Gerda goes to Comrades


Gerda Steyn, the defending champion, will compete at the Comrades start in Durban this year.

The 34-year-old long-breather completed the last uphill race in 2019 in a spectacular time of 05:58:53. In doing so, she became the first woman to jog this route in less than six hours.

She of course won last year’s downhill route from Pietermaritzburg to Durban in a time of 5:44:54.

But this year is an Olympic year and with the marathon taking place on 11 August in Paris, there was uncertainty about the South African marathon star’s Comrades participation.

However, Steyn confirmed on social media that she will indeed be part of this ultramarathon action.

“Experts have always questioned some of my decisions, but to date I don’t regret anything. In fact, I’m at my happiest when I follow my own head,” she shared on social media.

She added that excitement and goal setting are important ingredients for a runner’s winning recipe.

“That’s why this year I’m not going to mess with what has worked for me until now. So I can’t wait to see you all on June 9th!”

According to Steyn, the Comrades is an experience that one cannot simply describe.

“The thousands of runners who brave the road together every year are a unique experience and a jewel of our country,” she told RNews at the time.

She added that the uphill race is her favorite route.

“However, the fact remains that both versions of the Comrades are bumpy and the battle is between yourself and the distance, regardless of the direction in which you have to run. However, you can train beforehand and plan however you want, but 70% of the Comrades you run in your head.”

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Posted by Gerda Steyn on Friday, May 24, 2024