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“Dear Comrades Runner,

Thank you for bearing with us as we do our best to get all race packs couriered to athletes across South Africa as soon as possible.

We are happy to report that 147 running clubs in the country have already received their consignment of goodie bags (being 13,561 units) for their entered members. This equated to 53,2% of the total RSA entries accounted for.

Check this link on our website for a club status distribution update https://www.comrades.com/index.php/events/comrades-events/race-pack-distribution. Unfortunately, the project has taken a two-week break as we awaited the reopening of the Durban Coastal Mental Health where the packing of goodie bags will now re-commence and be ready for distribution.

The institution was closed for an entire week due to a suspected Covid-19 case so no packing was possible over that period. We envisage that dispatching will continue on Tuesday, 11th August from Comrades House, on a daily basis and uninterrupted.

We have a system in place where we are first packing all the club orders through to completion. This is for clubs that indicated that they are willing to assist with the distribution to their members. Of the 1032 clubs with entries into the 2020 race only 466 responded saying they would assist with distribution.

If you want to get your goodie bag quicker we suggest that you convince your club administrator to assist with the distribution by sending a mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Once the club allocation process is done which we anticipate to be at month-end, we will then start sending the individual packs to those athletes whose clubs were not able to assist in the distribution process. Please ensure that you have a physical street address in your entry profile so as to ensure effective delivery.

We foresee this taking about the entire month of September as there are presently around 8,500 to be done individually. 

We once again thank you for your patience and understanding. Stay well and run safe!”- CMA Race Director, Rowyn James.


With nearly 1700 entrants in the KZN Virtual Run scheduled for this weekend, the organisers are confident that greater awareness will be created around gender-based violence in the province and country.


The event offers free entry to all South Africans and is being hosted by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Recreation in collaboration with KwaZulu-Natal Athletics and the Comrades Marathon Association as part of the festivities during the upcoming Mandela Day weekend, 18 & 19 July 2020.


The aim of this year’s inaugural KZN Virtual Run is to highlight the scourge of gender-based violence with a special focus on young males to take a stand and protect women and children against all forms of abuse.


The race is also part of the Department’s Mass Participation Programme, which seeks to encourage mass participation in sport together with promoting active and healthy lifestyles as well as talent identification.


Under the theme: “Youth to the fore! Run against gender-based violence”, the virtual race will be run over two days to give as many people as possible an opportunity to participate. Entrants have the option of a 2km, 5km or 10km run and are encouraged to participate together with their friends and families.

Enter here: www.comrades.com 


The traditional KZN Youth Run is an annual event which attracts over 10 000 athletes from across KZN and is held on the eve of the Comrades Marathon. However, due to the onset of Covid-19, the subsequent lockdown, and the regulations limiting mass participation gatherings and meetings, the 2020 edition of the KZN Youth Run was cancelled.


“As the Department of Sport and Recreation we have an obligation to encourage the people of the Province to be active especially during this stressful period brought by the Corona virus outbreak. That is why we have partnered with Comrades Marathon Association to host this virtual race which allows individuals and families to run, walk or jog within their home environment,” said MEC Hlengiwe Mavimbela.


“We will use this race as a platform to highlight the scourge of gender-based violence following the alarming rise in incidents of female murders at the hands of men. We therefore invite everyone to enter this virtual race and share their messages of support against gender-based violence and abuse of women and children,” added MEC Mavimbela.


Entry is free. For more information or to enter, please click through to www.comrades.com


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