2008 News Archive - Holidays - Start training now for the Comrades Marathon

25 04 2007

If you've got a penchant for pain in exotic settings, then the Comrades Marathon in South Africa is definitely for you.

The race, which takes place in Natal, is famous among those who run marathons for being the one of the most gruelling in the world.

Runners must make it from Durban to Pietermaritzburg over beautiful rolling hills and vast scrublands.

There is one problem, this particular marathon actually measures 86.7 miles.

Usually about 20,000 runners show up for the race, which starts in the early morning and takes an average of 12 hours to finish.

Almost as fun as running the race itself is being a spectator. People crowd the roadside offering encouragement and refreshments to the brave runners.

And among the runners themselves there is an atmosphere of brotherhood, with some participants having been known to carry their exhausted comrades the last few miles.

South Africa is known for its rugged scenery and bountiful wildlife and first-time visitors to the country will not be disappointed.

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