n South African Journal of Sports Medicine - An analysis of Comrades marathon records : a 2008 update : commentary

Volume 20, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1015-5163
  • E-ISSN: 2078-516X



The Comrades marathon is an ultra-distance race held annually between Durban and Pietermaritzburg in South Africa. An interesting feature of this race is that the direction alternates each year between the two cities, with the run from Durban to Pietermaritzburg being uphill in nature, while the 'down' run from Pietermaritzburg to Durban is, conversely, predominantly downhill in nature. Because of this it can be expected that different runners may excel at one or the other 'direction' and that the times will differ between 'up' and 'down' races. This is, indeed, the case, albeit with a few exceptions.

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