"I'd rather be seen on my bicycle than on a park run" - Quote from the dark side

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Three Things Thursday

1.) I received this in the mail a few days ago…


A finishers certificate for the Mont-Aux-Sources 50km challenge I ran in September. It was accompanied by a letter to thank me for running and donating to the Conservation Trust. Another great gesture from a great event.

2.) Comrades Marathon entries stand at 10811 this morning. Entries close on 30 November and will be capped at 18000. I’m not sure they’ll get 18000 this year but we’ll see. It’s still crazy...already nearly 11000 runners aiming to run 90km (55.8 miles) next May. I’ll start posting more about Comrades soon.


3.) Staying with the Comrades; it was announced yesterday that this year’s Comrades made a Guinness World Record for the ultra marathon with the most finishers. This year 14343 runners finished the 90km race within the 12 hour cutoff time.

23 comments:

Julie said...

Hi Johann,
Anyone who runs a marathon is impressive in my book! Anyone who can do over 50 is amazing:) Did you sign up for both of these races? Looking at the number of people who sign up for these races...shows me that there has got to be something special there. Maybe after a few more marathons I would consider doing something a little longer:) Too bad that you didn't live over here...you could pace me:)

Quinton J said...

Johann...this is on my list. I MUST DO THIS RUN...one of these days. Are you running this?

Lisa said...

oh my gosh...That comrades marathon is a HUGE event. cRaZy!

Jill said...

Comrades Marathon is high on my bucket list - one day I hope to do it! Congrats on your certificate, that's so cool!

Teamarcia said...

Johann you're doing Comrades? Awesome!

DRog said...

Nice Cert!

and again the Ultra accomplishment is just huge

Marlene said...

That is an enormous field for an ultra!

Adrienne said...

That is a huge race! Especially for an ultra. I love thinking about the logistics and coordination that would take.

Indi said...

That is one huge Ultra!! Maybe some day :)

ultra collie said...

omg! 14343 finishers! id feel chlostraphobic with that many people.amazing.

Char said...

I had no idea that Comrades was so big. So many people who are prepared to hurt themselves so bad.

Jennifer said...

Ha! Over 14,000 finishers... so many crazy people out there!

Candice @ I Have Run said...

What an awesome feeling it would be to stand among that many people with the same amazing goal. I think Conrades finishers are truly amazing. Looking forward to the ongoing updates!

Anne said...

That Comrades is some crazy mileage :) You're such an amazing runner!

Colin Hayes said...

I remember years ago when local races would send out postcards showing the official time, overall place, gender place and division place (pre-internet). I miss getting those. Nice to see someone still sends them out. Congrats!
Comrades sounds crazy! I'm used to seeing ultra fields in the 100-200 participant range.

The Green Girl said...

That's awesome that the Mont-Aux-Sources 50km challenge sent you a certificate like that.

When I read about Comrades, I get giddy.

Staci said...

Have you entered for Comrades 2011 - I imagine it will be a walk-in-the-park for you after your Mont Aux Sources achievement.
Maybe I'll meet you at Carnival on Sunday?

Amy said...

How nice to get a finisher's certificate in the mail!
I am really looking forward to following your Comrades journey - I have read two articles about it in Runner's World and it just fascinates me.

Black Knight said...

Late congrats for the good job on the 15k. Impressive how so many runners enter such a difficult race. It is beautiful to find a certificate like that in the mail, isn't it?

Molly said...

wow, are you doing both of those? If so I don't doubt you'll do great...enjoy the weekend!

Chris K said...

That's on my Bucket List. I can't wait for that race report.

Giorgio said...

14343 runners finished! I didn't think that Comrades race was so big with that many people.

Hav a nice Sunday Johann!

shannon said...

I didn't realize that ultra races registered so many runners, 14343 runners finished? Amazing!