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India dominates participation at South Africa’s Comrades Marathon

Posted : 03 June 2023 02:02:56 | By TWO Bureau | GNN Bureau

India dominates participation at South Africa’s Comrades Marathon

Embracing the spirit of camaraderie, endurance and determination, South Africa is all set to host the 96th edition of the Comrades marathon on June 11, 2023. A total of 2354 international runners from 84 countries are expected to enter this year’s legendary race. With 404 Indian runners participating in Comrades this year, India has the highest number of international entrants in this marathon. This notable achievement is well in line with South African Tourism's ongoing efforts to position the country as a preferred destination for adventure and sports tourism among Indian travellers.


Comrades Marathon in South Africa is also known as the world’s largest, oldest and most prestigious ultramarathon, covering approximately 88 kilometres between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg in the KwaZulu-Natal province. Over the years, the race has attracted thousands of runners from across the globe who aim to complete the challenging course within the strict time limit of 12 hours. The event is known for its scenic but demanding terrain, which tests the physical and mental strength of the participants.


The presence of Indian athletes at the Comrades will further emphasize the global allure and significance of this iconic event. Notably, this year also marks the momentous milestone of 30 years of bilateral relations between India and South Africa. As these two nations celebrate their enduring friendship and partnership, the participation of Indian runners in the Comrades Marathon serves as a testament to the strong bond shared between the people of both countries.


Extending her heartfelt congratulations to the Indian runners as they prepare to participate in the marathon, Neliswa Nkani, Hub Head, Middle East, India and South East Asia, South African Tourism said, “It is such an honour and delight to see that a record-breaking number of 404 Indian runners will be taking part in this year’s Comrades Marathon. As they embark on this extraordinary journey, they carry the best wishes of both their homeland, India, and their gracious hosts, South Africa. May they achieve personal triumphs and create lasting memories during their journey in the Rainbow Nation.”

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