Comrades 2015 Early Edition

IMG_0522 (Large)Sunrise this morning at the ComradesMarathon. Runners at 45th Cutting.Durban heading up to Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.

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“The Comrades Marathon is an ultramarathon of approximately 89 km (approx. 56 miles)[1] which is run annually in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg.

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It is the world’s largest and oldest ultramarathon race[verification needed].

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The direction of the race alternates each year between the “up” run (87 km) starting from Durban and the “down” run (89 km) starting from Pietermaritzburg.

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The field is capped at 23,000 runners, and entrants hail from more than 60 countries.[2]

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In every event since 1988, over 10,000 runners have reached the finish within the allowed 11 or 12 hours.

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With increased participation since the 1980s, the average finish times for both genders, and the average age of finishers have increased substantially.[3]

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Runners over the age of 20 qualify when they are able to complete an officially recognised marathon (42.2 km) in under five hours.[4]

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During the event an athlete must also reach five cut-off points in specified times to complete the race.[1]

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The spirit of the Comrades Marathon is said to be embodied by attributes of camaraderie, selflessness, dedication, perseverance, and ubuntu.[5]” ~ Wikipedia

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Canon South Africa 6D, Canon EF 17–40mm lens, Yongnuo Magyarországflash from CameraStuff. ISO 200, F4, 1/250 sec

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— at 45th Cutting.

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