The race has since taken place annually, only being missed during the years of war in 1941-1945.
All of this came out of Vic Clapham, a man who wanted to honour all war veterans by doing something annually to remember them and celebrate their efforts. And so the Comrades Marathon was born.
Now as a child I remember the insanity, the joy, the buzz and of course, the humanity of this event. And as much as I don’t exactly sit glued to my television to watch it, I do find myself tuning in towards the end of the race. Where there are feats so great and impassioned that in that moment you find that humanity at its most perfect.
Over the years the marathon has developed their own traditions and awards- such as the Geraldine Watson Trophy which awarded to the last runner to finish. The trophy was there to honour a woman who had been a participant, helper or spectator at every Comrade’s since the 1920’s till her passing in 1975.
Now dear readers at this moment I want to take the time to encourage you. Not all of us may be runners, or even want to watch but I urge to witness this amazing event at least once in your lifetime.
I’ve been lucky to be there on several occasions and have always been amazed and moved by the people who give themselves to this race so completely.
This year’s race will begin in Pietermaritzburg and head to Durban, on Sunday the 3rd of June 2012.
So make sure you head on over! If you’re coming from out of Durban, then call us or get in contact with Optima Holidays and let us sort out your accommodation for you!
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