The CMA decided to initiate a programme whereby runners could apply to be housed and nourished prior to and after participating in the race. This saw the start of the CMA’s Underprivileged Runners Programme which was launched over a decade ago.
Through the Underprivileged Runners Programme, the CMA will once provide this support to needy runners wishing to participate in the 2017 Comrades Marathon.
There is no charge to the runners for this facility however, spaces are limited and only needy runners will be accommodated.
Transportation will be provided for runners collecting their race packs at the Durban Exhibition Centre on 3rd June 2017 to the venue in Pietermaritzburg where they will be accommodated and served dinner.
On race day, runners will be provided with breakfast and then transported to the start in Durban and back to the accommodation facility after the race.
After the event, the CMA will donate the blankets and mattresses to various charity organisations in Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas.
Thami Vilakazi, marketing manager of the CMA said: “An important aspect of the Comrades Marathon’s vision is to retain its position as South Africa’s most inclusive sporting event and this entails accommodating runners across the socio-economic spectrum and affording them an opportunity to experience the camaraderie of being part of The Ultimate Human Race.”
The CMA also announced that more than R600,000 has been raised for charity by Comrades Marathon runners since the opening of entries in September 2016.
The figure includes donations made by runners whilst entering the race as well as those who are running for a cause and asking friends and family to donate to their chosen Comrades AmaBeadiBeadi charity through the Race4Charity initiative.
The latest top fundraiser was Tracy Bamber who increased her fundraising by R6,357. She remains our top Race4Charity fundraiser with R22,257 raised for the Starfish Greathearts Foundation.
358 runners have registered for the Race4Charity Drive while 18 runners are past the R5000 mark and qualify for the ‘C’ Batch.