Polokwane Observer

Runners lace up for Comrades

- Herbert Rachuene

Athletic clubs in Polokwane will have a strong representa­tion of runners at the 2022 Comrades Marathon.

The marathon, set to start at the Pietermari­tzburg City Hall and conclude at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on August 28, has received 15 226 entries as of May 10.

The majority of entries are from South Africa (13 813), while 1

413 internatio­nal runners have submitted their entries thus far.

Polokwane Athletic Club (PAC) chairperso­n Corrie Calitz said they have not yet completed their list of runners who will participat­e. “Other athletes still have to participat­e in qualifying events but we aim to have more than 100 runners at the event.”

PAC runner Rocky Maropeng said he looks forward to his 13th Comrades Marathon. “I registered immediatel­y when they opened the entries last year and I can’t wait for the event. We missed competing in the race these past two years. My duty as the bus driver or the pace setter is to help the runners finish the race. On the day of the marathon I will lead 100 athletes for the entire race and I look forward to the spectacle.”

Richard Bilisi, chairperso­n of Mzansi Athletics Club, said they will be represente­d by 62 runners who have registered, while more are expected to register before the due date of May 16.

Local runner Rufus Photo, who finished fifth in 2014 and 2016, said he aims for a top three position. “I entered last year and I have been preparing well for the event. I participat­ed in a lot of local running events. I am fit, ready and aim for a podium finish.”

Race director Rowyn James said they urge runners who have not yet entered to get their entries in.

“We are planning a fantastic day of road running for both South Africans and internatio­nal entrants. We have the lion’s share of internatio­nal entries coming from the UK, India and Zimbabwe.”

James added that due to the considerab­le enquiries and demand from athletes, both locally and internatio­nally, to secure an entry for this year’s down run, the Comrades Marathon Associatio­n decided to increase the entry cap from 15 000 to 20 000.

“We understand that our runners look forward rward to running the world’s greatest reatest footrace again after fter the cancellati­on of f both the 2020 marathons arathons and the

2021 021 Centenary edition. dition. We want to ensure that they ey have every opportunit­y pportunity to do so.

We look forward to having aving as many runners as possible be part of this is year’s Comrades down own run and we have ave some big plans in place ace to make it a truly memorable emorable event.”

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Polokwane Athletic Club runner Rocky Maropeng Mojela looks forward to his 13th Comrades Marathon. Right: Local runner Rufus Photo, who finished fifth in 2014 and 2016, aims for a top three position.
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Polokwane olokwane Athletic Club ub chairperso­n Corrie orrie Calitz.

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