The Comrades Marathon: India has highest number of foreign entrants in S Africa’s premier race

Johannesburg, Could 25 (PTI): India has the best variety of international entries within the prestigious Comrades Marathon to be run between the cities of Pietermaritzburg and Durban in South Africa on June 11.

Organisers stated that of the two,354 worldwide runners from 84 international locations which have entered this yr’s Comrades Marathon, the lion’s share of athletes are from India, with 403 entries.

Neighbouring Zimbabwe is second with 255, the UK subsequent with 224, the US with 173, and Brazil with 142 runners.

“We’re happy with the big variety of worldwide entrants on this yr’s Comrades Marathon. There isn’t a doubt that it is a actually worldwide occasion,” Comrades Marathon Affiliation (CMA) Race Director, Rowyn James, stated.

“As ordinary, we provide a really heat South African welcome to athletes and their households from world wide who can be right here to share within the spirit and camaraderie of The Final Human Race,” stated the race director.

The 96th Comrades Marathon can be a ‘Down Run’ on Sunday, June 11 this yr, beginning on the Pietermaritzburg Metropolis Corridor at 5 hours and half-hour and ending 12 hours later on the Kingsmead Stadium in Durban.

The route distance of the forty eighth Comrades Down Run is 87.701 kilometres.

The beginning of the race alternates every year between the 2 cities, ‘Down Run’ referring to the route from inland Pietermaritzburg to the coastal metropolis of Durban.

The Comrades, which is the world’s oldest and largest ultra-marathon, resumed final yr after a two-year hiatus compelled by the Covid-19 pandemic.

In 2020, CMA organised a ‘Comrades Marathon’ digital race, to switch the gruelling annual 90-kilometre ultramarathon that had been scheduled for that yr between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg.

It needed to be referred to as off due to the pandemic, however 40,000 entries had been acquired from 86 international locations for the digital race.

India had the sixth-highest variety of entries in that digital race after Brazil, the UK, the US, Australia, Zimbabwe and the host nation South Africa.

Individuals needed to problem the instances of the very best athletes on the nationwide and worldwide ultra-running circuit, together with former Comrades Marathon winners and gold medallists.

Town of Pietermaritzburg is the place younger lawyer Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was thrown off a practice as a result of the compartment he was in was reserved for whites solely.

The incident sparked his opposition to discrimination in each South Africa and India, finally gaining him the title of Mahatma.

The big variety of native Indians within the metropolis stated they welcomed their Indian cousins, who usually additionally hung out visiting the memorial websites to Gandhi in Pietermaritzburg.

“We discover them coming in rising numbers yearly, particularly when the race begins in Pietermaritzburg. Many come right here early and we see them in our streets coaching, generally within the hours earlier than daybreak,” stated Yasmin Saanglae, a neighborhood businesswoman and neighborhood employee.

“They all the time get pleasure from our hospitality as a lot as we get pleasure from having them right here,” Saanglae added. PTI FH PY PY PY

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