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2019

  • COMRADES TO GO AHEAD AS PLANNED

    COMRADES TO GO AHEAD AS PLANNED

    The Comrades Marathon Association’s (CMA) Board convened an urgent meeting last night (Monday, 16.3.2020) in light of the outbreak of the Corona Virus, also known as COVID-19 and the subsequent...
  • 2020 COMRADES SUBSTITUTION PROCESS OPENS ON MONDAY

    2020 COMRADES SUBSTITUTION PROCESS OPENS ON MONDAY

    The 2020 Comrades Marathon Substitution Process officially opens on Monday, 16 March at 8am. The Substitution Rule allows for aspirant Comrades Marathon runners who were unable to enter the 2020...
  • OBITUARY: ERINA MUZHINGI

    OBITUARY: ERINA MUZHINGI

    The CMA is saddened by news of the death of Erina Muzhingi, wife of three-time Comrades Marathon winner, Stephen Muzhingi of Zimbabwe. CMA Chairperson, Cheryl Winn says, “We are deeply saddened to...
  • MY COMRADES STORY BY TARA DA SILVA

    MY COMRADES STORY BY TARA DA SILVA

    “My journey started when I made the decision to change my life for the better. I had struggled with weight issues for many years and it got worse after I left school and started with my studies.   I had no...
  • NEWS FROM HACT

    NEWS FROM HACT

    NEWS FROM HACT   Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust   Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust (HACT) is a registered charity situated on the Comrades route. Originally founded in 1990 as a ministry of the Hillcrest...
  • NEWS FROM THE GREEN ZONE BY ROXANNE THOMAS

    NEWS FROM THE GREEN ZONE BY ROXANNE THOMAS

    With the growing awareness of how our day to day lives are affecting our planet, the CMA has committed to doing everything it can to try and be kinder to our environment and reduce our plastic waste and...
  • COMRADES UNDERPRIVILEGED RUNNERS PROGRAMME

    COMRADES UNDERPRIVILEGED RUNNERS PROGRAMME

    The Comrades Marathon Underprivileged Runners Project started more than 20 years ago. For many years, runners who could not afford accommodation would sleep outside at the start the night before the...
  • COMRADES GIVES BACK!

    COMRADES GIVES BACK!

    Uplifting and empowering communities along the Comrades Marathon route has been part of the CMA’s strategic focus, with various upskilling initiatives and charitable endeavours over the years.   CMA...
  • 2020 Comrades Toyota Win-A-Car & Amabeadi Charity Launch

    2020 Comrades Toyota Win-A-Car & Amabeadi Charity Launch

    “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” ― Winston Churchill   Charitable fundraising through the Comrades Marathon was implemented in 1996, with the Nelson Mandela...
  • MY COMRADES STORY BY JOSEPH ADAM

    MY COMRADES STORY BY JOSEPH ADAM

    “After joining a sports retail store in Woodmead, I was fortunate to have met a runner and amateur boxer named Phillip Zwane, who was working in the running department.   Phillip introduced me to...
  • AMABEADIBEADI & RACE4CHARITY

    AMABEADIBEADI & RACE4CHARITY

    Comrades Marathon athletes are the ultimate givers! Thanks to our generous athletes, who do more than just run The Ultimate Human Race, the CMA has raised more than R40-million for its official...
  • BONITAS COMRADES WEBINARS

    BONITAS COMRADES WEBINARS

    A successful 2020 Comrades Marathon starts now with our FREE Bonitas Comrades Webinars! Featuring the Official Comrades Marathon Coach Lindsey Parry and other experts, these online seminars are not to...
  • MR PRICE & MAXED ELITE AT COMRADES

    MR PRICE & MAXED ELITE AT COMRADES

    The contribution of Mr Price, mrpsport and its Maxed Elite Running Club to ultra-running in the country has been nothing short of phenomenal. The Maxed Elite Running Club’s support of its top...
  • RUNNERS FIRST WITH BONITAS

    RUNNERS FIRST WITH BONITAS

    It’s all about the runner as the Bonitas Comrades Roadshow makes its way to the Mother City this Wednesday, and the team gets ready to motivate and encourage runners in preparation for the 95th...
  • OBITUARY: BETTY CAVANAGH NO.462

    OBITUARY: BETTY CAVANAGH NO.462

    The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) is saddened by news of the death of Betty Cavanagh. She was 89 years old. Betty is revered as the first official female winner of the Comrades Marathon, when it...
  • MY COMRADES STORY BY KGOMOTSO EUGENE DIPHOKO

