The Association “Comrade Marathon” declares that the preparations for the 95th “Comrade Marathon” are going according to plan.
This Sunday will see the grueling 90km ultramarathon, the so-called Pietermaritzburg to Durban Downhill.
Dubbed the Ultimate Human Race, the marathon returns this year after a two-year hiatus after the race was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Association spokesperson Delaine Cools says: “We have road closures throughout the day from start to finish and everything is in place. But if something else needs to be decided at the last minute, it will be taken care of. We have engaged all authorities to ensure safety and all runners will be served on this route.”
Meanwhile, excitement is building among the runners, who say they can’t wait for the gun to sound to signal the start of the race.
About 1,500 participants are international runners representing 70 countries.
Canadian runner Sabrina Wang says she arrived in Durban early to acclimatise to the weather.
“Most of my training was at sea level and involved climbing mountains. We also got here early so we could climb Mt Kilimanjaro to get altitude training. We came here early so that, in addition to training, we could play and see Africa.”
Zulu Ndukenhle from South Africa says he leaves nothing to chance.
“We’re ready for it, basically this week is part of the taper, just easy runs, rest, lots of rest and getting the legs ready for Sunday. We provide carb loading, which basically puts enough carbs into your body to make sure you’re able to last the distance,” adds Zulu.
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