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Record Number of Athletes Participate in 97th Comrades Marathon Up-Run



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The 97th Comrades Marathon kicked off in Durban with a record-breaking number of over 20,000 athletes participating in the challenging up-run towards Pietermaritzburg. The iconic race, known for its grueling course and historic significance, saw the starting gun go off at 5:30 am, marking the beginning of the epic journey for the runners.

All eyes are on the defending champions from the previous year, Gerda Steyn and Tete Dijana, who claimed victory in the down run with astonishing record times. As they tackle the up run this year, spectators and fans are eagerly awaiting to see if they can once again showcase their exceptional running prowess and determination.

The up run of the Comrades Marathon is not just a test of physical endurance but also a testament to the spirit of camaraderie and sportsmanship. With approximately 5,000 dedicated volunteers on hand to support and assist the runners along the route, the event highlights the unity and community spirit that defines this iconic race.

As the athletes make their way through the challenging course, traversing hills and valleys, the city streets of Durban and the scenic landscapes leading to Pietermaritzburg, the atmosphere is filled with excitement and anticipation. The cheers of the crowds, the sound of running feet, and the determination on the faces of the runners create a palpable energy that propels them forward.

Several roads in and around Durban and Pietermaritzburg have been closed to accommodate the race, ensuring the safety and smooth passage of the athletes. The Comrades Marathon, steeped in history and tradition, continues to be a pinnacle event in the world of ultra-distance running, capturing the hearts and minds of athletes and spectators alike.

Rachel Adams

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