    MY COMRADES STORY BY KGOMOTSO EUGENE DIPHOKO

    “Thousands of runners at the start. A resolute 6 months of training. Total mileage: 1210 km. 4 enthusiastic Manoni seconding stations, and if I may say so myself, these guys rock!   Hundreds of...
  • 2020 RACE4CHARITY

    2020 RACE4CHARITY

    On behalf of the Comrades Charity portfolios, we would like to thank all those runners who have signed up to raise funds for our 6 official charities.   So far, 450 runners have committed their 2020...
  • GOING GREEN BY ROXANNE THOMAS

    GOING GREEN BY ROXANNE THOMAS

    Team Comrades has pledged to make 2020 an active year of changing our way of thinking and acting in order to help keep our planet green & we will be encouraging all our runners to do so. If we all...
  • BONITAS COMRADES WEBINARS

    BONITAS COMRADES WEBINARS

    A successful 2020 Comrades Marathon starts now with our FREE Bonitas Comrades Marathon Webinars! Featuring the Official Comrades Marathon Coach Lindsey Parry and other experts, these online seminars are...
  • NEW COMRADES SPORTS APPAREL PARTNER

    NEW COMRADES SPORTS APPAREL PARTNER

    The CMA has announced the new sports apparel partner to The Ultimate Human Race. CMA Chairperson, Cheryl Winn confirmed, at an official launch in Pietermaritzburg, that one of the country’s most...
  • ROADSHOWS AND WEBINARS

    ROADSHOWS AND WEBINARS

    BONITAS COMRADES WEBINARS   A successful 2020 Comrades Marathon starts now with our FREE Bonitas Comrades Marathon Webinars! Featuring the Official Comrades Marathon Coach Lindsey Parry and other...
  • MY COMRADES STORY BY TIKHO NOV

    MY COMRADES STORY BY TIKHO NOV

    “In April 2018, I tied up my very first running shoes, the Nike Pegasus 34 at the invitation of my friend Kuvha. We went jogging for 3km which knocked me down for 2 weeks. Two months later, I found...
  • SCHOOL DESKS MADE FROM RECYCLED COMRADES WASTE

    SCHOOL DESKS MADE FROM RECYCLED COMRADES WASTE

    “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X   The CMA got into the spirit of giving again after it donated 80 recycled school desks...
  • RESULTS OF THE 2019 GREATER EDENDALE RACE

    RESULTS OF THE 2019 GREATER EDENDALE RACE

    The 13th edition of the much-loved community road running affair, the Greater Edendale Race, took off beautifully on Sunday, 17 November, as the community of Edendale woke up to an overcast but...
  • CMA AGM AND BOARD APPOINTMENTS

    CMA AGM AND BOARD APPOINTMENTS

    At its recent Annual General Meeting held on Thursday 21 November 2019, the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) Board paid tribute to its outgoing Vice Chairperson Sifiso Nzuza, for having served...
  • COMRADES AWARDED IAU GOLD LABEL STATUS

    COMRADES AWARDED IAU GOLD LABEL STATUS

    The Comrades Marathon has been awarded Gold Label status by the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU). The accolade is a feather in the cap for The Ultimate Human Race which holds a number of...
  • COMRADES MARATHON SUSPENDS CHEATS

    COMRADES MARATHON SUSPENDS CHEATS

    Runners found to have been cheating in the Comrades Marathon are tarnishing the reputation of the sport and the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA), as well as disrespecting fellow athletes.   It is in this...
  • MY COMRADES STORY BY GARTH DIERS, MD

    MY COMRADES STORY BY GARTH DIERS, MD

    “I was running peacefully on the downhill section into Kloof when it happened. I had decided to cross the road to a water point and looking backwards to not bump into any runners, I hit a cats-eye...
  • AIMS AWARDS GALA IN ATHENS, GREECE

    AIMS AWARDS GALA IN ATHENS, GREECE

    CMA General Manager, Keletso Totlhanyo and IT & Entries Coordinator, Kyle Govender represented the Comrades Marathon at the annual AIMS Congress in Athens, Greece. They also attended the AIMS Awards...
  • WHY RACE FOR CHARITY?

    WHY RACE FOR CHARITY?

