Friday, May 27, 2011

All set for Comrades

Organisers of this weekend's Comrades Marathon insist that everything is in place for the successful running of the 86th edition of the race.

Close to 20 000 athletes will line up for the run from Durban to Pietermaritzburg on Sunday, almost double the number that took part in the last race in that direction, but less than the 23 000 plus that participated last year.

Amongst those competing are also 1 288 foreigners, celebrities and politicians like new Ekurhuleni mayor Mondli Gungubele and MEC for Health in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Sibongiseni Dhlomo.

After the last two competitions were run the other way around - last year it was changed especially because of South Africa hosting the Soccer World Cup - this time around it is back to the "Up Run", which was last run in 2008 when Russians Leonid Shvetsov and Elena Nurgalieva were the winners in the male and female races respectively.