The world’s oldest and largest ultramarathon is taking place in Kwazulu-Natal on Sunday the 1st of June. Those in training (all 18 000 of them) are very brave because 90km is no laughing matter and that’s what you have to get through if you wish to say you’ve completed a Comrades Marathon. The 2014 race starts in Pietermaritzberg and winds its way to Kingsmead Stadium in Durban. Some ups and downs and then a proper down hill run make this a very exciting race. And not only does every person who finishes in the 12 hour cut off period get a medal (damn straight!) but there is serious prize money for the top 10, starting at R16 500 and going right up to R350 000 for those who come in first.
Are you one of the brave ones who are running in this year’s race?
Fact: The record for the “Down Run” is 05:20:41 and was achieved by Leonid Shvetsov in 2007. That is, quite frankly, a sprint. Imagine sprinting for 90 kilometres.
If you’d like to find out more, visit the official website here.