Polokwane Municipality and Capricorn District Municipality held an official farewell for runners from Limpopo gearing up for the Comrades Marathon. The world’s largest and oldest ultramarathon race will take place on Sunday, 9 June.

The athletes will embark on the gruelling up-run from Durban to Pietermaritzburg.

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Among the attendees was 82-year-old Johannes Mosehla, who shattered a 34-year record in 2023 as the oldest person to complete the Comrades Marathon at the age of 81. Mosehla proved that age is just a number when it comes to chasing dreams.

The event commenced with warm welcome remarks from the Polokwane Council Speaker, Kobela Modiba setting the tone for an evening filled with encouragement and support. Cllr Makgalemele Makhura, MMC for Sport at CDM, extended gratitude to all guests.

Send-off for Comrades Marathon runners from Limpopo
John Mpe


Ludwick Mamabolo, the 2012 Comrades Marathon champion, shared words of wisdom and motivation with the aspiring athletes. He urged them to stay focused, ignore distractions, and embrace the challenge ahead with confidence.

“Stick to your comfortable pace, and you will make it,” Mamabolo affirmed, instilling belief and determination in the runners.

Representing the Executive Mayor of Capricorn District, Cllr Calvin Masoga delivered a heartfelt message, expressing support and well wishes to the athletes.

“Your district and your city are your biggest cheerleaders,” Masoga affirmed. Polokwane Executive, Cllr Makoro John Mpe, echoed sentiments of admiration and encouragement. Recognizing the dedication and hard work invested by the athletes.

“We are committed to supporting you every step of the way,” Cllr Mpe assured, urging the runners to run with pride.

In closing, Cllr Mpe extended best wishes on behalf of Polokwane Municipality and the entire community. “We look forward to celebrating your achievements upon your return,” he concluded, igniting a sense of anticipation.

As the Limpopo runners embark on their journey, they carry with them the support and encouragement of Polokwane Municipality and Capricorn District Municipality.