A project intended to record all the Comrades Gold medal winners on our Geni tree (but not limited to Gold medal winners): Heroes are usually associated with fanfares, limelight and maximum exposure, which is generally the case with Comrades Marathon, with the winners, especially in the modern age, being accorded huge worldwide TV and media coverage. We remember all past "Heroes" and not just the great achievers but the ordinary, generally non-athletic runner who participates merely to finish. It is these "Heroes" who epitomise and capture the spirit of the Comrades Marathon encapsulated in the constitution of the Comrades Marathon Association.
The Comrades Marathon is an ultramarathon of approximately 89 km (approx. 56 miles) which is run annually in the Kwazulu-Natal Province of South Africa between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg. It is the world's largest and oldest ultramarathon race.
The first Comrades Marathon took place on 24th May 1921, Empire Day, starting outside the City Hall in Pietermaritzburg with 34 runners. It has continued since then every year with the exception of the war years 1941-1945, with the direction alternating each year between Pietermaritzburg and Durban, the so called up & down runs.
The Comrades Marathon is a cherished South African national treasure and attracts thousands of runners, spectators and television viewers every year.
We invite you to participate in this project and add profiles of Comrades medal winners.
Still not on our tree - Anyone related to:
- Arthur Newton
- Hardy Ballington
- Wally Hayward
- Jackie Mekler
- Alan Robb
- Bruce Fordyce
- Frith Van Der Merwe
- Elena Nurgalieva
Comrades runners profiles on Geni
(With amount of medals achieved.)
Permanent Green Number Club
To achieve this prestige you need to have successfully completed 10 Comrades Marathons - 10 medals achieved. Comrades Runners already on the tree:
- Johannes Petrus Meyer - (18 Medals) Permanent Green Number Club.
- Julanie Meyer - (10 Medals) Permanent Green Number Club.
- Harry John Buchanan - (13 Medals) Permanent Green Number Club.
- Ockert Casper Dupper (10 medals)
Gold Medal winners
Each year the first 10 Men usually completing the crueling 89 km between 6hours and 6.30 hours and 1st 10 Lady runner usually completing within 6 - 7 hours recieve a geniune gold medal, sponsored by the Harmony Gold mine.
- Wikipedia Comrades Marathon
- Comrades Marathon official site
- Bygones and Byways: Comrades Marathon History