By the time entries had closed for the Comrades Marathon Association’s (CMA) inaugural virtual event, ‘Race The Comrades Legends’, a total of 43788 entrants had signed up to be a part of it.
CMA Chairperson, Cheryl Winn has 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 says, “Little did we know that our slogan ‘Iphupho Lami / Dare To Dream’ for the cancelled #Comrades2020 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 adds, “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.”