The ultimate human race will commence on the 14th of June 2020 just not as a mass participation event in South Africa as usual. Come and RACE THE COMRADES LEGENDS, the World’s Biggest Virtual event with us on the 14th of June 2020.
It was with profound sadness and regret that the CMA Board, in conjunction with ASA and KZNA, had to make the decision to cancel the 2020 Comrades Marathon. They did so with the knowledge that it will come as a great disappointment to thousands of Comrades runners, who together with the CMA, have been holding out hope that the race would somehow proceed.
The last time this great event had to be cancelled was in the years of World War II, and in those days, there was no substitute to help the runner through those difficult years. We live in different times today where with innovation and technology, we can look to innovative solutions to contribute in a small way to fill the gap that the cancellation of the race will create.
The CMA is also very much aware that these are challenging times for all and have, therefore, together with their technology supplier, developed a unique and innovative concept in support of the running community, “Race the Comrades Legends”. This initiative will take the form of a virtual event on the 14th of June, which would have been the date of the 2020 Comrades Marathon. Runners, supporters and anybody around the world can compete in a Comrades Marathon experience, with the goal of the Greatest Ultra Marathon hosting the World’s Greatest Virtual event.
The concept will allow entrants to compete in iconic past Comrades Marathons such as the first race in 1921 or the year that the legendary Bruce Fordyce ran his fastest time or when the legend Wally Hayward first broke the time of 6hrs. Participants will receive a unique set of results with interesting statistics comparing their performances to legends of the Comrades Marathon.
Past Comrades runners, supporters and Comrades runners of the future can be inspired to earn a special “Race the Legends” Comrades medal to mark their participation in this unique time in the history of the race. To accommodate all as part of this experience and create the world’s largest virtual event, entrants who finish any predetermined distances will earn the real special medal and have the option of purchasing a T-shirt, in addition to this you will also receive a:
In support and stimulation of the entire running industry and organisations, we urge you to get all your family, friends and supporters to compete with you on the 14th of June 2020 to be a part of the world’s biggest virtual event and Race the Comrades Legends.
In addition to supporting the running industry, the entrants will be able to donate to the official CMA charities via the Race for Charity platform(R4C). The proceeds raised by the R4C platform will be used to systematically repress the spread of COVID-19 in local communities. The CMA will work with its official charities to identify projects to assist in the fight against COVID-19 and other worthy needs in society. For immediate relief, the official charities will also use donations for food parcels, sanitisation kits and PPE’s in disadvantaged communities.
Join Team Africa Marathons on the 14th of June 2020 as we run this epic event all over the world together.