Blisters, sweat and tears mark Africa's oldest marathon
The famously fierce Comrades Marathon defines thousands of runners as they cover the 56-mile journey that makes or breaks them. The merciless clock ticks away while participants pound the tar and tackle five punishing climbs.
Taking place annually in KwaZulu-Natal, the route alternates between an 'up' or a 'down' run every year. The 2013 Comrades is an ‘up’ race so it starts in Durban and comes to a blissful end in Pietermaritzburg. The extremely tough course is best described as ‘The Big Five’, named for the grueling uphill sections. Check out route info and more at www.comrades.com.
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Comrades Marathon 2013
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