Comrades Marathon Stats

A friend of mine sent me the media pack for the race on Sunday and it was packed with little titbits of information which I want to share, and of course comment on.

Total runners for this Comrades Marathon:
12 826

Gender breakdown:
Male – 10 539
Female – 2 287
Insights:  Before 1975, woman weren’t allowed to participate. That is only 17.8% of the field are woman, still not really adequate I feel – come on girls man up!

The average age:
Men – 41 years
Women – 40 years
Insights:  Seems I have a long running career ahead of me 🙂

The oldest male runner is 78 (Please Lord let me at least be ahead of him)
The oldest female runner is 68 (I will probably be behind her)

There is a runner running his 44th comrades this year and another running his 41st
Insights:  Just bloody crazy

There are 52 Physio’s, 199 Doctors and 57 Clergymen running – lets hope I need none of them on Sunday!

There will be 48 water tables along the way providing bananas, cooked potatoes, chocolates, oranges and biscuits – most of which has all been hovered up by the time I come chugging past.

There will be 150 jars of Vaseline used (my dad will have should I need it, I’m not so keen on dipping into a shared jar of vaseline) and 5.4 tons of bananas (WTF I never saw any primates last year, they must have been ahead of me)

Jokes aside – I have 2 days, 16 hours and 35 minutes until the start of the race and we are sending 17 kids to school so far!!!!

Insights: Woo Hooo




  1. Candice says:

    Thanks so much Michael, I’ll be thinking of you on Monday while reclining on my couch 🙂

  2. Michael says:

    Good luck on Sunday Candice. It looks pretty daunting to me but a fantastic challenge. I have my own London run on Monday. A meagre 10k. by comparison, over in a flash. I see there is a 78 year old taking part so there is hope for me yet.

    Have a good day.


  3. Candice says:

    It will sneak up on you in no time… Thanks Brian!

  4. BrianFlash says:

    I am so envious the race is so close. I can’t wait to be standing with my brother at the start line in 2010.

    Good luck!

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