IMPRESSIVE PARTICIPATION IN 'COMRADES CENTENARY HOPE CHALLENGE'

Runners in South Africa and around the world celebrated 100 years since the first running of the Comrades Marathon and inspired hope in their villages, towns, cities and in nearly 60 countries worldwide by participating in the Comrades Centenary Hope Challenge.

By the time entries had closed for the Comrades Marathon Association’s (CMA) second virtual event, dubbed the #HopeChallenge, a total of 14484 entrants from just about every continent 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, friends and even their pets to be part of the virtual event. Runners showcased the camaraderie, triumph and hope of the human spirit in yesterday’s virtual event, especially in light of the Covid-19 pandemic and the social distancing directives issued by governments around the world.”

Winn says, “We had planned to make the hundredth year of the Comrades Marathon that much more fun, inclusive and memorable but Covid-19 certainly precluded a lot of the festivities from taking place. However, we are extremely grateful that this year’s second virtual event had resonated so strongly with the running community all over the world that so many participants dared to hope with us and be part of the Comrades Centenary Hope Challenge.”

The country breakdown is as follows:

 

CountryNumber
South Africa12811
Brazil379
UK210
Australia132
USA128
Zimbabwe120
Zambia116
UAE83
Germany59
India58
Botswana48
Namibia48
Canada40
Ireland37
New Zealand31
Switzerland23
Kenya22
Japan17
Netherlands14
Eswatini9
Uganda8
Austria7
Israel7
Belgium6
Singapore6
Hong Kong5
Indonesia5
Mozambique5
Colombia4
France4
Mauritius4
Portugal4
Vietnam4
Taiwan3
Thailand3
Argentina2
Finland2
Malaysia2
Spain2
St Martin2
Turkey2
Bolivia1
Chile1
Cyprus1
Denmark1
Hungary1
Malawi1
Nigeria1
Norway1
Philippines1
Poland1
Russia1
Scotland1
Sweden1
Tanzania1
Trinidad and Tobago1
Wales1

CMA General Manager, Keletso Totlhanyo issued a huge vote of thanks to all Comrades Marathon sponsors, partners, runners and stakeholders, saying, “We are immensely grateful for the support from our fellow South Africans, our sponsors and partners, our nationwide network of running clubs, schools, 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 the Comrades Centenary Hope Challenge an incredibly inclusive virtual event, the success of which is still being felt globally. You have all inspired hope.”

 

To access the Comrades Centenary Hope Challenge gallery of images, please click through here: https://www.comrades.com/centenary-photo-gallery/