It’s “t-minus two days ” for the Comrades Marathon, South Africa’s premier ultra-distance running event, which takes place between Durban and Pietermaritzburg on 16 June each year. (16 June, Youth Day, is a public holiday.)
The starting and finishing places alternate: this year, the Comrades is an “up” run, starting at sea level in Durban and finishing 650 meters higher, in Pietermaritzburg, about 90 kilometers away.
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The race features a host of major local and international ultramarathoners, including Victor Kotov, the “up” run’s defending champion. It will be broadcast live on SABC 2 – tune in, die-hard race fanatics!