The Comrades Marathon 2015
The Comrades Marathon is considered to be the world's greatest ultra-marathon at 90 kilometres long and thousands of participants each year. The run takes place between Pietermaritzburg and the city of Durban.
In 2015 the race will take palce on the 31st of May.
The route alternates each year and the 2015 marathon is an ‘up-run,’ and will start at the City Hall in Durban and finish at the cricket oval in Pietermaritzburg. The race is a famous South African event and has been run every year since 1921, except for the years of 1941-1945, when it was put on hold during the Second World War. The Comrades attracts thousands of entrants from all over the world and is watched by a vast number of spectators.
The event attracts over 13 000 runners each year has been monitored for the last 16 years using the ChampionChip system for timing. The ChampionChip is a passive transponder which a contestant attaches to their shoe lace. This device gives each contestant a personal code and transmits data back to the Comrades Marathon database whenever a reading mat is crossed on the route. This ensures that the most accurate of records are kept not only in finishing times but also in split times between runners taken at intervals during the run. As the ChampionChip is a requirement for all runners the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has made a large sponsorship subsidising some 24 000 of these by almost half, ensuring it is affordable to all contestants.
The race boasts many points of interest, wending its way towards the subtropical greenery of the Kwazulu-Natal coastline, passing the huge awe-inspiring peaks of the Drakensburg mountain range. Points of interest along this route include the Wall of Honour which marks the halfway point between Pietermaritzburg and Durban. This landmark has been permanently established in order to mark the great achievement participants have made in running this marathon.
Runners may purchase a block and plaque on which to commemorate their run, which will be displayed at this site. At this point there is also a spot cut into the bank which is known as Arthur’s Seat and is said to have been a cherished spot of rest for the famous Arthur Newton, who won the marathon five times in the 1920’s. Another spot of great inspiration to runners is the Ethembeni School for Handicapped Children which is located near Inchanga. At this site the handicapped children of the school line the street cheering runners on with great enthusiasm.
The Comrades is a South African institution that should not be missed whether one is a participant, spectator or sponsor.
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