The Comrades Marathon is one of the world’s top ultradistance races. The race is a gruelling 90km footrace which takes place in South Africa. The direction of the race alternates each year between the up run starting from Durban and the down run starting from Pietermaritzburg (the capital of South Africa.)
Runners have 12 hours to complete the course which includes five hills called “The Big Five”. The race began in 1921 and has been run every year since with the exception of a few years during World War II. 2010 marks the 85th running of the Camrades Marathon.
Of the 165 runners from the United States, two of our very own local runners will be making their way to South Africa in May to participate in this world renowned event: Bart and Laura Yasso. Laura alluded to her training for Comrades in her interview for the Runner Spotlight earlier this month. I cannot imagine what running this race would be like. The word “adventure” comes to mind. In any case, I wish both Bart and Laura the best of luck in accomplishing their goal of running Comrades. Below is a video which was posted on Runner’s World online yesterday of an pre-Comrades interview with Bart.