Conducted by the South African Comrades Marathon Association (MCA), the virtual race, which started at midnight on Sunday, will end at midnight on Monday. The marathon has been happening every year since 1921. The only break was during World War II. But in 2020, the pandemic has led to the dissolution of the event, which pulled countless runners from different parts of the world.
The 40,000 entries received from the 86 nations for the virtual race has well exceeded the number of runners in the original event. The CMA chairperson Cheryl Winn said, “Sunday, 14 June, is going to be a fun and festive day with participants from around the world sharing the spirit of camaraderie and unity on what would’ve been the 95th Comrades Marathon race day.” The participation-level from India has exceeded the response received from Brazil, the UK, the US, Australia, Zimbabwe, and the host nation South Africa.