Old Mutual makes the Comrades Marathon Underprivileged Runners’ Project dream come true
To ensure that the Ultimate Human Race is an inclusive event, major sponsor Old Mutual will be sponsoring the Old Mutual Comrades Underprivileged Runners Project over the Comrades weekend.
The project has been a part of the world’s greatest footrace for the past 16 years. Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) General Manager, Chris Fisher says, “This has been a project very close to the heart of the CMA. Through this initiative, we have been able to accommodate runners across the socio-economic spectrum and afford them an opportunity to experience the race. It has given them an opportunity to dream.”
Fisher continues, “Through the Underprivileged Runners Project, Old Mutual will demonstrate its spirit of humanity by providing support to hundreds of less fortunate runners wishing to participate in the 2017 Comrades Marathon.”
Up to 800 runners will be provided with accommodation, a comfortable mattress and blankets for a good night’s rest, ablution facilities as well substantial meals on the evenings prior to and after the race.
“Running events like the Comrades Marathon showcase South Africa at its very best,” says Karen Thomas, Old Mutual Head of Brand. “Many runners dream of competing in the Comrades Marathon, but for a variety of reasons can’t always get to the start line. By sponsoring the Comrades Underprivileged Runners Project, Old Mutual is ensuring that those runners who might not be able to afford the weekend in KwaZulu-Natal now have the chance to be a part of this special day on the South African running calendar.”
There is no charge to the runners for this facility; however for planning and logistic purposes, runners who benefit from this programme are asked to apply early in the year. Due to space limitations, only underprivileged runners will be accommodated.
Fisher adds, “We would like to thank Old Mutual for their commitment to these athletes participating in the Comrades Marathon. Initiatives such as these provide life-changing opportunities for such runners and we are proud to be associated with this leading financial services provider.”
Transportation will be provided for runners collecting their race packs at the Durban Exhibition Centre on Saturday, 3 June to the venue in Pietermaritzburg where they will be accommodated and served a hearty dinner.
On race day, runners will be provided with breakfast before being transported to the start in Durban and back to the accommodation facility after the race.
After the event, the CMA will donate the blankets and mattresses to various charity organisations in Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas. For more information, please email Nonkululeko: firstname.lastname@example.org