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Epic participation in ‘Race The Comrades Legends’

By the time entries had closed for the Comrades Marathon Association’s (CMA) inaugural virtual event, ‘Race The Comrades Legends’ yesterday, a total of 43788 entrants from 103 participating nations 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.”

 

A total of 35454 finishers have so far registered their times for having completed ‘Race The Comrades Legends’ in the various distances, as indicated below. CMA’s IT & Entries Coordinator Kyle Govender has confirmed that the period for submission of finishing times will be extended to 17h00 on Wednesday, 17 June 2020, and advised that anyone experiencing difficulty in doing so should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Distance

Number

5km RSA

5401

5km Foreign

552

10km RSA

9212

10km Foreign

1220

21.1km RSA

11897

21.1km Foreign

1823

45km RSA

3667

45km Foreign

767

90km RSA

687

90km Foreign

228

 

The Top 30 country breakdown was as follows:

 

Country

Number

South Africa

38779

Brazil

1742

United Kingdom

645

United States

399

Australia

343

India

316

Zimbabwe

257

Canada

145

Germany

115

Zambia

101

Russia

65

Netherlands

59

Ireland

56

Portugal

54

Namibia

51

New Zealand

46

Botswana

45

Kenya

34

Philippines

32

France

30

Colombia

30

Switzerland

30

South Sudan

24

Japan

24

Uganda

22

South Korea

20

Tanzania

18

Israel

18

Malawi

16

Mozambique

14

 


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