Comrades Charities hit the million mark

As the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) gears up to host the 92nd edition of the race, its six official charities are raising the stakes to ensure a record fundraising turnover as race day approaches. The CMA announced today that just over R1.1-million has been raised off the 2017 Comrades Marathon Charity fundraising platforms.

500 slots have been made available to runners to qualify to start in the ‘C’ batch on race day. So far, 72 runners have surpassed the R5000 mark and qualified for the ‘C’ batch, with Community Chest runner, Stefan Muller, raising the highest amount to date at R68,900. Race4Charity runners have until 2 May 2017 to reach their fundraising target of R5000.

However, fundraising will continue until after Comrades race day where supporters and friends can still donate in support of their runner. The race for the top fundraiser award is on! The runner who raises the most for charity will receive the coveted CMA Top Charity Fundraiser Award at the 2017 Old Mutual Spirit of Comrades Awards in October.


The Top 5 Fundraisers to date are:

Stefan Muller   Community Chest   68,900.00 
Tracy Bamber  Starfish  44,637.00
Mike Cowling  Community Chest  23,475.00
Rob Urquhart  Pink Drive  21,550.00
Adrian Stowell  Community Chest  17,950.00


Runners were also generous during the entry process. R334,454 was received through charitable donations made by runners when entering the race between September and November.

The six official Comrades Charities are the Community Chest of Pietermaritzburg & Durban, PinkDrive, Starfish Greathearts Foundation, The Sports Trust, World Vision South Africa and The Wildlands Conservation Trust.

Runners are encouraged to visit the charities stand at the Comrades Expo where Comrades branded merchandise and keepsakes will be on sale. Keep a look out for the charity runners on race day as well as the refreshment stations along the route, branded and manned by PinkDrive, Wildlands and the Community Chest.

Note: The 2017 Comrades Marathon will be the 47th up-run, starting at the Durban City Hall at 5h30 and finishing twelve hours later at the home of the Golden Horse Casino – the Scottsville Racecourse in Pietermaritzburg.