--%>
Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Athletics | Running

© Gallo Images

'Hard is what makes Comrades great'



Race director Johan Van Staden held high hopes for next year's Comrades Marathon and said it was an opportunity for the organisers to improve on the current standard.

“Comrades is an extremely hard race and hard is what makes it great. You have that sense of achievement when you finish the race and that just makes it great,” Van Staden said at the 2014 race launch in Johannesburg on Thursday.

It would be the 89th edition of the ultimate human race, and the slogan ‘hard is what makes it great' was the leading campaign driver for the 89km down-run from Pietermaritzburg to Durban, on June 1, 2014.

Soaring temperatures and high winds made 2013 a challenging year for the marathon.

“Our primary focus for the campaign revolves around educating the runners on how hard the race is and the preparation required for the comrades marathon.”

The prize money for the male and female winners was increased from R300 000 to R350 000.

“A lot of our runners out there run for money and that's how they sustain their living. Being an international event we have to keep up with the standards out there and supply the runners with a decent reward,” said Van Staden.

Chris Bruwer would take over from Gary Boschoff as the general manager of the Comrades Marathon Association, after had Boschoff had served the organisation for over eight years.

A new entry system was introduced where runners would no longer submit their entries via retail store Mr Price. They would now apply online or through the manual system of handing in an entry form to CMA.

Entries for the race open on September 1 and will close on November 30, or as soon as the 18 000 entry cap has been reached.



Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



Gary Sobel (Physio)
Comrades training - November 2014
November is all about running a 32 km race! This is the highlight of the year, and will also be...

Reuters on Athletics
Hitting the trail with elite runner Zola Budd
My running partner has generously conceded to my pace and it's not because of the warmth of the...