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

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Frik The Legend

I ran my first road race in 1981 and did most of my running in the 1980's and 1990's. At every race there was one face I always saw. It is still the same today. Frik is always there.

Frik du Preez is one of South Africa's running legends. This past weekend he ran his 2000th official race. This is Frik's Facebook entry:

2000th race done and dusted - 176 x ultras, 225 x marathons, 142 x 32km, 702 x 21km, 334 x 15km, 331 x 10km, 90 x orther = 54417.8km

54417,8 official race kilometers! Wow,,,that is all I can say. And yes...that is 702 half marathons!

Frik, I salute you. 2000 races is a goal I have as well. But I have a long way to go...

There are so many photos of Frik around it was impossible to select something specific. So I'm just posting a random few.

A few medals.

In the 1980's we got badges for races and not medals.

Frik and his "dog", Bottel.

700 half marathons done!

Marshalling at the Colgate 32/15km.

Some permanent numbers.

What he does when he is not running.

A young Frik at the Harrismith Mountain Race.

Congratulations Frik! You are a true legend and a great inspiration.


Kovas Palubinskas said...

An amazing feat, great consistency to log that many races!

misszippy said...

Wow--that's incredible. May he run forever!

One Crazy Penguin said...

That's a heck of a lot of medals!!!

Karien P. said...


Char said...

Incredible and impressive. That man is extraordinary.

coach dion said...

I'm about half way there... my tally stands at 971, but there are a number of cross country races not in my records (can I include them?)

I take my hat off to you Frik

Amy Crawshaw said...

Wow. That is amazing!

Robin said...


Liz said...

What what what???!!! I just can't egt my head around those numbers! Incredible!

Giorgio said...

Absolutely extraordinary.