With the staging this past weekend of the 11th Greater Edendale Race in Georgetown, Edendale, the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has expressed its appreciation to the athletes, supporters, stakeholders, volunteers and the greater public for their role in the successful event.

The 2017 edition of the race once again showcased some of the country’s top athletes, with Sipho Mbanjwa and Jenet Mbhele claiming the winning titles in the Men’s and Women’s Races respectively. The local community also enjoyed a day of fun and excitement with runners from surrounding communities adding to the vibe.

The running attraction is jointly hosted by the CMA, Msunduzi Municipality, and the uMsunduzi-Pietermaritzburg Tourism Association (MPTA). Sunday’s 10km Race attracted over a thousand athletes. The event was graced by Msunduzi Mayor, The Honourable Themba Njilo, who said, “It is wonderful to see that this race which started from humble beginnings in 2007 has grown to this extent, attracting runners from all walks of life to the Edendale community.”

Njilo added, “It is my hope that this wonderful event grows from strength to strength and that more sponsors find value in investing in such sporting initiatives.”

Greater Edendale Race Convener, Macdonald Chitja says, ‘We are extremely grateful to the community of Edendale who have supported this event since its humble beginnings.”

Chitja adds, ‘We are humbled by the support we have received from the CMA’s sponsors, partners and all stakeholders. Special thanks go to the SAPS and traffic police; as well as all of our marshals and volunteers who ensured a safe and successful event. We are also very grateful to the media, especially Edendale Eyethu, and all of our partners who guaranteed a great day for everyone involved.’

CMA CSI Committee Chairperson, Alen Hattingh says, “We value the role played by the physically challenged community members of Edendale who assisted our technical officials with line judging and age category spotting. It is our wish that people from all walks of life are involved in the Greater Edendale Race in some way or another.”

MPTA’s Dumisani Mhlongo concludes, “This community-centred initiative is not just a sporting event. It unites the community and goes a long way to showcase tourism icons in Greater Edendale and to drive Social Cohesion. We are very grateful for the support of the community and all stakeholders.”