Impressive participation in Comrades Centenary Hope Challenge

Jun 14, 2021

Media Release from Comrades Marathon Association 

Runners in South Africa and around the world celebrated 100 years since the first running of the Comrades Marathon and inspired hope in their villages, towns, cities and in nearly 60 countries worldwide by participating in the Comrades Centenary Hope Challenge.

By the time entries had closed for the Comrades Marathon Association’s (CMA) second virtual event, dubbed the #HopeChallenge, a total of 14484 entrants from just about every continent had signed up to be a part of it.

CMA Chairperson, Cheryl Winn has thanked South Africans and the world at large for supporting what has been, The Ultimate Virtual Race, making it an all-round inclusive running affair, attracting runners, their families, friends and even their pets to be part of the virtual event. Runners showcased the camaraderie, triumph and hope of the human spirit in yesterday’s virtual event, especially in light of the Covid-19 pandemic and the social distancing directives issued by governments around the world.”

Winn says, “We had planned to make the hundredth year of the Comrades Marathon that much more fun, inclusive and memorable but Covid-19 certainly precluded a lot of the festivities from taking place. However, we are extremely grateful that this year’s second virtual event had resonated so strongly with the running community all over the world that so many participants dared to hope with us and be part of the Comrades Centenary Hope Challenge.”

The country breakdown is as follows:

Country Number
South Africa 12811
Brazil 379
UK 210
Australia 132
USA 128
Zimbabwe 120
Zambia 116
UAE 83
Germany 59
India 58
Botswana 48
Namibia 48
Canada 40
Ireland 37
New Zealand 31
Switzerland 23
Kenya 22
Japan 17
Netherlands 14
Eswatini 9
Uganda 8
Austria 7
Israel 7
Belgium 6
Singapore 6
Hong Kong 5
Indonesia 5
Mozambique 5
Colombia 4
France 4
Mauritius 4
Portugal 4
Vietnam 4
Taiwan 3
Thailand 3
Argentina 2
Finland 2
Malaysia 2
Spain 2
St Martin 2
Turkey 2
Bolivia 1
Chile 1
Cyprus 1
Denmark 1
Hungary 1
Malawi 1
Nigeria 1
Norway 1
Philippines 1
Poland 1
Russia 1
Scotland 1
Sweden 1
Tanzania 1
Trinidad and Tobago 1
Wales 1


CMA General Manager, Keletso Totlhanyo issued a huge vote of thanks to all Comrades Marathon sponsors, partners, runners and stakeholders, saying, “We are immensely grateful for the support from our fellow South Africans, our sponsors and partners, our nationwide network of running clubs, schools, our reigning and former champions, our green number runners, our international brand ambassadors and every participant around the world. You have all contributed in making the Comrades Centenary Hope Challenge an incredibly inclusive virtual event, the success of which is still being felt globally. You have all inspired hope.”

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