Archive for December 15, 2009

Stats from the Comrades Association

I’ve just received some stats for the 2010 race from the Comrades Association which I’d like to share…

Total entrants to date are 21 221, this number will be revised after the next round of entries which starts on January 30th.

Of the 21 221 entries only 24% are female!!  That seems pretty low but the average is only 18% so I think that is a fabulous increase – well done ladies!!

The total number of novices entered are 5 775 – that’s a lot of sweat and anxiety on the starting line from the first timers…

The total number of countries taking part in the Comrades 2010 is 61 with the UK, USA, Australia, Brazil and Germany sending the most runners.

I think next years race is going to be spectacular, I get Goosebumps just thinking about it, I hope you guys do too!

NYC Marathon in 2010

Anyone running the NYC half marathon in March 2010??

If you are and you would like to run for a cause but just haven’t managed to find one, then you should consider the Fresh Air Fund.  I’ve written about them before here and I think the work they do is amazing.

If you are interested then email me or get in touch with them through their website – I’d of course love to be there to run but with only 3 months to save enough money to get there, I don’t think it will be a possibility – this year anyway 🙂

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The Masai Mara Marathon Follow-up

A few months back I had to come up with what my ideal African holiday would include – the Masai Mara Marathon being one of them, then a couple of weeks ago I got an email from Chris who said that in fact this year, in conjunction with the Fairmont Rotary Club, they managed to hold this event.

It is only a half marathon distance but you get to run through the Olchorro Oirowua Conservancy.  Armed rangers are staggered along the route to keep an eye out for dangerous animals which adds to the excitement of the runners – or at least it would add to my excitement…

The cut-off is 2 hours because of the logistics surrounding a marathon of this nature and watering stations are 5km apart, not what we are used to but then again running with the possibility of being chased by something which eats meat is also not usual.

The aim of creating this marathon was to raise awareness and funds for the Mara ecosystems as well as a way to address the plight of retired Olympic legends, some of them from this area.  Sports tourism is also a sustainable way to bring money into the community, contributing to better living conditions and other facilities.

Next year the marathon is going to be held on November 20th so get your entries in early to avoid disappointment.

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