Posted by: Joe English | June 16, 2008

Races: Comrades Marathon comes off without a hitch

The publication “The Mercury” is reporting today on the South African Comrades Marathon, saying that the race went off without a hitch. The 87KM ultramarathon is one of the world’s largest running events.

This year’s Comrades Marathon – the 83rd staging of the world-renowned 87km run – went smoothly with only a few injuries reported.

This was in stark contrast with last year’s race, which was marred by the death of two runners who collapsed at the finish.

Chris Botha, a spokesperson for Netcare 911, which manned the medical tents along the route and at the finish, said no major mishaps were reported. Paramedics were kept busy treating common sports-related injuries.

“There are a lot of cramps, which is obviously common in the race, but other than that things are actually going quite well,” he said.

A spokesperson for the Road Traffic Inspectorate, Zinhle Mngomezulu, said that “all had been in order” during the marathon.

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