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Comrades Marathon to keep runners safe amid ongoing COVID-19 pandemic – SABC News

It’s time to lace up, stretch and hit the starting line! After two years of cancellations, the Comrades Marathon is back and scrambling to ensure the safety of its runners amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s Pietermaritzburg to Durban departure will take place in August.

CMA Chairman Mqondisi Ngcobo says more than 15,000 runners have registered so far, most of them from Gauteng. According to Ngcobo, runners from the United Kingdom and India have the most international entries.

“We are planning staggered starts to ensure the health and safety of our runners. The staggered launch ensures they start in batches to ensure we are not seen as scatterers. If you look at it now, that [COVID-19] The numbers are rising so we decided to go to August 28th as we anticipate we could have a 5th wave around that time. You remember it was June for the past few years, but we’ve moved to August. We hope that by then the numbers will have dropped drastically so that we can host a safe and quality race,” says Ngcobo.

Comrades Marathon to keep runners safe amid ongoing COVID-19 pandemic – SABC News

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