- People from around the world had planned to take part in the Comrades race
- However, the coronavirus pandemic made these plans pretty much impossible
- Despite the setback, citizens were allowed to participate virtually and while it wasn't the same it was a great feat of ingenuity
The Comrades Marathon draws keen athletes from across the globe but the 2020 race was called off due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Briefly.co.za reported that public gatherings of over 50 people are prohibited with only the exception of funerals and religious gatherings.
While South Africans missed out on the adrenaline of the traditional race countless took part in a virtual version.
Sifiso Nkosi was one of the local participants, reflecting on his personal journey to the point where he could compete in the 21km marathon:
"1km To Go... From a guy who was obese just 13 months ago and who ran his first 21km race in 03:11:22 to a guy who ran today's 21km in 2:29:20. I am proud of myself"
Gerda Steyn took part in Dubai, where the starting temperature was hot to say the least:
"The start of Comrades Race 2020 Dubai version. Sjeesh a “cool” 43 degrees C real feel at the start More to come! Good luck everyone! Have fun out there today!!"
While a lockdown is still in play in SA, race organisers urged citizens to follow protocol and practice social distancing and wear face masks.
Congratulations to everyone who took part and aced their own virtual race! Take a look at just a few posts below:
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