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Comrades Marathon House

Location: Kwazulu Natal, Pietermaritzburg

Legends and legacies are exhibited at the museum which has a collection of personal marathon mementoes donated by former competitors.

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Comrades Marathon House


The world's greatest ultra-marathon, contested annually between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, the Comrades Marathon is internationally recognised for the body-sapping challenge it poses and the camaraderie it fosters among its participants.

The Comrades Marathon House is located in Scottsville in a fine old Victorian house. It contains memorabilia and personal effects from those involved with the history of the Comrades Marathon.

One of the most popular exhibits is the 1:25000 model of the Comrades route. The 'big five' hills on the up route challenge appear in the order of Cowies Hill, Fields Hill, Botha's Hill, Inchanga and Poly Shorts. The strenuous downhill distance also tackles some climbing faces including the hillsides of Inchanga, Alverstone, Cowies Hill and Botha's Hill.

The Museum's photographs document the beginning of this global gathering initiated in 1921 by World War 1 veteran Vic Clapham as a tribute race to the South African soldiers who died in the Great War (1914-1918).

Comrades Marathon House serves as the headquarters for the Comrades Marathon and a museum to the history of the race and its victors. The museum also hosts visits by school groups.


 


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