fluffy Comrades posts, which has made me so hesitant to share mine. My story is not about the goose bumps or camaraderie or awestruck elation, but how it took every fiber of my being to pull myself together and keep going.

Three years ago I could hardly run 1km without feeling like death, but having done cross-country in school I remembered how much I rea


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STRONGER. BRAVER. BOLDER. BETTER

by Nalize van Rooyen - 05 August 2017

Twinkling stars winking from the charcoal morning expanse. Brilliant sunrises that reach deeply into the soul. Greedy wind bursts stealing caps and precious breaths alike. Drizzling rain dampening layers of clothing, but not so much spirits. Freezing air tendrils wrapping around already stubborn muscles and joints, locking them in place.

Across miles and miles of endlessly stretching tar roads, ove


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