    Race 4 Charity offers runners an opportunity to deepen the experience of running the Comrades Marathon by combining their hard work in training into something generous for charity. It’s a chance to...
  • ABAYOMI NDLOVU AT GREATER EDENDALE RACE

    ABAYOMI NDLOVU AT GREATER EDENDALE RACE

    The 13th edition of the fun community road running Greater Edendale 10km race takes place this Sunday, 17 November at the FNB Wadley Stadium in Georgetown, Edendale. Abayomi Ndlovu will be running...
  • #COMRADES2020 ENTRY CAP REACHED

    #COMRADES2020 ENTRY CAP REACHED

    With the #Comrades2020 entry cap for South African athletes having been reached, the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has announced that it regrettably cannot accept any more local entries.   The South...
  • CLOSURE OF SOUTH AFRICAN ENTRIES

    CLOSURE OF SOUTH AFRICAN ENTRIES

    The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has announced that South African entries into next year’s 95th Comrades Marathon are officially closed.   This, after the South African-specific entry cap of...
  • OBITUARY: DON OLIVER (COMRADES RACE NO.3128)

    OBITUARY: DON OLIVER (COMRADES RACE NO.3128)

    Former Comrades Marathon runner, supporter, motivator, mentor and friend to The Ultimate Human Race, Don Oliver has passed away. He was 85 years old. Don successfully completed the Comrades Marathon 19...
  • MY COMRADES NOVICE DREAM BY JUNAID ROOPNARAIN

    MY COMRADES NOVICE DREAM BY JUNAID ROOPNARAIN

    “My childhood dream was to complete the Comrades Marathon. I had successfully qualified at the Winelands Marathon but found that preparation towards the big day was hampered with an injury with four...
  • ENTER NOW - 13TH GREATER EDENDALE RACE

    ENTER NOW - 13TH GREATER EDENDALE RACE

    All roads lead to Edendale this November as the CMA celebrates an exciting day of community road-running on Sunday, 17 November 2019 when it hosts the annual 10km Greater Edendale Race. The event is...
  • TOP JOURNALIST & FUNDRAISER AWARDS

    TOP JOURNALIST & FUNDRAISER AWARDS

    The CMA’s Top Charity Fundraiser, Dean Wight, who raised over R300-thousand for the Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust, was also honoured for his huge heart and magnificent contribution to charitable...
  • AMABEADIBEADI & RACE4CHARITY

    AMABEADIBEADI & RACE4CHARITY

    More than R40-million has been raised off the CMA’s charity platforms over the past decade. Six charities will once again benefit from the Amabeadibeadi Official Charity drive for 2020. They are...
  • #COMRADES2020 – LICENSE TO DREAM

    #COMRADES2020 – LICENSE TO DREAM

    With the just unveiled #Comrades2020 campaign slogan, ‘Iphupho Lami – Dare to Dream’, the Comrades Marathon Association has dared all aspirant participants in next year’s Ultimate Human Race to...
  • LAUNCH OF 2020 COMRADES MARATHON

    LAUNCH OF 2020 COMRADES MARATHON

    Comrades Marathon runners have been given a license to dream. With the just unveiled #Comrades2020 campaign slogan, ‘Iphupho Lami – Dare to Dream’, the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has dared all...
  • #SEEYOUTHROUGH WITH COCA-COLA

    #SEEYOUTHROUGH WITH COCA-COLA

    #SeeYouThrough as Coca-Cola brings excitement to Comrades Marathon As an official race partner of the 2019 Comrades Marathon, Coca-Cola brings back #SeeYouThrough as an initiative for family and...
  • THE MIZUNO WAVE RIDER 22 COMRADES EDITION

    THE MIZUNO WAVE RIDER 22 COMRADES EDITION

    Mizuno introduces you to the most exciting edition of the Mizuno Wave Rider 22. This is a phenomenal shoe for the phenomenal runner! Mizuno and Brand ID Marketing Manager, Paul Copson says, “I truly...
  • AMABEADIBEADI CHARITY UPDATE

    AMABEADIBEADI CHARITY UPDATE

    AMABEADIBEADI CHARITY PRODUCTS FOR SALE This year the CMA’s Charities Committee has selected a wide range of products for our runners to choose from, and the best part is, you are supporting the 6...
  • THANKS TO OUR BRAZILIAN ATHLETES

    THANKS TO OUR BRAZILIAN ATHLETES

    Hundreds of pairs of new and used running shoes will be donated to charity, thanks to the generosity and goodwill of our Comrades runners from Brazil. Comrades International Brand Ambassador for...
  • #COMRADES2019 STARTERS VS FINISHERS

