2021 Comrades Marathon cancelled

Joe Mackie
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Photo credit: Gallo Images

From Runner's World

The Comrades Marathon, the world’s biggest ultramarathon, will not go ahead this year because of the Covid pandemic. The 95th running of the iconic 90-mile race between the South African cities of Pietermaritzburg and Durban was due to take place on June 13.

It’s another blow after last year’s race became the first not to go ahead since the Second World War; the cancellation is particularly bitter because this year’s event would have marked the 100th anniversary of the first Comrades race, which was run in May 1921.

The Comrades Marathon Association said that the decision ‘was both a moral and practical imperative given the ongoing uncertainty and unprecedented circumstances of the Coronavirus pandemic, the onset of a second wave and a significantly more infectious variant of Covid-19, as well as the ongoing National State of Disaster and its associated restrictions.’

Photo credit: Gallo Images
Photo credit: Gallo Images

There is some good news, though. After the success of last year’s virtual event, in which 43,788 runners from more than 100 countries took part, organisers have confirmed that there will be a second Comrades virtual race on June 13. Details will be announced later, but you can keep an eye on developments here.

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