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Aiming for their Comrades Quadruple Green Numbers


Five passionate Comrades Marathon runners are aiming for their 40th Comrades finish at this year’s 92nd Comrades Marathon on Sunday, 4 June 2017.

They are:

  • Mike Cowling
  • Wietsche van der Westhuizen
  • Johann van Eeden
  • Boysie van Staden
  • Shaun Wood

Three of these outstanding athletes will be embarking upon their 40th consecutive Comrades race, namely Mike, Wietsche and Shaun.  Achieving Comrades Quadruple Green Number status is no mean feat, with only twelve runners having earned the coveted accomplishment. They are:

  • Dave Rogers (45 finishes)
  • Barry Holland (44 finishes)
  • Louis Massyn (44 finishes)
  • Alan Robb (42 finishes)
  • Clive Crawley (42 finishes)
  • Dave Lowe (42 finishes)
  • David Williams (41 finishes)
  • Kenny Craig (40 finishes)
  • Riel Hugo (40 finishes)
  • Zwelitsha Gono (40 finishes)
  • Tommy Neitski (40 finishes)
  • Vic Boston (40 finishes)

The concept of Comrades Marathon Green Numbers was first introduced in 1972 but has since been applied retrospectively. Being members of an exclusive band of individuals who have experienced a special relationship with this great race, they retain their Comrades Marathon race number in perpetuity.

The criteria for inclusion in the Comrades Marathon Green Number Club Roll of Honour is 3 Comrades wins; 5 Comrades gold medals or 10+ Comrades finishes.

CMA General Manager, Chris Fisher has thanked the runners for their passion for The Ultimate Human Race, saying, “Each of you has showcased the true spirit of the Comrades Marathon through sheer grit, determination and hard work. We wish you well as you conquer this year’s edition of the most iconic road running race in the world.” 

Note: The 2017 Comrades Marathon be the 47th up-run, starting at the Durban City Hall at 5h30 and finishing twelve hours later at the home of the Golden Horse Casino – the Scottsville Racecourse in Pietermaritzburg.