    #COMRADES2019 STARTERS VS FINISHERS

    EntryType Total Registered Total Starters Total Finishers Novice Entries Novice Registered Novice Starters Novice Finishers Green# Entries Green# Registered Green# Starters Green# Finishers SA -...
  • COMRADES REFRESHMENT STATIONS

    COMRADES REFRESHMENT STATIONS

    Runners were well refreshed and nourished on Comrades race day, thanks to more than 3000 dedicated volunteers who manned the 43 refreshment stations along the 86,83km route between Durban and...
  • THANK YOU TO OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT & MEDICAL PERSONNEL

    THANK YOU TO OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT & MEDICAL PERSONNEL

    CMA Race Director, Rowyn James has thanked SAPS, eThekwini Metro, Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) and Msunduzi Traffic Services for ensuring the safe passage of Comrades runners, supporters and...
  • COMMUNITY CHEST LACES IT UP

    COMMUNITY CHEST LACES IT UP

    Caption: M&E Officer for the Pietermaritzburg Community Chest, Christian Dlamini (front row centre) is seen distributing shoes to members of Buxton Workshop at the Pietermaritzburg Mental Health...
  • OBITUARY: JACKIE MEKLER (COMRADES RACE NO.9)

    OBITUARY: JACKIE MEKLER (COMRADES RACE NO.9)

    The oldest surviving Comrades Marathon winner has passed away at the age of 87. Jackie Mekler was not just a runner and a winner, he was one of the Comrades Great 5-time Winners who completed The...
  • MEDALS BY NUMBERS

    MEDALS BY NUMBERS

    CMA Race Director, Rowyn James has confirmed that 19,216 medals in 9 medal categories were handed out to 16,439 finishers. Gold 20 Wall Hayward 8 Isavel Roche-Kelly 20 Silver 540 Bill Rowan 2364 Robert...
  • TOYOTA COROLLA QUEST FOR THE WINNER

    TOYOTA COROLLA QUEST FOR THE WINNER

    “I am overjoyed and so grateful; this new Toyota Corolla Quest came at a time when I really needed a new car after experiencing problems with my current vehicle.” 64-year old Mohammed Akoojee says...
  • MY COMRADES STORY BY HENK JANSE VAN RENSBURG JUNIOR

    MY COMRADES STORY BY HENK JANSE VAN RENSBURG JUNIOR

    “My father runs the Comrades Marathon. My mom says that he started to run 2 days after I was born. And then she stares at me kind of funny; a look that says funny coincidence; like it was my fault…...
  • MY COMRADES STORY BY HAMISH HARDRES-WILLIAMS

    MY COMRADES STORY BY HAMISH HARDRES-WILLIAMS

    “My story began when I was in my mid-teens. After taking part in the 1500m and Cross Country, I had the crazy idea of one day attempting to cross the finish line of The Ultimate Human Race. However, as Murphy...
  • MY COMRADES STORY BY ZANDI ZWANE

    MY COMRADES STORY BY ZANDI ZWANE

    “My #Comrades experience was a little different. It was a busy year and my training was very bad since I was preparing for my Pageant International competition, that was going to take place in...
  • 2020 COMRADES MARATHON ENTRY PROCESS

    2020 COMRADES MARATHON ENTRY PROCESS

    There has been an unprecedented number of enquiries regarding the opening of entries for next year’s Comrades Marathon. The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has therefore advised all aspirant...
  • 2019 COMRADES MARATHON WINNERS

    2019 COMRADES MARATHON WINNERS

    It was a fabulous day for road running as 19,103 athletes took to the start line of the 94th Comrades Marathon.  Nedbank Running Club’s Edward Mothibi won the Comrades Marathon Men’s Race in a time...
  • 2019 COMRADES MARATHON PROVISIONAL RESULTS

    2019 COMRADES MARATHON PROVISIONAL RESULTS

    The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) hosted an exclusive #Comrades2019 Champions Breakfast at the Tsogo Sun Elangeni Hotel in Durban this morning (10.6.2019) with the winners, Edward Mothibi and...
  • COMRADES RUNNERS AND SUPPORTERS RAISE MILLIONS

    COMRADES RUNNERS AND SUPPORTERS RAISE MILLIONS

    “Love is not patronizing and charity isn’t about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same — with charity you give love, so don’t just give money but reach out your hand instead.” –...

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